Dr Michael Hanaghan

Research Fellow
Biblical and Early Christian Studies

Dr Michael Hanaghan

Areas of expertise: Latin epistolography; historiography; panegyric

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5055-703X

Phone: +613 9953 3147

Email: michael.hanaghan@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

Prior to joining ACU I was an Associate Lecturer in Classics at the University of Exeter (2016-2016), then an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018) and the principal investigator of an IRC funded project which examined the letters of Sidonius Apollinaris.

I completed my PhD in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney in 2015, following a B.A (Advanced), B.A (Hons I), and Grad. Cert (Ancient World). I also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Exeter). I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a Charlemont Scholar of the Royal Irish Academy.

My first monograph Reading Sidonius’ Epistles, was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2019. I have published article length studies on epistolography, panegyric, and historiography with a particular focus on the Late Latin West. I am currently writing a monograph, which examines how Christian writers used the Classical tradition throughout Late Antiquity to critique Greco-Roman divinatory practice.

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  • 2019 Reading Sidonius' Epistles, (Cambridge University Press).

Journal articles

  • (forthcoming) “Rufinus' Bloody Pagan Tyrants,” Vigiliae Christianae.
  • (forthcoming) “Christian Visions and Sozomen’s Julian,” Studia Patristica LXXVI. 
  • (forthcoming 2021) “Sidonius Apollinaris contra Claudianus Mamertus: Jerome, Julianus Pomerius, and the Subversion of Praise,” Journal of Early Christian Studies  29.3.
  • (2020) “Competing at Otium? A Juxtaposed Reading of Sidonius’ Baths,” Journal of Late Antiquity 13.1, 117-136.
  • (2019) “Ammianus Marcellinus' Future Signs, A Historiographical Study.” Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte 68.2, 233-255.
  • (2018) “Pliny’s Epistolary Directions,” Arethusa 51.2, 137-62.
  • (2018) “A Metaliterary Approach to Ursicinus’ Outburst (Amm. Marc. 20.2.4),” Philologus, Zeitschrift für antike Literatur und ihre Rezeption 162.1, 115-136.
  • (2017) “Note de lecteur: The Temporality of Seneca’s Epistles,” Latomus 76.1, 203-6.
  • (2017) “Avitus’ Characterisation in Sidonius’ Carm. 7.” Mnemosyne 70.2, 262-280.
  • (2017) “Micro Allusions to Pliny and Virgil in Sidonius’ Programmatic Epistles.” International Journal of the Classical Tradition 24.3, 249-61.
  • (2017) "Ammianus’ Rainbows and Constantius’ Fate.” Hermes. Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie 145.4, 445-57.
  • (2017) “Latent Criticism of Anthemius and Ricimer in Sidonius’ Epistula 1.5.” Classical Quarterly 67.2, 631-49.


  • (forthcoming) “Precision and the limits of human autopsy in Augustine’s critique of pagan divination,” in The Intellectual World of Christian Late Antiquity: Reshaping Classical Traditions, L. Ayers, M. Champion and M. Crawford (eds), (Cambridge University Press). 
  • (2018) “Sidonius Apollinaris and the Making of an Exile Persona” in Mobility and Exile at the End of Antiquity, D. Rohmann, J. Ulrich and M. Vallejo Girvés (eds), (Peter Lang), 259-272.


  • Rezension: Hendrik Hess, Das Selbstverständnis der gallo-römischen Oberschicht, Historische Zeitschrift (forthcoming)
  • Review "The Specter of the Jews, Emperor Julian and the Rhetoric of Ethnicity in Syrian Antioch by Ari Finklestein." Journal of Early Christian Studies 27.4, 2019, 669-71.
  • "The Conclusion of the Commentary on Ammianus Marcellinus." Classical Review 69.2 (2019), 478-480.
  • “Review: R. Poignault and A. Stoehr-Monjou, Présence de Sidoine Apollinaire.” Journal of Roman Studies 107, 2017, 466-8.
  • “Papers on Sidonius Apollinaris.” Classical Review 65.1, 2015, 163-165.


  • 2020 “Dreams, Divination, and Daemons, The Contested Future of Late Antiquity (306-430 CE)”, Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship, €20 000, Principle Investigator: Dr Michael Hanaghan; Project mentor: Prof. Dr. Harmut Leppin

  • 2016-2018 Finding Fiction: A Reading of Sidonius' Epistolary Narratives, Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, €90 000, Principle Investigator: Dr Michael Hanaghan; Project Mentor: Dr Catherine Ware.

Accolades and awards

  • Charlemont Award, Royal Irish Academy (2018)
  • Dean’s Citation for Teaching Excellence, University of Exeter (2016)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Sydney (2011-2014)
  • James Kentley Memorial Scholarship, University of Sydney (2013)

Appointments and affiliations

  • Research Fellow (Latin Christianity in Late Antiquity), Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University (September 2018 - ongoing)
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (2020)
  • Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University College Cork (October 2016 to September 2018)
  • Erasmus Teaching Exchange Fellow, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (March 2017)
  • Associate Lecturer in Classics, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter (September 2015 to September 2016)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Ancient North Africa Research Network, University of Sydney (July 2014-August 2015)

Editorial roles

  • Editorial Assistant: The Donatist Schism, Controversy and Contexts, R. Miles (ed.), Liverpool University Press, 2018.


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