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Dr Christopher Kelly

Dr Christopher Kelly

University Reader in Ancient History

Fellow and Director of Studies at Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christ College
Cambridge
CB2 1RH

Office Phone: 01223 761007

Areas of expertise

Ancient History (C):

Research Interests

Christopher Kelly is a classicist and historian with a wide range of interests in the ancient world: these include government and power, its use and abuse, the society and culture of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Justinian, the rise of Christianity, and Edward Gibbon and the Grand Tour. Current projects include an edited volume – The Pattern of Empire – of essays by Keith Hopkins (for Cambridge University Press) and a monograph, Confronting the Classical: The Making of the Past in late Antiquity.  He is Reviews Editor of the Journal of Roman Studies.

Key Publications

Dr Kelly's books include Ruling the Later Roman Empire (Harvard UP, 2004), The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2006), The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome (Norton, New York, 2009) and three edited volumes: Unclassical Traditions I: Alternatives to the Classical Past in late Antiquity; Unclassical Traditions II: Perspectives from East and West in late Antiquity; and Theodosius II: Rethinking the Roman Empire in late Antiquity (Cambridge, 2010, 2011 and 2013).

Upcoming events

Pitch Perfect: the Sound of the Aulos, with Barnaby Brown

Oct 18, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Statues, Stories and Stillness

Oct 19, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

A Journey to the End of the Earth and the Bottom of the Sea

Oct 20, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

A Taste of Latin

Oct 22, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room R.01

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Research Associate (Archaeology)

Aug 30, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate (Archaeology) from 01 November 2016. For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Jobs & Vacancies page.

Celebrating Cambridge Classics

Aug 19, 2016

Tim Whitmarsh, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, will deliver his Inaugural Lecture on Friday 14 October at 5pm. This begins a weekend of Classics celebrations including the Greek Play and a Symposium on Greek Drama at Newnham College.

Vacancies - Research Associates, ERC 'Impact of the Ancient City' Project

Aug 08, 2016

Applications are sought for four Research Associates on the ERC-funded ‘Impact of the Ancient City’ project. For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Jobs & Vacancies page.

Impact of Ancient Cities

Aug 03, 2016

The Faculty is very pleased to announce that the European Research Council has awarded an Advanced Research Grant to Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill for a 5 year project on the Impact of Ancient Cites.

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