Oliver Nicholson is a very early mediaevalist. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and teaches courses on post-classical Latin authors as well as a sequence of undergraduate courses on the Age of Constantine the Great, of Saint Augustine of Hippo and of Justinian and Muhammad, for which he has won a couple of teaching awards. Oxford Univeristy Press has invited him to be the General Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, a reference book of a million words modelled on the 3rd edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary, but covering the half-millennium c. 250-c. 750 A.D.. He also has on the stocks a book on Roman persecution of the Early Christians, a monograph on Lactantius, the ‘Christian Cicero’ and an annotated translation of the Roman travel-writer Dionysius of Byzantium. For five happy years from 1995-2000 he was the Director of the Center for Mediaeval Studies and enjoyed sustained and witty teasing from the graduate student staff for his way of spelling ‘mediaeval’.