Program: MA in ECS
Area(s) of Interest: Letters of Consolation, Christian Platonism, Neo-Platonism, Non-Chalcedonian Christianity, Boethius, Augustine, and their Medieval Reception, the allegoresis of Homer and Plato
Bramwell Atkins graduated magna cum laude from Sewanee: the University of the South with majors in English and Classical Languages (Latin) in 2021. He then received a third B.A. in Greek from Sewanee in 2022. During the first semester of his fifth year at Sewanee, he studied Greek and the historical-critical fabric of the New Testament with Professor Paul Holloway. During the second semester,he focused his studies principally around Boethius’s De Consolatione Philosophiae and its reutilization of ancient consolatory schools. Prior to that, he spent a semester at Oxford, during which time he had the opportunity to examine 13th-14th-century manuscripts in the Bodleian library, thus whetting his appetite for future palaeographical studies. During his time at Notre Dame, he hopes to study the intellectual trends in Late Antiquity which most deeply impacted Dante, in preparation for a PhD in Medieval Studies. He also hopes to understand the impact of Christianity on the consolatory tradition, in order to revive the practice of Christian consolatory literature for the present day.