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Dr Michael Champion Name: Dr Michael Champion
Senior Research Fellow
+613 9230 8226
Organisational Area
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy
Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Building 460 - 250 Victoria Parade (250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002)-Level 4-Room 460.4.19
Biographical Information

BSc., BA(Hons), MA (Melb), BD(Hons), AKC, PhD (Lond)

michael.champion at

Director, ACU Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

I specialise in Early Christian Studies and Late-Antique Philosophy and Cultural and Intellectual History. After studying Mathematical Physics, Classics, Late-Antique Studies and Theology in Melbourne and London, I was Lecturer in Classics at the University of Western Australia (2009-2015). I joined ACU's Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry in 2015. In 2016 I was an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. I currently direct ACU's Node of this research Centre. My research investigates interactions between ancient philosophy and early Christian thought, late-antique education and monasticism, ancient ethics, classical receptions, the history of violence, and the history of emotions.



Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza. Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Also available at Oxford Scholarship Online:

Dorotheus of Gaza and Ascetic Education. Oxford Early Christian Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021 forthcoming.

The Intellectual World of Christian Late Antiquity. Edited with Lewis Ayres and Matthew Crawford. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021 forthcoming.

Before Emotion. The Language of Feeling 400-1800. Edited with Juanita Feros Ruys and Kirk Essary. London: Routledge, 2019.

Cultural Perceptions of Violence in the Hellenistic World. Edited with Lara O'Sullivan. London: Routledge, 2017.

Understanding Emotions in Early Europe. Edited with Andrew Lynch. Turnhout: Brepols, 2015.

Articles and Chapters:

'Philosophy as Transformation in Early Christian Thought'. In Eastern Christianity and Late-Antique Philosophy, edited by Eva Anagnostou-Laotides and Ken Parry, 133-149. Leiden: Brill, 2020.

'From Affectus to Affect Theory and Back Again'. In Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling 400&-1800, edited by Juanita Feros Ruys, Michael Champion, and Kirk Essary, 240-256. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

and Essary, Kirk, and Ruys, Juanita F. 'Affectus from Augustine to Hume'. In Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling 400-1800, edited by idem, 1-8. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

and Stanyon, Miranda E. '"A Possession for Eternity": Thomas De Quincey's Feeling for War'. In Writing War in Britain and France, 1370-1854: A History of Emotions, edited by Stephanie Downes, Katrina O'Loughlin, and Andrew Lynch, 219-237. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

'Tradition and Habituation in Rhetorical and Monastic Education at Gaza'. In Learning Cities in Late Antiquity. The Local Dimension of Education, edited by Jan R. Stenger, 212-229. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

'Paideia as Humility and Becoming Godlike in Dorotheos of Gaza', Journal of Early Christian Studies 25.3 (2017): 441-469.

'"A Pleasure to Gaze on Great Conflicts": Violence and Epicurean Philosophy'. In Cultural Perceptions of Violence in the Hellenistic World, edited by M.W. Champion and L. O&rsquoSullivan, 157&ndash173. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

'Reframing Neoplatonism in Zacharias Scholasticus' Ammonius'. In L'École de Gaza: Espace littéraire et identité culturelle dans l'Antiquité tardive, edited by Eugenio Amato, Aldo Corcella, and Delphine Lauritzen, 99-116. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 249 / Bibliothèque de Byzantion 13. Leuven, Paris, and Bristol, CT: Peeters, 2017.

'Translating Dorotheus of Gaza: From Gaza to Humanist Europe'. In Byzantine Culture in Translation, edited by Amelia Brown and Bronwen Neil, 177-191. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017.

and O'Sullivan, L., 'Epilogue: Violence and Its Emotional Representation in the Hellenistic World'. In Cultural Perceptions of Violence in the Hellenistic World, edited by M.W. Champion and L. O&rsquoSullivan, 208-222. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

and O'Sullivan, L., '"War is the Father and King of All": Discourses, Experiences, and Theories of Hellenistic Violence'. In Cultural Perceptions of Violence in the Hellenistic World, edited by M.W. Champion and L. O'Sullivan, 1-20. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

and Garrod, R., Haskell, Y. and Ruys, J. F., 'But Were They Talking about Emotions? Affectus, affectio and the History of Emotions', Rivista Storica Italiana 128 (2016): 521-543. Commissioned essay for a special thematic issue.

'Representing Emotions in Three Byzantine Orations of Michael Psellos'. In Understanding Emotions in Early Europe, edited by A. Lynch and M.W. Champion, 27-50. Turnhout: Brepols, 2015.

and Lynch, A. 'Understanding Emotions: "The Things They Left Behind"'. In Understanding Emotions in Early Europe, edited by idem, ix-xxxiv. Turnhout: Brepols, 2015.

'"The Academy and the Lyceum are Among Us": Plato and Platonism in the Writings of Aeneas, Zacharias and Procopius'. In Plato in the Third Sophistic, edited by Ryan Fowler, 259-282. Millenium-Studien: Studien zu Kultur und Geschichte des ersten Jahrtausends n. Chr. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014.

'Grief, Body and Soul in Gregory of Nyssa'. In Conjunctions of Mind, Soul and Body from Plato to the Enlightenment, edited by D. Kambaskovic, 99-118. History of the Philosophy of Mind Series. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.

'The Siege of Rhodes and the Ethics of War', Ancient History Bulletin 28.3-4 (2014): 99-111.

'Performing and Transforming Cultures and Genres in Late-Antique Gaza'. In Approaches to Genre in the Ancient World, edited by G. Miles & M. Borg, 142-158. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013.

'Endurance, Courage, and the Life of Faith in the Monasteries near Gaza', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association 7 (2011): 55-72


Early Christian Studies, Late Antiquity, Ancient Philosophy, Intellectual and Cultural History, Classical Receptions, History of Violence, History of Emotion

Current Projects

1. Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity. This is a team project with others at ACU, Durham, and Notre Dame. The major team output is a large scale edited collection with CUP, The Intellectual World of Christian Late Antiquity.

2. Dorotheus of Gaza and late-antique education: A monograph and articles on the thought and influence of a sixth-century monk and ascetic education, including the relationship between asceticism and traditions of education in rhetoric, philosophy, and medicine.

3. Emotions History: projects on early Christian emotions healthcare and emotion emotions of isolation and the relationship between emotions history and affect theory.

4. Justice and Equity. I am interested in the development of the concept of equity from the Classical Period through to Byzantium, as it is shaped in different philosophical and Christian traditions and by its deployment in different cultures. This includes a study of alternatives to the just war tradition and a study teasing out the role equity plays in theories of justice.

5. History of Violence, including a project on genocide in the Hellenistic period.

Research Supervision and Teaching

I welcome students in areas such as Early Christianity, Late-Antique History and Philosophy and Post-Classical Intellectual and Cultural History.

I have supervised postgraduate research students in topics related to Early Christianity, Late-Antique and Byzantine Studies and Classical Literature.

My teaching (undergraduate and postgraduate) was recognised as excellent with a 2011 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and the 2014 School of Humanities Teaching Award (University of Western Australia). I have taught all levels of Greek and Latin (classical, koine and medieval), and subjects in Classical and Medieval History, Philosophy, and Literature.

Professional Memberships

Association Internationale des Études Patristiques

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies

Australasian Society for Classical Studies

Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies


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