KOSAKA Shunsuke

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KOSAKA Shunsuke
Rikkyo University
College of Arts
Job title
Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
M. Ph.(Tohoku University), D. Ph.(Tohoku University)
Other affiliation
University of Oxford Faculty of Classics


Studying about political history of the fourth century Roman Empire and historiography in Late Antiquity.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2017
Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of the Science, College of Arts, Rikkyo University
Oct 2018
Dec 2018
Research Associate, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
Nov 2017
Nov 2018
Visiting Researcher, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford
Apr 2017
Sep 2017
Adjunct Lecturer, College of Arts, Rikkyo University
Apr 2015
Sep 2017
Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Letters, Tohoku Gakuin University

Published Papers

Hisashi Hayakawa, Yasuyuki Mitsuma, Yasunori Fujiwara, Akito Davis Kawamura, Ryuho Kataoka, Yusuke Ebihara, Shunsuke Kosaka, Kiyomi Iwahashi, Harufumi Tamazawa, Hiroaki Isobe
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan   69(2)    Apr 2017   [Refereed]
Hayakawa, Hisashi Tamazawa, Harufumi Uchiyama, Yurina Ebihara, Yusuke Miyahara, Hiroko Kosaka, Shunsuke Iwahashi, Kiyomi Isobe, Hiroaki
Solar Physics   292(1) 1-14   2017   [Refereed]
Paulus 'the Chain' and Ammianus Marcellinus: The Significance of Res Gestae as a Historical Source (in Japanese)
KOSAKA Shunsuke
Seiyosigaku (The Studies in Western History)   (258) 20-36   Sep 2015   [Refereed]
Riots and 'Pagans' in the Mid-Fourth Century Alexandria (in Japanese)
KOSAKA Shunsuke
Journal of Classical Studies   64 75-87   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
KOSAKA Shunsuke
Scrinium: Journal of Patrology and Critical Hagiography   11(1) 64-77   Dec 2015   [Refereed]
This paper focused on three main issues regarding the brutal murder of George of Cappadocia on December 361 CE in Alexandria and the question of whether the “pagans” attempted to prevent the cult of the martyr. First, an examination of the sources...


review: A. J. Ross, Ammianus’ Julian: Narrative and Genre in the Res Gestae. Pp. xv + 253, Oxford UP, 2016, £65.00
KOSAKA Shunsuke
Journal of Classical Studies (in Japanese)   46 120-122   Mar 2018
The Sack of Rome in 410 AD and its Impact of the Image of 'Rome' in Late Antiquity
KOSAKA Shunsuke
The Takanashi Foundation for Historical Science Annual Report   329-336   Nov 2017
Book Review: M. Okamoto et al. eds, Rekishi outsu (in Japanese)
OHTANI Satoshi, KOSAKA Shunsuke
For New Historical Science (Atarashii Rekishigaku no tameni)   290 63-69   May 2017   [Invited]
Introduction: Japanese translations of Bertrand Lançon, L'antiquité tardive and Gilian Clark, Late Antiquity: a very short introduction
KOSAKA Shunsuke
Rekishi (Tohoku Historical Journal)   125 84-88   Oct 2015   [Refereed]
Review of Peter Van Nuffelen, Orosius and the Rhetoric of History, Oxford UK: Oxford University Press, 2012, viii+252 pp. (in Japanese)
KOSAKA Shunsuke
The Study of the Hisory of European Culture   15 155-164   Mar 2014   [Refereed]

Books etc

Satoshi OHTANI , Shunsuke KOSAKA, Takuro TSUDA, Hirotoshi AOYAGI (Part:Joint Translation, Chapter 8, 12- 18)
Hakusui-Sha   Sep 2016   ISBN:4560084580
Satoshi OHTANI , Shunsuke KOSAKA, Takuro TSUDA, Hirotoshi AOYAGI (Part:Joint Translation, Chapter 8, 12- 18)
Hakusui-Sha   Sep 2016   ISBN:4560084572
Kyoko Haga, Shunsuke Kosaka et al. (Part:Joint Translation, Translation (English- Japanese): Catalogue No. 10, 21, 54 etc. and 6 Columns.)
The Asahi Shimbun, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc., TOEI COMPANY, LTD.   Jun 2016   

Conference Activities & Talks

Ammianus Marcellinus, the old age of Rome, and the populus Romanus
KOSAKA Shunsuke
Late Roman Seminar week 6, University of Oxford, Michaelmas 2018   15 Nov 2018   
The transformation of the image of Rome: Ammianus Marcellinus, the aged Rome, and populus Romanus
KOSAKA Shunsuke
Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity Conference 2018   12 Jul 2018   
Education and Ancient Roman Society (in Japanese) [Invited]
KOSAKA Shunsuke
30 Sep 2017   
Defending the Emperor Julian by Ammianus Marcellinus
KOSAKA Shunsuke
Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity First Annual Meeting   22 Apr 2017   
Between critic and eulogy: comparing the historiography of Ammianus Marcellinus and the invectives of Gregory on the emperor Julian
KOSAKA Shunsuke
Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society 10th Annual COnference   10 Sep 2016   Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society
Emperor Julian the Apostate remains controversial character until the present day. Among the people who met him personally, we know Gregory of Nazianzus as the most incisive critic against Julian. Contrary, Ammianus Marcellinus is considered as on...

Research Grants & Projects

Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2020    Investigator(s): KOSAKA Shunsuke
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2020    Investigator(s): KOSAKA Shunsuke
The Sack of Rome in 410 AD and its Impact on the Image of ‘Rome’ in Late Antiquity
Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Takanashi Gakujutu Shorei Kikin: 
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2017    Investigator(s): KOSAKA Shunsuke
Project Year: Apr 2010 - Mar 2013    Investigator(s): KOSAKA Shunsuke


Sep 2017   Commentator at the 11th Japan-Korea-China Symposium on Ancient European History
Commentator on the paper "Aurelian's Military Reforms and the Power Dynamics across the Near East" by Kee-Hyun Ban at the 11th Japan-Korea-China Symposium on Ancient European History (on 16th September, Waseda University, Tokyo)