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 Co-Director for the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan.
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Education and Training
- PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, Art History and Archaeology
- MA, University of Missouri-Columbia, 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
Ambrose of Milan and Community Formation in Late Antiquity (editor, with Robert Grant; Cambridge Scholars, 2021)
"Ambrose and Art: Toward a Community Aesthetic," in Ambrose of Milan and Community Formation in Late Antiquity, edited by Ethan Gannaway and Robert Grant, 151-71, Cambridge Scholars, 2021.
"Introduction," co-author Robert Grant, in Ambrose of Milan: (Re-) Constructing Community, edited by Ethan Gannaway and Robert Grant, 1-11, Cambridge Scholars, 2021.
Ambrose of Milan's Misericordia (editor, with Robert Grant and Markus Vinzent), Studia Patristica (single fascicle, forthcoming 2021)
"Seeing the Poor in Ambrose of Milan," in Ambrose of Milan's Misericordia, edited by Ethan Gannaway, Robert Grant, and Markus Vinzent, Studia Patristica (forthcoming fascicle 2021).
"Introduction: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ambrose's Misericordia," co-author Robert Grant, in Ambrose of Milan's Misericordia, edited by Ethan Gannaway, Robert Grant, and Markus Vinzent, Studia Patristica (forthcoming fascicle 2021).
"Azione e pensiero of the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan," in Studia Ambrosiana 12 (2019): 179-88.
"A Viewer Walks into a Tomb: Transformation in the Cubiculum Leonis," in The Art of Transformation: Case Studies from Mediterranean Contexts, edited by Renee Gondek and Elizabeth Molacek, Oxbow (January 2019).
St. Ambrose's University: In the Words of the Patron Saint of Scholars, St. Ambrose University (Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan), 2017.
"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
"Beyond Olympus: Two Representations of a Roman Provincial God," Museum Magazine (Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia) No. 45 (Fall 2004): 10-11.
More About Dr. Gannaway
Early Christian-Medieval History
"Seeing the Poor in Ambrose of Milan," Oxford Patristics Conference, 2019
"Making Ambrose in the Midwest: Community and the Patron's Portrait," Making Connections: Global Impacts of Art and Design, St. Ambrose University, 2018
"Ambrose on Art: Toward a Community Aesthetic," St. Ambrose of Milan:(Re-) Constructing Community. An International and Interdisciplinary Conference, St. Ambrose University, 2018
"Azione e pensiero della Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan," Dies Academicus, Classe di Studi Ambrosiani, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana Milan (Italy), 2018
"Investing in the Patron Saint: The Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan," A Distinctive Vision? Catholic Education Fifty Years after Land O'Lakes, St. Louis University, St. Louis, 2017
"Freedom of Speech in Ancient Rome," Freedom of Speech in History and Philosophy, Constitution Day Panel, Saint Ambrose University, 2017
"The Cock on the Column: Ambrose, Art, Audience," Oxford Patristics Conference, 2015
"Ambrose and the Salutaria Praecepta," The Transformation of Poverty, Philanthropy, and Healthcare in Late Antiquity (Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity XI), U. of Iowa, Iowa City, 2015
- Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Classe di Studi Ambrosiani
- Member of Archaeological Institute of America
- College Arts Association
- North American Patristics Society