Honorary Senior Lecturer

Dr Geoff Nathan

BA U.C. Berkeley, MA Hons Washington, PhD U.C. Los Angeles

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Humanities & Languages

Dr. Geoffrey (Geoff) Nathan received a BA in History from the University of California (Berkeley), a MA in Medieval History from the University of Washington (cum laude), and a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles.  Prior to coming to UNSW in 2003, he previously taught at U.C.L.A., Western Oregon University and California State University at San Diego.

In 2000, he authored The Family in Late Antiquity (Routledge).  His publications include the recently edited Basileia: Essays in Imperium and Culture (Melbourne 2011).  Currently he is co-editing a book with Sabine Hübner on the the Mediterranean family in the pre-modern world and working on a monograph on Anicia Juliana.

While serving primarily as UNSW's Roman Historian, he also teaches medieval history. Recently, he also teaches into the History first year gateway course and introductory European Studies.

Location
Morven Brown
  • Books | 2016
    Huebner SR, 2016, Mediterranean Families in Antiquity Households, Extended Families, and Domestic Space, John Wiley & Sons
    Books | 2002
    Nathan G, 2002, The Family in Late Antiquity The Rise of Christianity and the Endurance of Tradition, Routledge
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Nathan G, 2021, 'Fact, fiction and family: Stepmothers in the Valentinian-Theodosian Dynasty', in Huebner S; Ratzan D (ed.), Missing Mothers Maternal Absence in Antiquity, Peeters, Leuven, pp. 127 - 139, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv2114g7w.11
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Nathan G, 2020, 'Looking for Children in Late Antiquity', in Beaumont L; Dillon M; Harrington N (ed.), Children in Antiquity Perspectives and Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean, Routledge, pp. 134 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315542812-11
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Nathan G, 2019, 'Being a bachelor in late antiquity: Desire and social norms in the experience of Augustine', in The Single Life in the Roman and Later Roman World, pp. 292 - 308
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Nathan G, 2018, 'Relationships in Augustine’s life', in Augustine in Context, pp. 203 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781316488409.026
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Nathan G, 2016, 'Extended Family in the Experiences of Ausonius and Libanius', in Nathan G; Sabine H (ed.), Mediterranean Families in Antiquity Households, Extended Families, and Domestic Space, edn. First, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester and Oxford, pp. 243 - 257
    Book Chapters | 2009
    Nathan G, 2009, '‘Woe to those making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless’: Christian Ideals and the Obligations of Stepfathers in Late Antiquity', in Huebner S; Ratzan D (ed.), Growing Up Fatherless in Antiquity Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 273 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511575594.016
    Book Chapters | 2006
    Nathan G, 2006, '`Pothos tes Philoktistou`: Anicia Juliana`s Architectural Narratology', in Burke J (ed.), Byzantine Narrative: papers in honour of Roger Scott, edn. 1, Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, Virginia, Queensland, pp. 433 - 443
  • Journal articles | 2019
    Nathan G, 2019, 'The jovinianist controversy and Mary Aeiparthenos: Questioning Mary's virginity and the question of motherhood', Saeculum, vol. 68, pp. 225 - 236
    Journal articles | 2015
    Nathan G, 2015, 'The Ideal Male in Late Antiquity: Claudian’s Example of Flavius Stilicho', Gender and History, vol. 27, pp. 10 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0424.12100
    Journal articles | 2014
    Nathan G, 2014, 'THE FAMILY STRATEGIES IN ANTIQUITY LATE. ACTS OF THE COLLOQUIUM ORGANIZED BY THE C.N.R.S. USR 710 "THE YEAR EPIGRAPHIC" HELD TO THE HOUSE OF HUMAN SCIENCES ON FEBRUARY 5-7, 2009', JOURNAL OF ROMAN STUDIES, vol. 104, pp. 368 - 369, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0075435814001129
    Journal articles | 2008
    Nathan G, 2008, 'A critical history of early Rome: From prehistory to the First Punic War', Journal of Religious History, vol. 32, pp. 375 - 376, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9809.2008.00674_5.x
    Journal articles | 2008
    Nathan G, 2008, 'Remapping the landscape: Early Christianity and the Graeco-Roman world. A review article', Journal of Religious History, vol. 32, pp. 361 - 370, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9809.2008.00719.x
    Journal articles | 2008
    Nathan G, 2008, 'Middle East under Rome', Journal of Religious History, vol. 32, pp. 500 - 501, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9809.2008.726_25.x
    Journal articles | 2005
    Journal articles | 2004
    Nathan G, 2004, 'A Christian guide to Greek culture: The Pseudo-Nonnus commentaries on sermons 4, 5, 39, and 43 by Gregory of Nazianus', Journal of Religious History, vol. 28, pp. 306 - 307, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000225706800011&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Journal articles | 2003
    Nathan G, 2003, 'Pudicitia Plebeia Womanly Echoes in the Struggle of the Orders', Latomus, vol. 11
  • Conference Presentations | 2012
    Nathan G, 2012, '"Bettini, Saller, and the Taxonomy of Extended Family in Ausonius' Parentalia"', presented at THE MEDITERRANEAN FAMILY FROM ANTIQUITY TO EARLY MODERN TIMES, Rostock, Germany, 14 June 2012 - 15 June 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Nathan G, 2011, 'Claudian's Stilicho and the concept of Roman manhood', presented at 18th annual International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, 11 July 2011 - 14 July 2011
    Conference Presentations | 2008
    Nathan G, 2008, 'The Vienna Diosorides’ dedicatio to Anicia Juliana: a usurpation of imperial patronage?', presented at XV Biennial AABS Conference, Sydney
    Conference Presentations | 2005
    Nathan G, 2005, 'Control of Nature and Controlled by Nature: Anicia Juliana, Aristocratic Women, and', presented at Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of, Banff
    Conference Presentations | 2005
    Nathan G, 2005, 'Public Womanhood and Anicia Juliana', presented at Sydney Classical Association, Sydney
    Conference Presentations | 2004
    Nathan G, 2004, 'Fledgling Mothers of the Church', presented at SSEC Annual Conference, Macquarie University,
    Conference Presentations | 2004
    Nathan G, 2004, '“Pothos ton Philoktistou”: Anicia Juliana’s Architectural Narratology', presented at XIV Biennial, Melbourne University

NEH Summer Scholar, Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA (2017)

Honorary Senior Lecturer, UNSW (2016 - )

Memberships:

American Philological Association

Australasian Society for Classical Studies

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies

Phi Alpha Theta

Professional Appointments;

Executive Board, Australasian Society for Classical Studies

Executive Board, Australian Association for Byzantine Studies

Editorial board, De Imperatoribus Romanis, an online encyclopaedia of Roman emperors

Editorial Board, Byzantina Australiensia

 

Books

--Basileia. Empire and Culture in Byzantium. Papers in  Honour to Elizabeth and Michael Jeffreys, Byzantina Australiensa 17, ed. with Lynda Garland (Melbourne 2011)

--Family in Late Antiquity.  The Rise of Christianity and the Endurance of Tradition, Routledge (London 2000)

 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

--“The Vienna Dioscorides’ dedicatio to Anicia Juliana,” in G. Nathan and L. Garland, eds., The Emperor and Culture in Byzantium. Papers in Honour to Elizabeth and Michael Jeffreys, Byzantina Australiensa 17 (Melbourne 2011)

--“‘Woe to those making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless’: Christian Ideals and the Obligations of Stepfathers in Late Antiquity,” in Growing Up Fatherless in Antiquity, S. Huebner and D. Ratzan, eds. (Cambridge 2009)

--“Remapping the Landscape:  Early Christianity and the Graeco-Roman World.  A Review Article,” Journal of Religious Studies Journal of Religious Studies 32, 2008

-- “Pothos ton Philoktistou”:  Anicia Juliana’s Architectural Narratology,”, Byzantine Narrative.  Papers in Honour of Roger Scott, Byzantina Australiensia 16, John Burke et al..eds. (Melbourne 2006),

--"Pudicitia Plebeia Womanly Echoes in the Struggle of the Orders," in “Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History,” Collection Latomus, vol. 11 (2003)

--"The Rogation Ceremonies of Late Antique Gaul:  Creation, Transmission and the Role of the Bishop," Classica et Mediaevalia 49 (1998)

--"Medicine and Sexual Practices in Late Antiquity," Epoche 18 (1993)

--"The Last Emperor:  The Fate of Romulus Augustulus," Classica et Mediaevalia 43 (1992)

 

Unpublished Papers Given at Refereed Conferences/Workshops:

--“ Extended Family in the Experiences of Ausonius and Libanius” Symposium of the FASS Research Cluster on Imperial, Colonial and Transnational Histories, UNSW, September 2013

-- “Bettini, Saller, and the Taxonomy of Extended Family in Ausonius’ Parentalia”  Workshop on the Mediterranean Household and Family, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Röstock, Germany, May 2012

--“The Ideal Male in Late Antiquity and the Example of Flavius Stiicho” International Medieval Conference 13, Leeds, UK, July 2011

--“Of Veiian Entrails and Falerian Children,” Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Perth, February 2010

--“Anicia Juliana, domesticity among aristocratic women, and the Vienna Dioscurides manuscript” Annual Meeting of the ASCS, Sydney, February 2009

--“The Vienna Diosorides’ dedicatio to Anicia Juliana:  a usurpation of imperial patronage?” XV Biennial AABS Conference, Sydney, February 2008

--“Public Womanhood and Anicia Juliana,” Sydney Classical Association, Sydney, September 2005

--“Control of Nature and Controlled by Nature:  Anicia Juliana, Aristocratic Women, and the Vienna Dioscurides Manuscript,” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, Banff, May 2005

-- “Pothos ton Philoktistou”:  Anicia Juliana’s Architectural Narratology,” XIV Biennial AABS Conference, Melbourne University, August 2004

--“Fledgling Mothers of the Church,” SSEC Annual Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, May 2004

Current research:

Anicia Juliana

Refugees in the Later Roman Empire