Dr Maijastina Kahlos

Subject: Classics, Roman History

Department/institution: Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki

Contact details: maijastina.kahlos@helsinki.fi


Maijastina Kahlos is a docent (adjunct professor) of Latin language and Roman literature at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests broadly include migration and mobility in the ancient Mediterranean world in Late Antiquity, everyday life in Roman history, Graeco-Roman religions as well as the Christianization of the late Roman Empire.

She is the author of Religious Dissent in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press 2020) Forbearance and Compulsion: The Rhetoric of Tolerance and Intolerance in Late Antiquity (2009), Debate and Dialogue: Christian and Pagan Cultures, c. 360-430 (2007) and Vettius Agorius Praetextatus: Senatorial Life in Between (2002). She has edited The Faces of the other: Religious Rivalry and Ethnic Encounters in the Later Roman World (Brepols 2012) and Emperors and the Divine: Rome and its Influence (2016) and coedited Slavery in the Late Antique World, 150-700 CE (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022), Recognition and Religion: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives (2019), Spaces in Late Antiquity: Cultural, Theological and Archaeological Perspectives (2016) and Changes and Continuities in Christian Apologetic (2009).

Kahlos received her master’s degree in history and her PhD in Classics at the University of Helsinki. She has worked as a research fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2011-14 and 2019-21) and as a university researcher in the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence ‘Reason and Religious Recognition’ (2014-19) as well as research fellow funded by Academy of Finland, leading her research project The Faces of the other – Otherness in the late Roman world (2005-11). She was a visiting fellow in Käte Hamburger Kolleg at the Ruhr Universität Bochum (2019) and in Friedrich Meinecke Institut at the Freie Universität Berlin (2001).