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Professor Christopher Kelly

Professor Christopher Kelly

Professor of Classics and Ancient History

Fellow of Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christi College
Cambridge
CB2 1RH

Office Phone: 01223 766709 (College)

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 editor of 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 four edited volumes: Unclassical Traditions I: Alternatives to the Classical Past in late Antiquity; Unclassical Traditions II: Perspectives from East and West in late Antiquity; Theodosius II: Rethinking the Roman Empire in late Antiquity; and Keith Hopkins: Sociological Studies in Roman History (Cambridge, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017). Current projects include a monograph, Confronting the Classical: The Making of the Past in late Antiquity.

Upcoming events

Materials in Contact

Jul 30, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Fastest Feet in the World

Aug 02, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Time-travelling Scientists

Aug 06, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Artist Workshop for Young People

Aug 07, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Drink and Draw

Aug 10, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Upcoming events

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Second CREWS Conference: Call for Papers

Jun 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce the second CREWS conference, to take place Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th of March 2019. ‘Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems’ aims to look at writing systems’ place in society and culture.

The Cambridge Philological Society Prize 2019 and 2020

Jun 27, 2018

The Cambridge Philological Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a prize for the best submitted article by a graduate student or early-career researcher.

Research Associate (Assistant Editor, Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World)

Jun 22, 2018

Details of how to apply for this one year fixed term post are now available online, Closing date 23 July 2018.

Life After Classics: alumni profiles

Jun 20, 2018

Our Classics alumni give us an insight into their lives after studying Classics at Cambridge.

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