Dr Michael Champion - Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


I specialise in Early Christian Studies and Late-Antique Cultural and Intellectual History. My research investigates interactions between Ancient Philosophy and Early Christian Thought, Late-Antique Education and Monasticism, Ancient Ethics, the History of Violence and the History of Emotions, and I welcome students in all these areas.


Phone :8226 (Melbourne)
Email :michael.champion@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Early Christianity ; Late Antiquity ; Ancient Philosophy ; Cultural and Intellectual History ; History of Emotions ; History of Violence ;

Methods Expertise

Intellectual History ; Cultural History ; Classical Languages ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


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


Grief, body and soul in Gregory of Nyssa, in D. Kambaskovic-Sawers (ed), Conjunctions: Body and Mind from Plato to Descartes. History of the Philosophy of Mind Series. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014, 99-118.

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

Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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

Other information

I am currently working on:
1. Alternatives to the Just War Tradition in Antiquity: This project asks how successive Greco-Roman cultures from Classical Athens to Byzantium thought about justice in war. Its main focus is to discover alternatives to the Just War Tradition, especially from ancient virtue ethics, through novel historical reconstructions.
2. Dorotheus of Gaza and projects relating to Late-antique Gaza: A monograph and articles on the thought and influence of a sixth-century monk, and articles on Gazan education and society.
3. Cultural Perceptions of Violence (with Lara O'Sullivan, UWA and Luca Asmonti, UQ): An edited collection investigating cultural experiences and productions of violence, and strategies to limit, contain and mitigate it in the Hellenistic period.
4. Emotions History: In 2016 I am Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions for the project 'Translating Emotions from Palestinian Monasticism to Humanism c. 1500-1650'. I also have ongoing collaborations on the meanings of the terms affectio and affectus and on the emotions of war.