Welcome to the website of John Moorhead, an Australian who is a historian of late antiquity. After attending Grafton High School he studied at the universities of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, and Liverpool in the UK, having been fortune enough to be supervised at the latter by a great scholar and fine man, Robert Markus: http://www.britac.ac.uk/publications/robert-austin-markus-1924–2010. He thinks of these three places with great affection; the pictures at the top of this page show the bridge over the Clarence River at Grafton and the Pier Head at Liverpool, and he is still in friendly contact with people in Armidale. He is now Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry (or Hapi, as it is attractively known) at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. You can read about some of what he has written and his current projects by clicking the Writings button at the top of this page.
John is a member of the Vegan Society of the UK, which provides good information about vegan principles and practice at www.vegansociety.com. When feeling energetic he tries to cook, following the recipes in the books of such masters as Madhur Jaffrey and Claudia Roden. The purpose of the restaurant reviews section of this blog is not so much to recommend good places to eat as to give an idea of the immense variety of wonderful foods enjoyed by those who follow vegan and vegetarian diets.
John is also a member of the Orthodox Church, singing in the choir at an English-language Liturgy celebrated at a parish in Brisbane. The word ‘orthodox’ means both right belief and right worship, so the best way of finding out about Orthodoxy is to attend a Liturgy, where belief is revealed by worship (as they say in the West, lex orandi lex credendi.) You can listen to the music played 24/7 at Ancient Faith Radio.
Two former colleagues are also bloggers, who can be followed at https://dpcrook.wordpress.com/ and https://learnearnandreturn.wordpress.com/. Another friend works as a volunteer with the Mercy Ships organization, providing medical care in Africa: www.mercyships.org.au.
You can contact John via email through the online form here.
The author of this page is married to Lynn, who plays the violin.
May all visitors to this site find something to help them along their way, and may the time they spend in the virtual world never be to the detriment of their life in the real one!