history and art history

Ethan Gannaway

Ethan Gannaway photo

Visiting Assistant Professor

Art History

Main Campus
Library, 335
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


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 specializes in St. Ambrose of Milan.

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

Courses Taught

Greek History/Art History
Roman History/Art History
Early Christian-Medieval History/Art History
Topic Courses (as planned):  Mosaics of the Greek and Roman World; Death and the Dead in the Ancient World: Classical Athens; The Roman House and Household

Areas of Professional Interest

Ambrose of Milan, Late Antiquity, Late Ancient Rome, Ancient Funerary Art, Architecture, Ritual.

Recent Publications

Gannaway,E., (2012). Seeing God through the Tomb in Ambrose of Milan. Studia Ambrosiana, 6, 1-18.

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Member of Archaeological Institute of America, College Arts Association, North American Patristics Society.
Executive coordinator of the Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan.
Co-hosted the symposium and lecture on St. Ambrose of Milan winter interim study abroad trip to Italy 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12.