Richard J. Goodrich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

Dr. Goodrich specializes in Later Roman History and Early Church History.

Portrait of Richard J. Goodrich, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Ancient History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

M.C.S., Ecclesiastical History, Regent College

B.S., New Mexico State University

Courses Taught

HIST 101: Western Civilization 1

HIST 306: The Roman Empire

HIST 390: The Later Roman Empire

HIST 401: Senior Thesis


Sulpicius Severus: Complete Works. Translation and Commentary. Ancient Christian Writers Series, 70. New York: Paulist Press, 2016.

A Reader's Greek New Testament, Third Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2015.

St. Jerome's Commentary on Ecclesiastes. Translation and Commentary. Ancient Christian Writers Series, 66. New York: Paulist Press, 2012. Coauthored with David Miller.

Contextualising Cassian: Aristocrats, Asceticism, and Reformation in Fifth Century Gaul. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

A Reader's Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2004. Coauthored with Al Lukaszewski. Shortlisted for the Golden Medallion Award, 2005.

A Summer Greek Reader: A Workbook for Maintaining Your Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2001. Coauthored with David Diewert.

Books In Progress

The Teachings of the Desert Fathers: Verba seniorum 3, 6 and 7. Under contract with Paulist Press, Ancient Christian Writers Series. Manuscript due August 2018.

A commentary on Books 20 and 21 of Augustine's De civitate Dei as part of the AHRC City of God project. Ultimately this will be two 50–60,000 word chapters in a 5 volume commentary on the text, published by Oxford University Press.


"Satan and the Bishops: Origen, Apokatastsis and Ecclesiastical Politics in Sulpicius Severus' Dialogi." Adamantius (Fall 2013), 84–96.

"Caesarius of Arles." Article in the Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. (Oct. 2013).

“Cassian.” Article in the Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. (Oct. 2013).

“Cassian.” Article in the Oxford Classical Dictionary, Fourth Edition. (May 2012).

“Aristocrats and Slaves: Status in Early Western Monasticism.” in Eduardo Lopez Tello Garcia and Benedetta Zorzi, eds., Church, Society, and Monasticism. (Studia Anselmiana: Rome, 2009), 151–57.

Vir Maxime Catholicus: Sulpicius Severus' Use and Abuse of Jerome in Dialogi.” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 58: 189–210 (Apr. 2007).

“Forging Authority: John Cassian's Use of Inherited Texts in De institutis, I–IV” in J. H. D. Scourfield, ed., Inherited Texts in Late Antiquity, (Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2007).

“John Cassian on Monastic Poverty: The Lesson of Ananias and Sapphira.” Downside Review 124: 297–308 (Oct. 2006).

“Underpinning the Text: Self Justification in John Cassian's Ascetic Prefaces.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 13: 411–36 (Dec. 2005).

“John Cassian on Community.” CRUX 28.4: 23–30 (Dec. 2002).

Book Reviews

Richard Finn. "Asceticism in the Graeco–Roman World." Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2010.10.50.

Andrew Cain and Josef Lossl. “Jerome of Stridon: His Life, Writings, and Legacy.” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61.4, 803–4 (2010).

Antony Rich. “Discernment in the Desert Fathers.” Implicit Religion 14, 10910 (2009).

Megan Hale Williams. “The Monk and the Book: Jerome and the Making of Christian Scholarship.” Henoch, 31, 1935 (2009).

C. T. Schroeder. “Monastic Bodies. Discipline and Salvation in Shenoute of Atripe.” Classical Review 58, 5278 (2008).

Augustine Casiday. "Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 16, 1156 (2008).

A. M. Silvas. "The Asketikon of St Basil the Great.” Classical Review 57, 902 (2007).

Pauli Sivonen. “Being a Roman Magistrate: Officeholding and Roman Identity in Late Antique Gaul.” Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2006.10.14.

John O'Keefe and R. Reno. “Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible.” Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2006.01.18.

Maribel Dietz. “Wandering Monks, Virgins, and Pilgrims: Ascetic Travel in the Mediterranean World A.D. 300–800.” Journal of Early Christian Studies, 14, 132–3 (2006).

Daniel Caner. “Wandering, Begging Monks: Spiritual Authority and the Promotion of Monasticism in Late Antiquity.” Classical Review 54, 208–10 (2004).

  • Late Antiquity
  • Roman History (all periods)
  • Latin Patristics
  • Church History (Ancient, Medieval, Reformation)
  • Latin (esp. Patristic and Late Roman Literature)
  • Koine Greek