Michael Champion

Michael Champion

Michael Champion is Associate Professor in Late Antique and Early Christian Studies at ACU. He is completing a book on transformations of education in early monasticism.

Michael Champion reviews 'Ravenna: Capital of empire, crucible of Europe' by Judith Herrin

March 2021, no. 429 22 February 2021
Michael Champion reviews 'Ravenna: Capital of empire, crucible of Europe' by Judith Herrin
Edward Gibbon’s great narrative of the fall of Rome still troubles the imagination. We see parallels between Rome’s decline and the eclipse of Western powers today, our fears intensified by a global pandemic, a failure of internationalism, and an increasingly fragmented public sphere. Our values and territories, we are told, are under threat, principally from China and the Islamic world, agent ... (read more)