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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies




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Professor Catharine Edwards was elected President in June 2015.  She teaches at Birkbeck, University of London.  Her research interests lie in Roman cultural history and Latin prose literature, particularly Seneca, as well as responses to classical antiquity in later periods (her books include Death in ancient Rome 2007; she also translated Suetonius Lives of the Caesars for Oxford World’s Classics).  She served on the Classics sub-panel for the Research Excellence Framework (2014) and is on the steering group of the Capital Classics project, supporting Latin and other classical subjects in London schools.  Her media work includes many contributions to BBC Radio 4’s ‘In our time’ and a three-part TV series ‘Mothers, murderers and mistresses: empresses of ancient Rome’ for BBC Four.


Professor Dominic Rathbone, who has been a member of the Roman Society since 1985, was elected President in June 2012, and became a Vice-President in June 2015. He is Professor of Ancient History at King’s College London, and his main fields of research interest are Republican Rome and Italy, the economy and fiscality of the Roman world, and Egypt under Roman rule. He is keen that the Roman Society, while maintaining its world-class Library and the JRS and Britannia, continues to develop its contacts with and appeal to a wider audience.

Dr Andrew Burnett was Deputy Director of the British Museum from 2002 to 2013, after being Keeper of the Department of Coins and Medals.  He has published widely in the field of numismatics and his major collaborative work is Roman Provincial Coinage.  His distinctions include the RIBA Crown Estate Award (best UK conservation project) in 2004; he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003, and he has been honoured with the Silver Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society, the Jeton de Vermeil of the French Numismatic Society and the Huntington Medal of the American Numismatic Society. He was appointed a CBE in the New Year’s Honours of 2012, and an Honorary Professor of University College London in 2013. He was President of the International Numismatic Commission (1997-2003) and is currently President of the Royal Numismatic Society.

Professor Michael G. Fulford, CBE, FBA, FSA was President of the Roman Society from 2005-2008. He was instrumental in setting up the Society's Archaeology Committee and popular Roman Archaeology Conferences (RAC). He became Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading in 1988, was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994, is Chair of the Roman Research Trust and has recently been appointed Commissioner of English Heritage and Chair of the English Heritage Advisory Committee. He was appointed CBE in the New Years honours 2011.  His principal research interests are in Roman archaeology, particularly in the fields of rural settlement, urbanism, economy, material culture, technology and trade.

Honorary Treasurer

Philip Kay MA, MPhil, DPhil combines a career in finance with academic research into the economy of the Roman Republic and the structure and practice of ancient banking. He is the Managing Partner of a specialist Japanese fund management firm, having previously held senior positions at Schroders, Smith New Court and Credit Suisse. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, where he is a member of the College’s Investment Committee and chairs its Strategy Group. Forthcoming publications include a monograph, Rome’s Economic Revolution, to be published by OUP in January 2014.

Honorary Secretary

Mrs Liz McKnight graduated in Classics from Jesus College Oxford in 1983.    She went on to study law and to qualify as a solicitor in 1988 and subsequently as a solicitor advocate.  Until 2011 she was a partner and Head of the EU and Competition Law Department in the international law firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills).  Her practice has entailed advising commercial clients on EU and trade practices law, particularly in the utility, media and financial services sectors.   Since 2011, she has continued to practise part-time as a solicitor advocate, whilst also resuming her study of Classics at UCL.  She attained  her MA in 2013 and is now working towards a doctorate which will examine the development of different ideas of the rule and role of law in the early Roman empire.  Liz has also worked as a volunteer Latin teacher for the Iris Project, teaching Latin at St Saviours C of E Primary School in Lambeth.

JRS Editor

Catherine Steel is Professor of Classics at the University of Glasgow and Editor of the Journal of Roman Studies. Her research is concerned with the political history of Rome in the last century of the Republic, with a particular interest in oratory and public speech; recent publications include The End of the Roman Republic, 146 to 44 B.C.: conquest and crisis and, as editor, The Cambridge Companion to Cicero. She is a former Director of Classics for the Higher Education Academy’s History, Classics and Archaeology subject centre and currently Chair of the Council of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers and a member of the Council of the Classical Assocation.

JRS Reviews Editor

Professor Christopher Kelly is Professor of Classics and Ancient History and President and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His research is focused on late Antiquity: particularly on understanding government and power (its use and abuse), the cultural and ideological consequences of the rise of Christianity, and the eastern Roman Empire in the fifth century. His books include Ruling the Later Roman Empire; The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction; The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome and Theodosius II: Rethinking the Roman Empire in late Antiquity.

Britannia Editor

Professor Barry C. Burnham is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Wales Trinity St David. His recent research has focused on the interaction between Roman and local groups in Wales, particularly during the early years of the conquest. He has also undertaken extensive excavations at the Dolaucothi gold mines in Carmarthenshire and on the nearby Roman fort at Pumsaint. He is currently Chairman of the Dyfed Archaeological Trust and Editor Elect of Britannia, having spent five years as the Review Editor. His main publications include The 'Small Towns' of Roman Britain (1990, with J. Wacher), Dolaucothi-Pumsaint: Survey and Excavations at a Roman Gold-Mining Complex, 1987-1999 (2004, with H.B. Burnham) and Roman Frontiers in Wales and the Marches (2010, with J.L. Davies).

Britannia Reviews Editor

Dr Hella Eckardt is Associate Professor at the University of Reading. Hella’s research focuses on theoretical approaches to the material culture of the north-western provinces and she is particularly interested in the relationship between the consumption of Roman objects and the expression of social and cultural identity. She has published on lighting equipment (Illuminating Roman Britain), objects associated with grooming and personal adornment (Styling the body) and on the evidence for immigrants and locals in later Roman Britain through a combination of material culture, skeletal and isotope research (Diasporas in Roman Britain).


Publications Secretary

Dr Lynn F. Pitts studied Classics and Roman archaeology at Oxford. She then held research posts at Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Holloway London specialising in the Roman army, frontiers and native/Roman interaction beyond the frontiers. As Publications Secretary she is responsible for the production of JRS, Britannia and theSociety’s monographs.

Honorary Librarian

Michael Trapp is Professor of Greek Literature and Thought at King's College London.  His main areas of research are Greek literature under the Roman Empire (with a special interest in its use of philosophical themes and material), the reception and use of Socrates in and since antiquity, and the real and imagined traces of Greece and Rome in and around the King's Strand Campus.