Ethan Gannaway


Dr. Gannaway teaches and researches interdisciplinary topics centered on the ancient world, using text and image to understand the past with emphasis on ancient Rome, particularly late antique Rome, and the transition from traditional Roman culture to medieval, Christian culture. He is also Associate Director for the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan.

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Education and Training

  • PhD, University of Missouri, Classical Archaeology
  • MA, University of Missouri, Classical Languages
  • MA, University of Minnesota, Ancient and Medieval Art and Archaeology
  • BA, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, Humanities (Classical Focus) and Greek

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Saint Ambrose of Milan
  • Late antique viewers
  • Late antique burial
  • Roosters

Recent Publications

"A Viewer Walks into a Tomb: Transformation in the Cubiculum Leonis," in The Art of Transformation, edited by Renee Gondek and Elizabeth Molacek, Oxbow (forthcoming).

"Ambrose's Baptismal Ritual as Apocalyptic Experience," Studia Ambrosiana 9 (2016): 275-292.

"Ambrose the Traditional, Christian Educator," Studia Ambrosiana 7 (2013): 273-299.

"Seeing God through the Tomb in Saint Ambrose of Milan," Studia Ambrosiana 6 (2012): 213-30

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Courses Taught

Greek History/Art History
Roman History/Art History
Early Christian-Medieval History/Art History
Classical Mythology


"The Cock on the Column: Ambrose, Art, Audience," Oxford Patristics Conference, 2015
"Ambrose and the Salutaria Praecepta," Shifting Frontiers, Iowa City, 2015
"Don't Judge a Book Only by Its Cover," Keynote Address, CommU, Feb. 2014
"Bringing Paul Back to Earth: The Cubiculum Leonis and the 'Biblical Mystique,'" Bible and Justice Conference, Saint Ambrose University, May 30 - June 2, 2013
"Necessary Roughness? The Intolerant Ambrose in Context," Keynote paper, The Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan Colloquium, St. Ambrose University, April 2013
"Seeing God in Ambrose of Milan," The Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan Colloquium, St. Ambrose University, April 2012
"Ambrose at the Tomb," Panel for the Ambrose of Milan Lecture, St. Ambrose University, April 2010

Professional Affiliations
  • Member of Archaeological Institute of America
  • College Arts Association
  • North American Patristics Society


Ethan Gannaway

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