Department of Ancient History

Associate Professor Andrew Gillett

Andrew GillettBA Qld, MA Tor., PhD Tor.
Associate Professor in Late Antiquity
Contact Details:
Telephone: +61 2 9850 9966
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 502
Email: andrew.gillett@mq.edu.au
 


 

Profile

Andrew Gillett is Associate Professor of Ancient History and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He researches and teaches in the field of Late Antiquity, with specific interests in the late Roman empire and early medieval western Europe, fourth to seventh centuries. He has a BA (Hons 1) in History from the University of Queensland (1986; Australian Social History and Modern European History), and MA and PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, Centre for Medieval Studies (1989, 1994). He has taught at the University of Toronto, the University of Melbourne, and at Macquarie. At Macquarie, he has previously held a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (1996-1998), an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (1999-2002), and an Australian Research Council Queen Elisabeth II Research Fellowship (2004-2010). He was Associate Dean-Research for the former Division of Humanities 2007-2008 and member of the University Grants Committee, and Head of Department 2012.

His field of research and teaching is Late Antiquity, the intersection between the Ancient World (of classical Greece, Rome, and Iran/Persia) and the Medieval/early Modern period (of western Europe, Byzantium, and Islam), with emphasis on western Europe from the fourth to the seventh centuries. He is particularly interested in the role of communication in public life, and how the period has been constructed in modern historical thought. His two current research projects concern:

  • Communication and Media in the Post-Imperial World, which examines how 'diplomatic' communications operated throughout the late Roman empire, the early medieval West, and Byzantium, with particular focus on the evidence of dossiers of diplomatic letters compiled in the sixth and seventh centuries
  • Understanding the Barbarian in Late Antiquity, which examines the traditions of classical ethnography in Late Antiquity, their influence on late antique texts, and how they have shaped modern constructs of the period.

External Appointments and Boards

  • Australian Research Council International Expert Assessor

External Awards and Grants

  • 2004-2010: Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow:
    "Communication and Media in the Development of the Post-Roman/Early Medieval and Byzantine World (fifth to eighth centuries)"
  • 2006: Yale University Visiting Research Fellow (September-October)
  • 1998-2002: Australian Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow, Macquarie University:
    "Religious and Ethnic Conflict in the Late Antique West
  • 1998: Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Short-term Membership of the Common Room
  • 1997: Australian Research Council Small Grant:
    "Post-imperial diplomatic communication in the late Roman West and early medieval Europe from the fifth to seventh centuries"
  • 1996-1998: Macquarie University Research Fellowship
  • 1995: Australian Academy for the Humanities Research Grant
  • 1995: Canadian Association of Graduate Studies/Association canadienne pour les études avancées and University Microfilms International "Distinguished Dissertation Award"
    (inaugural award of national, biennial prize for best doctoral thesis in Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • 1989-1994: Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan award (PhD)
  • 1988-1989: Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan award (MA)
  • 1986: First-Class Honours (History), University of Queensland

Publications

Book: Sole Authored

Envoys and Political Communication in the Late Antique West, 411-533, Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, series 4, no. 55 (Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, 2003; ISBN 978-0-521-81349-5)
Reprint 2004, E-book version 2005, Paperback reprint 2008 (ISBN 978-0-521-09638-6)

Book: Edited

On Barbarian Identity: Critical Approaches to Ethnicity in the Early Middle Ages, Studies in the Early Middle Ages 4 (University of York/Brepols, Turnhout, 2002; ISBN 2-503-51168-6)

Book Chapters

Andrew Gillett, "Advise the Emperor Beneficially: Lateral Communication in Diplomatic Embassies between the Post-Imperial West and Byzantium," in A. Becker and N. Drocourt (eds.), Ambassadeurs et ambassades au coeur des relations diplomatiques: Rome, Occident Médiéval, Byzance (VIIIe s. avant J.-C.- XIIe s. après J.-C.) (Metz: Centre de recherché universitaire Lorrain d'histoire, 2012 [publ. 2013]), 257-285. (by invitiation)

Andrew Gillett, "Communication in Late Antiquity: Use and Reuse," in Scott Johnson (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press; Oxford. 2012; ISBN 978-0-19-533693-1) 815-846 (by invitiation)

Andrew Gillett, "Epic Panegyric and Political Communication in the Fifth-Century West," in Gavin Kelly and Lucy Grig (eds.), Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity, Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012; ISBN 978-0-19-9739490-0) 265-290 (by invitiation)

Andrew Gillett, "Ethnography and Imperium in The Sixth Century: Frankish and Byzantine Rhetoric in The Epistolae Austrasicae," in Lynda Garland and Geoff Nathan (eds), Basileia: Essays on Culture and Imperium in Honour of E.M. and M.J. Jeffreys, Byzantina Australiensia 17 (Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, Brisbane; 2011) 67-81

Andrew Gillett, "Opium and Race Relations in Queensland," in Fiona Foley (ed.), Black Opium (State Library of Queensland; Brisbane, 2011) 15-25 (by invitiation)

Andrew Gillett, "Love and Grief in Post-Imperial Diplomacy: The Letters of Brunhild," in Barbara Sidwell and Danijel Dzino (eds), Power and Emotions in the Roman World and Late Antiquity (Gorgias Press; Piscataway NJ, 2010) 127-165

Andrew Gillett, "The Mirror of Jordanes: Concepts of the Barbarian, Then and Now," in Philip Rousseau (ed.), A Companion to Late Antiquity. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World (Wiley-Blackwell; Chichester, 2009) 392-408 (by invitation)

Andrew Gillett, "Diplomatic Documents from the Barbarian Kingdoms," in Rome and the Barbarians: The Birth of a New World, ed. Jean-Jacques Aillagon et al. (Palazzo Grassi/École française de Rome/Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Venice, 2008) 400-402 (by invitation)

  • : in German as: Andrew Gillett, "Diplomatische Dokumente aus den barbarischen Konigreichen," in Rom und die Barbaren: Europa zur Zeit der Volkerwanderung, ed. Jean-Jacques Aillagon et al. (Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Bonn, 2008
  • : in Italian as: Andrew Gillett, "Documenti diplomatici dei regni barbarici," in Roma e Barbari. La Nascita di un Nuovo Mondo, ed. Jean-Jacques Aillagon et al. (Skira editore, Milano/Grassi, Venice, 2008) 400-402

Andrew Gillett, "Diplomacy between the Barbarian Kingdoms and Constantinople," in Rome and the Barbarians: The Birth of a New World, ed. Jean-Jacques Aillagon et al. (Palazzo Grassi/École française de Rome/Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Venice, 2008) 403-405 (by invitation)

  • : in German as: Andrew Gillett, "Die Diplomatie zwischen den barbarischen Konigreichen und Konstantinople," in Rom und die Barbaren: Europa zur Zeit der Volkerwanderung, ed. Jean-Jacques Aillagon et al. (Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Bonn, 2008) 247-250
  • : in Italian as: Andrew Gillett, "La diplomazia tra i regni barbarici e Constantinopoli," in Roma e Barbari. La Nascita di un Nuovo Mondo, ed. Jean-Jacques Aillagon et al. (Skira editore, Milano/Grassi, Venice, 2008) 403-405

Andrew Gillett, "The Goths and the Bees in Jordanes: A Narrative of No Return," in John Burke et al. (eds), Byzantine Narrative: Papers in Honour of Roger Scott, Byzantina Australiensia 16 (Australian Association for Byzantine Studies; Melbourne, 2006) 149-163

Andrew Gillett, "History, Ethnicity, and Methodology," in On Barbarian Identity (above) 1-18

Andrew Gillett, "Was Ethnicity Politicized in the Earliest Medieval Kingdoms?" in On Barbarian Identity (above) 85-121

Andrew Gillett, "Jordanes and Ablabius," in Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History X, ed. Carl Deroux, Collection Latomus 254 (Brussels 2000) 479-500

Andrew Gillett, "The Purposes of Cassiodorus's Variae," in After Rome's Fall: Narrators and Sources of Early Medieval History, ed. Alexander C. Murray (University of Toronto Press, Toronto 1998) 37-50 (by invitation)

Refereed Journal Articles

Andrew Gillett, "Rome's Fall and Europe's Rise: A View from Late Antiquity," The Medieval Review (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan) 07.10.12 (2007) (23,950 words) http://name.umdl.umich.edu/baj9928.0710.012 (by invitation)

Andrew Gillett, "Ethnogenesis: A Contested Model of Early Medieval Europe," History Compass 4 (2006) EU 311 (Blackwell, Oxford) 1-20

Andrew Gillett, "Introduction: The Barbarian: The Alien in Antiquity," Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 34:1 Special Issue: The Barbarian in Antiquity (2004 [2005]) 1-9

Andrew Gillett, "The Barbarian: The Alien in Antiquity," Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 34:1 Special Issue: The Barbarian in Antiquity (2004 [2005]) 1-9 (by invitation)

Andrew Gillett, "Rome, Ravenna, and the Last Western Emperors," Papers of the British School at Rome (Oxford) 69 (2001) 131-167 (by invitation)

Andrew Gillett, "The Accession of Euric," Francia (Paris) 26/1 (1999) 1-40

Andrew Gillett, "The Birth of Ricimer," Historia (Tübingen) 44 (1995) 380-384

Andrew Gillett, "The Date and Circumstances of Olympiodorus of Thebes," Traditio (New York) (1993) 1-29

Encyclopedia Articles

"Barbarians, barbaroi" (1,000 words) for Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. Roger Bagnall et al. (Wiley-Blackwell; Oxford, 2012)

8 entries for Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Robert E. Bjork (Oxford University Press; Oxford, 2010):

"Apocrisiarius" (79-80), "City of God" (401), "Confessions of St Augustine" (433), "Ethnography, Medieval" (592-93), "Liutprand of Cremona" (1034), "Orosius" (1235), "Sidonius Apollinaris" (1535), "Theodosian Code" (1609).

Thirteen entries for From Polis to Empire: The Ancient World, c. 800 BC-AD 500, ed. Andrew Traver, Great Cultural Eras of the World (Greenwood; Westport 2002) (by invitation):

"Aetius," "Alaric," "Attila," "Claudian," "Euric," "Eusebius," "Galla Placidia," "Odoacer," "Ricimer," "Sidonius," "Stilicho," "Syagrius," "Ulfila"

Two entries for The Rise of the Medieval World, 500-1300, ed. Jana Schulman, Great Cultural Eras of the World (Greenwood; Westport 2002) (by invitation):

"Jordanes," "Procopius"

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