Dr. Aäron Vanspauwen

Fields of interest

  • Early Christianity, in particular fourth- and fifth-century North Africa
  • Manichaean Studies
  • Textual transmission of Patristic texts

In 2019 Aäron completed a doctoral thesis on Evodius of Uzalis and his anti-Manichaean treatise Aduersus Manichaeos. Aäron's research included a new critical edition and a comprehensive analysis (literary, theological, and historical) of this text.


Education and Career

  • 2010-2013: KU Leuven, BA Linguistics and Literature: Latin and Greek
  • 2013-2014: KU Leuven, MA Linguistics and Literature: Latin and Greek
  • 2014-2016: KU Leuven, BA Theology and Religious Studies
  • 2016-2019: KU Leuven, PhD in Religious Studies
  • 2019-2022: FWO junior postdoctoral researcher, KU Leuven
  • 2021-2022: employed in the ERC Consolidator Grant AntCoCo


  • 2018: BHIR/FWO grant for a research stay at the Academia Belgica in Rome
  • 2019-2022: FWO junior postdoctoral fellowship


a) Books

In Defence of Faith, Against the Manichaeans: Critical Edition and Historical, Literary and Theological Study of the Treatise Aduersus Manichaeos, Attributed to Evodius of Uzalis (Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 79), Turnhout, Brepols, 2020.


b) Articles

“Evodius of Uzalis and the Development of Manichaeism in Roman North Africa”, in Manichaeism and Early Christianity. Selected Papers from the 2019 Pretoria Congress and Consultation (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 99), edited by J. van Oort, Leiden, Brill, 2021, 351-373.

Contra Domini uel Apostoli auctoritatem. The Authority of Paul in the Polemical Treatise De Fide Contra Manichaeos of Evodius of Uzalis”, in Studia Patristica C. Including Papers Presented at the Sixth British Patristics Conference, Birmingham, 5-7 September 2016, edited by H.A.G. Houghton, M.L. Davies & M. Vinzent, Leuven, Peeters, 2020, 237-246.

“The anti-Manichaean Treatise De fide contra Manichaeos, Attributed to Evodius of Uzalis: Critical Edition and Translation”, Sacris Erudiri 57 (2018) 7-116.

“Selection and Adaptation: The Polemical Treatise De fide contra Manichaeos in Dialogue with Augustine’s Manichaean Adversaries”, Humanitas hodie 1/2 (2018) 37-54.

[with Anthony Dupont] “The Doctrine of Original Sin Amongst Augustine’s African Contemporaries: the Case of Evodius of Uzalis’ De Fide Contra Manichaeos”, Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 21/3 (2017) 459-471.

“Latin Poetic Translations of the Batrachomyomachia: a Historical Overview”, Eirene. Studia Graeca et Latina 53 (2017) 219-237.

Contra Domini uel Apostoli auctoritatem. La autoridad de Pablo en el tratado polémico De Fide Contra Manichaeos de Evodio de Uzalis”, AVGVSTINVS 61 (2016) 395-411.


c) Reviews

Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity: The First Two Centuries (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe, 479), ed. B.J. Koet e.a., Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2018; 327 blz., €89, -, ISBN 9783161566462 (book review), Tijdschrift voor Theologie 60 (2020) 105-106.

Berzon, Todd S., Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology and  the  Limits  of  Knowledge  in  Late  Antiquity, University of California Press, Oakland 2016, ISBN 9780520284265, 320 p. (book review), Augustiniana 67/3-4 (2017) 286-287.

Rébillard, Éric, Rüpke, Jorg (eds.), Group  Identity & Religious Individuality in Late Antiquity, Catholic University of America Press, washington D.C. 2015, ISBN 9780813227436, 331 p. (book review), Augustiniana 67/3-4 (2017) 369-370.

De hemelse hiërarchie van Dionysius de Areopagiet. Vertaald en ingeleid door Árpád P. Orbán (Middeleeuwse Studies en Bronnen, 162), Hilversum, Verloren, 2016; 140 blz., €19, ISBN 9789087046088. (book review), Tijdschrift voor Theologie 57 (2017) 98-99.

Manichaica Latina. 4: Manichaei Thesaurus; Text, übersetzung und Erläuterungen von Markus Stein (Papyrologica Coloniensia, 27,4), Paderborn, Schöningh, 2016; XXVIII + 219 blz., €44,90, ISBN 978-3-506-78699-9 (book review), Tijdschrift voor Theologie 57 (2017) 293.