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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Staff

Prof. Anthony R. Birley FSA

Biography

After reading Literae Humaniores at Oxford he was Craven Fellow of that university 1960-1962; then Research Fellow at Birmingham; Lecturer, later Reader at Leeds; Visiting Lecturer, Duke University, N. Carolina; Professor of Ancient History at Manchester and at Düsseldorf, retiring in 2002. He was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1969; Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute in 1981, full Member from 1992; Member of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften 1994-2002, now Corresponding Member; Member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton 1994; Trustee of the Vindolanda Trust since 1970, Chair of Trustees since 1996.

Publications

Books authored:
  • Life in Roman Britain (London 1964 and numerous reprints)
  • Marcus Aurelius (London and Boston 1966; German translation Munich 1968; 2nd English edition 1987; Italian translation Milan 1990; Spanish translation 2009)
  • Septimius Severus the African Emperor (London and New York 1971; 2nd edition 1988, corrected reprint 1990)
  • Lives of the Later Caesars. The first part of the Augustan History, with newly compiled Lives of Nerva and Trajan (Penguin Classics, 1976 and reprints)
  • The People of Roman Britain (London 1979)
  • The Fasti of Roman Britain (Oxford 1981)
  • Locus virtutibus patefactus? Zum Beförderungssystem in der Hohen Kaiserzeit. Rheinisch-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vorträge. G 318. (Opladen 1992)
  • Hadrian. The Restless Emperor (London and New York 1997; Polish translation Warsaw 2002, Spanish translation Barcelona 2003)
  • Tacitus, Agricola and Germany. A New Translation with Introduction and Explanatory Notes. (Oxford 1999)
  • Onomasticon to the Younger Pliny. Letters and Panegyric (Munich and Leipzig 2000)
  • Garrison Life at Vindolanda. A Band of Brothers (Stroud 2002)
  • The Roman Government of Britain (Oxford 2005)
Books edited
  • Universal Rome (Edinburgh 1967)
  • R. Syme, Roman Papers III, with index of persons of vols. I-III (Oxford 1984)
  • R. Syme, Roman Papers IV-V (Oxford 1988)
  • R. Syme, Roman Papers VI-VII (Oxford 1991)
  • R. Syme, Anatolica. Studies in Strabo (Oxford 1995)
  • R. Syme, The Provincial at Rome and Rome and the Balkans 80 BC-AD 14 (Exeter 1999)