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Faculty of Classics

 

Research

History of Political Theory  and Intellectual History; social and economic history; food, famine and nutrition; physical anthropology.

Publications

Key publications: 

Social Status and Legal Privilege in the Roman Empire Oxford 1970
The Roman Empire: Society, Economy and Culture  London 1987. Co-author
Famine and Food Supply in the Graeco-Roman World. Cambridge 1988
Ideas of Slavery from Aristotle to Augustine. Cambridge 1996
Cities, Peasants and Food. Cambridge 1998
Food and Society in Classical Antiquity. Cambridge 1999
Evolution of the late Antique World. Cambridge 2001. Co-author
Lactantius, Divine Institutes. Introd/Transl./Notes  Liverpool 2003. Co-author
Thinking about Property, antiquity to the age of revolution. Cambridge 2007
Cambridge Ancient History vols. XI (2000), XII (2005), XIII(1998). Co-editor

Emeritus Professor of the History of Classical Antiquity
Fellow of Jesus College
Professor Peter  Garnsey

Contact Details

Jesus College
Cambridge
CB5 8BL
01223 339420
Not available for consultancy

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Latest news

John Donaldson

27 September 2022

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is very sad to report the death on 21 September 2022 of its former Assistant Curator, John Donaldson. John worked in the Museum from 1988 until his retirement in in March 2013. Indeed, the Museum looks the way it does in large part because of John, who was as happy painting bases as he...

Joyce Reynolds FBA (1918–2022)

12 September 2022

The Faculty of Classics is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Joyce Reynolds FBA. She was Reader Emerita in Roman Historical Epigraphy, Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, where she was Director of Studies in Classics from 1951 to 1979. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the...

BBC Radio 4 - Reflections on Majesty, Mary Beard

12 September 2022

Mary Beard is one of ten writers and scholars invited by the BBC to reflect on their experience of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Follow the link below to listen: Listen here

Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) awarded ERC grant

16 March 2022

Philippa Steele, Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of 2 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the visual properties of pre-modern writing. The five-year project, Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS), will...