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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

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

The B Club

Nov 30, 2015


Ancient History Seminar

Nov 30, 2015

Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

Philology Seminar

Dec 02, 2015

Room 1.11, Classics Faculty

Literature Seminar

Dec 02, 2015

Room 1.04, Classics Faculty

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Project Archivist (Mycenae Archive)

Nov 09, 2015

The Faculty wishes to recruit a fixed term Archivist as part of the Mycenae Archive Project from 01 January 2016. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for more information

Calais Collection

Nov 09, 2015

Many thanks to all those who donated so generously to the collection for Calais refugees - in just over a week we collected around 40 bags of winter clothing and equipment!

Classics? (Wed 4 November 2015, 6-7.15pm)

Oct 27, 2015

Held at the British Academy and chaired by Professor Oliver Taplin FBA, University of Oxford, this lecture will delve into the study of Classics today, nationally and internationally, now and in the future – from philology to interdisciplinarity, from nostalgia to impact with Professor Mary Beard FBA. Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists: her BBC TV series Meet the Romans aired in 2012, and she writes an engaging and thought-provoking blog, A Don’s Life.

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2015

Oct 20, 2015

The Faculty is delighted to announce the award of a Philip Leverhulme prize to Renaud Gagné, University Reader in Ancient Greek Literature and Religion. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.Each prize has a value of £100,000. Congratulations Renaud!

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