Susanna Elm wins Goodwin Award

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Susanna Elm

Professor Susanna Elm (History, AHMA) received the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit from the Society for Classical Studies (formerly the American Philological Association) for her book Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church: Emperor Julian, Gregory of Nazianzus, and the Vision of Rome (2012). 

The award citation begins, "Books that are candidates for the Goodwin Award reshape the field to which they contribute.  It is not every year that they upend quite as many fields as Susanna Elm's masterful Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church (University of California Press, 2012).  Elm's meticulous work sets at least three areas of the discipline on new footing.  The studies of late antique philosophy, Patristics, and Roman Imperial history are all given new foundations.  Elm offers insights that are invisible to those looking from only one of these perspectives, and narrates the story of the fourth century in a vivid picture of lived life over the course of a deeply consequential historical epoch. She has so thoroughly succeeded in her own description of a micro-social history of ideas, that her approach in general will help shape the way future intellectual histories are told."

Read the full text of the citation here.