We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Prof. Anthony R. Birley FSA


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.


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)