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history and art history

Ethan Gannaway

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History, Art History, and Geography
Associate Director
Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan

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
Classical Mythology

Areas of Professional Interest

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


"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 and Activities

Member of Archaeological Institute of America, College Arts Association, North American Patristics Society

Dr. Ethan Gannaway condensed CV (2016) (pdf)