Dr Anna Silvas

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Anna Silvas

Phone: +61 2 6773 2109

Email: asilvas@une.edu.au


PhD (UNE), MA Hons (UMelb.), BA (USyd)

Research Interests

Dr Silvas' research interests include Classical and Semitic Linguistics, Patristics, Ascetical and Mystical Theology, and Church History with particular interest in the late Fourth century AD and Cappadocian Fathers. Her expertise in late antiquity has expanded from the Greek and Latin speaking worlds into the Syriac speaking world of the Near East.


Selection of Publications

2015    'The Syriac Translator of Basil's Small Asketikon: Translation Techniques and Personal Identity', Parole de l'Orient 40 (forthcoming 2015), 1-10; ISSN 0258-8331.

2014    Quaestiones Fratrum: Syriac Text and English Translation of Basil's Small Asketikon, Leuven: Brill, forthcoming 2014); ISBN: 978 90 04 25227 1.

2014    'The Letters of Basil of Caesarea and the Role of Letter-Collections in their Transmission', in Early Christian Letters: From the Apostle Paul to Late Antiquity, B. Neil and P. Allen (eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (forthcoming).

2013    The Rule of St Basil in Latin and English, Collegeville Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2013; ISBN: 978-0-8146-8212-8.

2013    'Basil and Gregory of Nyssa on the Ascetic Life: Introductory Comparisons', in Studia Patristica vols. liii-lxx - Papers presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2011, vol. 15 Cappadocian Writers The Second Half of the Fourth Century, ed. Markus Vinzent, Leuven: Peeters, 2013,53-62. ISBN: 978-90-429-3000-1.

2012    'More on Gregory of Nyssa's Letter to the Monk Philip', Phronema 27 no. 2 (2012), 1-34, ISSN 0819-4920, in Costache, Doru, and Kariatlis, Philip (eds.) Cappadocian Legacy: A Critical Appraisal. Adelaide and Sydney: ATF Theology and St Andrew's Orthodox Press, 2012. ISBN: 9781921817946, 271-301.

2011    'Basil and Gregory of Nyssa on the Ascetic Life: Introductory Comparisons', in Studia Patristica vols. liii-lxx - Papers presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2011, 53-62.

2011    'The Latin Regula Basili and the Syriac Questions of the Brothers: a preliminary enquiry', Parole de l'Orient 36 (2011), 445-452. ISSN 0258-8331.

2011    'In Search of the Latin Translator of Gregory of Nyssa's Letter to the Monk Philip', Gregory of Nyssa: The Minor Treatises on Trinitarian Theology and Apollinarism, Vigiliae Christianae Supplements 106, ISBN 978 90 04 19393 2, Leiden: Brill, 2011, 567-575.

2009    'Interpreting the motives of Basil's social doctrine', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association 5 (2009), 165-175; ISSN: 1449-9320.

2009    'The emergence of Basil's social doctrine: a chronological enquiry', Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church, Volume 5: Poverty and Riches, ed. G. Dunn et al., Strathfield: St Paul's Publications, 2009, 133-176; ISBN: 978 0 9752138 9 6 (v. 5).

2008    Macrina the Younger, Philosopher of God, Turnhout: Brepols, 2008; ISBN: 978-2-503-52390-3.

2007    Saint Gregory of Nyssa: the Letters, Leiden: Brill, 2007; ISBN 978-9004-15290-8.

2007    'In Quest of Basil's Retreat: An Expedition to Ancient Pontus', Antichthon 41(2007), 73–95; ISSN: 0066 4774.

2006    'Kassia the Nun c. 810 – c. 865: an appreciation', Byzantine Women: Varieties of Experience AD 800–1200, ed. Lynda Garland, Publications for the Centre for Hellenic   Studies, King's College London; no. 8 (Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2006), ISBN: 978-0-7546-5737-8), 17–39

2005    The Asketikon of Basil the Great, Oxford: OUP, 2005; ISBN 019-925351-0.

1999    'Tracking the influence of Eustathius on Macrina the Younger and her family', in Tjurunga, an Australasian Benedictine Review 57 (November 1999), 59-72.

1998    Jutta and Hildegard, the Biographical Sources, Brepols: Turnhout, 1998; ISBN 2–503-50779-4.

Selection of Grants and Awards

2007-2012 Australian Research Council Research Fellowship
2006 ASCS Early Career Award
2006 UNE Research Encouragement Award
2006 Vice-Chancellor's Special Bursary
2003-2005 Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
2003 Faculty of Arts Research Grant

Examination of Research

Research commitments permitting, Dr. Silvas from time to time undertakes the examination of suitable research theses. A selection of some of the theses she has examined includes:

2006  Cicero and the Divinae Institutiones of L. Caeclius Firmianus Lactantius (Hons, UNE)

2004  The effect of Greek Philosophy on Origen's Peri Archon (Hons, UNE)


Australasian Society for Classical Studies
Australian Academy of the Humanities, Elected Fellow
Australian Research Council Australian Research Fellowship

Further Information

Service and Administrative Duties

2007- Senior Research Fellow, School of Humanities
2003-2007 Research Fellow, School of Humanities