Department of Ancient History

Dr Meaghan McEvoy

Dr Meaghan McEvoy imageAssociate Lecturer in Byzantine Studies
BA Hons (Adelaide), MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)

Contact Details:
Telephone: +61 2 9850 1006
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 512


Dr Meaghan McEvoy is Associate Lecturer in Byzantine Studies at Macquarie University. She completed her BA (Hons) (1999-2002) in Classics at the University of Adelaide, and then with the support of the John Crampton Travelling Scholarship undertook an MPhil in Greek and Roman Studies (2003-2005) and then a DPhil in Ancient History (2005-2009) at New College at the University of Oxford, with a thesis investigating child emperor rule in the late Roman and early Byzantine world, which became the basis for her 2013 monograph published with Oxford University Press. Since completing her DPhil she has been the recipient of research awards in Italy, the USA, UK and Germany, before moving to Macquarie in 2016.

Research Interests

  • Rulership and ideology in the Roman imperial, late antique and Byzantine worlds
  • Roman and 'barbarian' elite relationships; relations between east and west
  • Imperial and elite women in Byzantine society, their activities and influence
  • Rulers, cities, urban elites and the Christianisation of elite patronage; ecclesiastical patronage
  • The topography of imperial and Christian ceremonial in Rome and Constantinople from c. 300AD onwards, ceremonial routes through the cities
  • Imperial funerals and grave goods in the Roman and Byzantine eras
  • The fifth-century AD "Piazza della Consolozione" treasure in the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine museum and its provenance

Grants and Awards

  • 2016 - Australia Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Mentoring Scheme
  • 2013-2016 - Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship, held at the Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 2013 - Summer Research Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC
  • 2010-2012 - British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, held at Corpus Christi College, Oxford
  • 2010-2012 - Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
  • 2009-2010 - Research Fellowship in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC
  • 2008-2009 - Research Scholarship at The British School in Rome



  • M. McEvoy, Child Emperor Rule in the Late Roman West, AD367-455 (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Book Chapters

  • M. McEvoy, "Imperial cities under the sons of Constantine", in In the Shadows of Constantine and Julian, ed. S. Tougher & N. Baker-Brian (Cambridge, in press, forthcoming 2017)
  • M. McEvoy, "The mausoleum of Honorius: late Roman imperial Christianity and the city of Rome in the fifth century", in Old St Peter's Basilica, ed. R. McKitterick, J. Story, J. Osborne and C. Richards (Cambridge, 2013) pp. 131-149

Journal Articles

  • M. McEvoy, "Becoming Roman: the not-so- curious case of Aspar and the Ardaburii", Journal of Late Antiquity (in press, forthcoming Fall, 2016, Vol. 9.1)
  • M. McEvoy, "Constantia: the last Constantinian", Antichthon Vol. 50 (2016)
  • M. McEvoy, "Rome and the transformation of the imperial office in the late fourth - mid-fifth centuries", Papers of the British School at Rome Vol. 78 (2010) pp. 151-192

Peer-reviewed Conference Publications

  • M. McEvoy, "The jelly-fish emperor: the emperor Arcadius and imperial leadership in the late fourth century, 395-408AD", in Leadership, ideology and crowds in the later Roman empire, ed. D. Slootjes & E. Manders (Leuven, in press, forthcoming 2016)
  • M. McEvoy, "Between the old Rome and the new: imperial co-operation ca.400-500AD", in Byzantium: its neighbours and its cultures, ed. D. Dzino and K. Parry, (Byzantina Australiensia series, Sydney, 2014), pp. 245-267
  • M. McEvoy & P. Tuffin, "Steak à la Hun: food, drink and dietary habits in Ammianus Marcellinus", in W. Mayer and S. Trzcionka, Feast, Fast or Famine: food and drink in Byzantium (Byzantina Australiensia series, Brisbane, 2005), pp. 69-84