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Professor Christopher Kelly

Professor Christopher Kelly

Professor of Classics and Ancient History

Fellow and Director of Studies at Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christ College

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, religion and culture of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Justinian, the rise of Christianity, and Edward Gibbon and the Grand Tour. He was an editor of the Cambridge Classical Journal from 2000 to 2006; is currently reviews editor for the Journal of Roman Studies; and President of the Cambridge Philological Society.

Key Publications

Professor 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); a fourth, a collection of essays by Keith Hopkins (Sociological Studies in Roman History) will be published by Cambridge in 2017. Current projects include a monograph, Confronting the Classical: The Making of the Past in late Antiquity.

Upcoming events

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 24, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Happy Families?

Oct 25, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Archaeology Seminar

Oct 25, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Literature Seminar

Oct 26, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Strike a Pose

Oct 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 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.

How to write a Greek Dictionary

Oct 06, 2016

Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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