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Dr Christopher Kelly

Dr Christopher Kelly

University Reader in Ancient History

Chair of the Faculty Board

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

Exhibition. Myths, Memories and Mysteries: Artists Revisit the Past

Jun 30, 2014

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Cabinet of Curiosities: children's trail

Oct 27, 2014

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Oedipus the Atheist: New Thoughts on Religion and Greek Tragedy

Oct 30, 2014

Room 1.02, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

Oct 31, 2014

Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

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2014 James Henry Breasted Prize

Oct 27, 2014

The Faculty offers its warm congratulations to Alex Mullen whose book "Southern Gaul and the Mediterranean: Multilingualism and Multiple Identities in the Iron Age and Roman Periods" has been awarded the 2014 James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association.

Douglas Cashin bursaries for Classics undergraduates in Cambridge

Sep 17, 2014

Douglas Cashin bursaries for Classics undergraduates in Cambridge

Women in Classics in Cambridge

Jun 30, 2014

On 23 May 2014, a group of classicists gathered at St John’s College to celebrate their achievements, and the achievements of those who had come before them.

Video of David Sedley's valedictory lecture "Godlikeness"

Jun 04, 2014

Now available to view online.

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