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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

Herakles the New Zealand Pioneer: an ancient Greek hero reflects on colonialism

May 28, 2015

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

May 29, 2015

Room 1.11, Classics Faculty

Literature and Philosophy Seminar

Jun 03, 2015

Room 1.04, Classics Faculty

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

Jun 05, 2015

Room 1.11, Classics Faculty

Upcoming events

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Infancy, Childhood and Play in Ancient Greek Philosophy

Apr 29, 2015

The Gray Lectures 2015

Beneath the surface of Roman Republican cities

Apr 01, 2015

Following the award of a 30-month AHRC Research Grant, Martin Millett (PI) and Alessandro Launaro (Co-PI) launch today their integrated project exploring the early phases of Roman urbanism

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