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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

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

Jul 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Aesop's Forest: the Scared Lion

Jul 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Family Tour

Jul 29, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Meet the Romans

Aug 03, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

Aug 09, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Vacancy - Research Associate, (CREWS) Project

Jun 27, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele. For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Jobs & Vacancies page.

Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences

May 25, 2016

Prof Mary Beard has been bestowed with the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.

Cambridge Classics top in Guardian University Guide (again)

May 23, 2016

The Faculty of Classics has once more topped the Guardian University Guide

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May 16, 2016

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