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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

C Caucus (History):

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

Art under Fire: Art Crime in Times of War and Peace

Oct 20, 2015

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Following in the Footsteps of Hercules

Oct 23, 2015

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Casts by Candlelight

Oct 23, 2015

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Crash, Bang, Wallop!

Oct 24, 2015

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Ask an Expert: Ancient Literature

Oct 24, 2015

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Upcoming events

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Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art

Aug 19, 2015

A colossal polystyrene statue of Hercules by contemporary artist Matt Derbyshire will be the star exhibit in a new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum exploring the story of classical art.

Classics in Communities Conference (19 Sept 2015)

Jul 30, 2015

This conference aims to bring together all those interested in the teaching and learning of Latin and Greek in schools, colleges, universities and communities in the UK and around the world. Building on the success of the first ‘Classics in Communities’ conference in Oxford in November 2013, the themes of this year’s conference will include: widening access to Classical languages; emerging practices in Classics pedagogies; improving community cohesion through Classics; the cross-curricular value of Classical languages and the appeal/merits of non-linguistic Classics. Keynote speakers will be Tim Whitmarsh, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and Tom Holland, celebrated British novelist and ancient historian.

Professorship of Comparative Philology

Jul 13, 2015

Applications are welcome for a Professorship of Comparative Philology from 01 October 2016.

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