I am a Lecturer of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. I hold a B.A. (Classics) and M.A.T. (Latin and Classical Humanities) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Ph.D. (Classics) from the University of Texas at Austin.
My research interests range widely in Graeco-Roman religion, early Christianity, and intellectual history. In particular, I am interested in conceptions of memory and time as well as beliefs about death and the afterlife. These topics lie at the heart of my book (in preparation) on Augustine’s Confessions. See under “Research” for more information. More recently, I have developed an interest in drama and performance.
I have also co-authored an Ancient Greek textbook that teaches Greek from a diachronic linguistics approach. See under “AGDA” for more information.
I spend my free time as an amateur calligrapher and illustrator.
I may be contacted by email at james_patterson AT utexas.edu or by mail at Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin, 2210 Speedway, C3400, Austin, TX 78712.