Michael studied Literae Humaniores at St Hugh's College, Oxford (double first, Final Examinations, rank 10). After his BA he pursued an MPhil in Classics at Queens' College, Cambridge. He returned to Oxford and St Hugh's College for a second Masters (MSt in Modern History) and for a DPhil in Ancient History at Balliol College. His doctoral thesis on the history of the interpretation of the Greek gods in modern scholarship was published in OUP's Oxford Classical Monographs series in 2016.
''Νᾶφε και μέμνασο ἀπιστεῖν''
After the completion of his DPhil at Oxford in 2009, Michael held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Freie Universität, Berlin, the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. In 2015/16 Michael returned to Oxford as a visiting member of the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity, Corpus Christi College. In 2016/17 he was an academic visitor at the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford as well as an Onassis Fellow at the National Hellenic Research Foundation. In 2o18 he taught courses on the history of historiography and cultural studies at the University of Thessaly and the Open University of Cyprus.
In 2019 Michael was a Research Fellow of the Research Centre for the Humanities, working on the project "Hellas through American Eyes. Representations of Ancient Greece in 19th-century American Scholarship". The project led to the organization of an international workshop entitled, "Philhellenism and Classical Studies in the United States: Society, Education and the Republic in the 19th Century" that took place at the Princeton Athens Center for Research and Hellenic Studies in January 2020. A part of Michael's research on the history of US classical scholarship is available here.
Michael is currently an associate scholar of the Swedish Institute at Athens, participating in a collaborative project of the SIA and the University of Lund, the library of which houses the archive of Martin P. Nilsson, on the scientific correspondence of Nilsson with fellow classicists in Europe and North America including Wilamowitz, Frazer, Evans, Nock and many others.
Michael is also co-editing a volume on the reception of antiquity in Modern Greece from the 19th century to the present. His own contribution to the volume investigates the representation of ancient Persia in Modern Greek historiography.
In his free time Michael writes poetry and prose.