Welcome to Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Melbourne.
This is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programme, offering a range of courses in these areas in a series of undergraduate majors, postgraduate coursework programmes and research degrees. Some courses allow you to combine subjects from different Schools in the Arts Faculty and selected subjects from the Faculties of Music and Architecture, Building and Planning.
If you are interested in undertaking a research degree (MA or PhD), please contact staff in the relevant School.
The ancient, medieval and early modern studies program allows students to shape their subject choices according to an historical period as well as an academic discipline.
The graduate program in ancient, medieval and early modern studies is an inter-departmental program jointly offered by several Schools of the Faculty of Arts, each respected for its outstanding scholarship and particular strengths in this area of study.
Masters by Research and Doctor of Philosophy. Supervision and teaching are offered in a wide range of disciplinary fields, historical periods and regional areas, including classical and medieval languages, palaeography and manuscript studies, early European and British history, art history (especially Italian art), archaeology, literary culture (especially English literary studies) and medievalism studies.
Teaching and Research Staff
Staff are responsible for graduate coursework admissions and can help you choose subjects to constitute a major in these areas of study. See the Undergraduate and Graduate Coursework web pages for details of available courses and areas of study.
Jaynie Anderson (Culture and Communication)
Art history in the early modern period from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, with a special interest in the Renaissance in Venice. The history of conservation, patronage and twentieth-century Australian art. Director of Australian Institute of Art History.
Kim On Chong-Gossard (Historical and Philosophical Studies)
Greek tragedy, specifically the gendered use of language in Euripides. Other interests include gender theory, Senecan drama, Roman prosopography and Latin pedagogy.
Stephanie Downes (Culture and Communication)
Postdoctoral Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.
Late medieval and early modern English and French literature; history of emotions; manuscript and book culture; reception and translation; medievalism.
Véronique Duché (Languages and Linguistics)
Sixteenth-century French literature, in particular fictional works published between 1525 and 1557; chivalry novels; theoretical problems and issues concerning genre (Middle Ages and Renaissance); translation into French.
Anne Dunlop (Culture and Communication)
Art and culture of medieval and early-modern Italy and Europe; links between Italy and Asia in time of the Mongol Empire; early secular art.
Louise Hitchcock (Historical and Philosophical Studies)
Aegean Bronze Age archaeology and architecture (Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece and the Cyclades). Archaeological theory: especially contextual and spatial analysis, structuration and agency, complex society, gender, critical theory, cultural diversity, landscape, ethnicity, the politics of the past, ethics and the transmission of culture. Cypriot archaeology. Israelite and Philistine architecture.
Hugh Hudson (Culture and Communication)
Art History from the Middle Ages to the present, with a particular focus on Australian collectors and collections of manuscripts, paintings and drawings.
Andrew Jamieson (Historical and Philosophical Studies)
Andrew is the Spencer-Pappas Trust Curator of the Classics and Archaeology Collection and lecturer in the Centre for Classics and Archaeology in the archaeology of the ancient Near East and Egypt, the conservation and interpretation of archaeological sites, ethno-archaeological research, high temperature industries and the study of ceramics.
Hyun Jin Kim (Historical and Philosophical Studies)
Greek history (Herodotus); Greek ethnography; Greeks and Barbarians; Romans and Barbarians in Late Antiquity; Comparative history (Greece and China).
Stephen Knight (Culture and Communication)
Professorial Fellow. Areas of expertise include English literature, Medieval literature, Cultural studies, Crime fiction, King Arthur, Robin Hood and Australian matters.
Stephen Kolsky (Language and Linguistics)
Medieval and Renaissance studies, with a particular interest in Renaissance theories of behaviour, especially Castiglione and Della Casa; theories of gender in the early modern period; the culture of the northern Italian courts in the 15th and 16th centuries; 20th-century Italian literature, especially drama and narrative.
Catherine Kovesi (Historical and Philosophical Studies)
Research interest in luxury and consumption in Renaissance Italy; Florentine family and political life; the Tuscan contado.
Parshia Lee-Stecum (Historical and Philosophical Studies)
Roman poetry of the Augustan period (especially Roman erotic elegy); magic in the Greco-Roman world; the circulation of ideology in Roman culture; Roman myth and self-identity.
Margaret Manion (Culture and Communication)
Honorary professorial fellow. Medieval and Renaissance Art History with special reference to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Studies.
Ron Ridley (Historical and Philosophical Studies)
History of the preclassical and classical world (especially Egypt and Rome); history of archaeology (especially Egypt and Rome); history of historical writing.
Andrea Rizzi (Languages and Linguistics, Italian Studies)
Political implications of translation in the Italian and European Renaissance and the role played by the early modern translator in the successful communication of political propaganda. Translation history, Humanism and the northern courts of fifteenth-century Italy (Milan, Ferrara, Venice, Mantua and Rimini).
Stephanie Trigg (Culture and Communication)
Chief Investigator and Program Leader, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions)
Chaucer; fourteenth- and fifteenth-century English literature; medievalism.
Clara Tuite (Culture and Communication)
Romanticism; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and cultural history; history of sexualities; Regency public culture; historical fiction; the literary institution; nineteenth-century aestheticism; literary hedonisms.
Frederik Vervaet (Historical and Philosophical Studies)
Roman history; political and institutional history of the Republic and the Early Empire; Roman public law; prosopography of the Senate.
Charles Zika (Historical and Philosophical Studies)
Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions)
Late medieval and early modern Europe, especially the societies of northern Europe and German-speaking regions: emotions, sacred space and pilgrimage; emotions of rejection/exclusion and religious community; responses to disaster; the European witch-hunt and images of witchcraft; visual images, power and propaganda.
University Research Activities
There are many opportunities for research in these fields. See here for details of recent and current projects.
Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Jointly directed by scholars from the University of Melbourne, the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and published by Brepols, this series covers the historical period in Western and Central Europe from ca. 1300 to ca. 1650. It concentrates on topics of broad cultural, religious, intellectual and literary history.
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions uses historical knowledge from Europe, 1100-1800, to understand the long history of emotional behaviours
Medieval Multimedia - Digitzing the Middle Ages
Digital facsimiles, editions and pedagogical tools.
Anna Lodewyckx Icelandic Scholarship
The Anna Lodewyckx Scandinavian Scholarships are awarded to promote the advanced study of Icelandic (Old Norse and Modern Icelandic) or to encourage study and research in Scandinavian countries.
For the purposes of this scholarship a Scandinavian country is one of Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland or the Faroe Islands.
List of forthcoming conferences.
List of published journals.
Societies and Associations
Australian and overseas associations and societies.
Links and information regarding mailing lists.
Portals and links to websites.
Videos and images
Other online resources including libraries, archiving, maps, journals, legal documents etc.
The following seminars and reading groups are available to all interested students, academics and independent scholars. The links lead to details of programmes, contacts and venues.
Ancient Greek Reading Group I: This Ancient Greek Reading Group meets on Tuesdays 11:00-12:30 in the Classics & Archaeology Library in the Old Quadrangle Building. Current text is Plato's Timaeus; reading level is intermediate/advanced. Contact Marc Bonaventura.
Ancient Greek Reading Group II: Contact Fred Bendeich for meeting times and texts.
Classical Latin Reading Group: The Latin Reading Group meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 in the Classics and Archaeology Library in the Old Quadrangle Building. The text is Horace's Epodes; reading level is intermediate/advanced. Contact Marc Bonaventura.
Septuagint Greek Reading Group: This group meets on Mondays 11:00-12:00 in Meeting Room 502 in Arts West. Anyone who has studied ancient Greek (Classical or Biblical) for one year or more is welcome to join the Group. Coordinator/contact: Darryl Palmer: firstname.lastname@example.org
antiTHESIS Forum: Once and Future Medievalism
antiTHESIS is a fully refereed journal of contemporary theory, criticism and culture, and Australia's longest-running interdisciplinary postgraduate journal. It is produced by postgraduates in the Department of English with Cultural Studies and Creative Writing at The University of Melbourne.
The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies supports and promotes the study of the Medieval and Early Modern periods in New Zealand and Australia. Membership is open to all interested researchers, students and academics.
Melbourne Art Network
The Melbourne Art Network (MAN) is a Melbourne-based organisation devoted to the promotion of events, news, and critical commentary about art history and art generally, primarily through the operation of the MAN website.
Melbourne Art Journal
Melbourne Art Journal (MAJ) is an art history journal based in Melbourne. It is dedicated to publishing art historical research of the highest quality, from medieval to contemporary, European, Australian, and Asian.
E-MAJ Electronic Melbourne Art Journal
emaj (electronic Melbourne art journal) is the only online, refereed art history journal published in Australia.