The Roman Society

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

Officers

President

Professor Tim Cornell was elected President in June 2018. He is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the University of Manchester and a former Director of the Institute of Classical Studies. His research interests include ancient historiography and the history and archaeology of Rome and Italy from the Bronze Age to the end of the Republic. He is the author of The Beginnings of Rome and General Editor of The Fragments of the Roman Historians.

Vice-Presidents

Professor Catharine Edwards was elected President in June 2015, and became a Vice-President in June 2018.  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.

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. Publications include Rome’s Economic Revolution, published by OUP in 2014.

Honorary Secretary

Professor Roland Mayer taught in a number of London colleges—Bedford, Birkbeck, and King's—before his retirement in 2015. His research and publications are generally focussed on the writers and literary culture of the early principate at Rome: Horace, Seneca, Lucan, and Tacitus. He also has a lively interest in reception studies, particularly regarding the ruins of Rome.

JRS Editor

Professor Christopher Kelly is Professor of Classics and Ancient History and President and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He will take up his position as Master in Michaelmas 2018. 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.

JRS Reviews Editor

Dr Peter Thonemann is Forrest-Derow Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Wadham College, Oxford.  His research focuses on Asia Minor in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.  He is the author of The Maeander Valley: A Historical Geography from Antiquity to Byzantium (2011), Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua XI: Monuments from Phrygia and Lykaonia (2013), and several other books.  He writes regularly on Greek and Roman history and culture for the Times Literary Supplement and the Wall Street Journal.  He is a member of the Academia Europaea.

Britannia 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).

Britannia Reviews Editor

Dr Will Bowden is Associate Professor in Roman Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on urbanism and identity in the Roman and late antique periods. He has been involved in major fieldwork projects in Balkans and the UK, most recently at Venta Icenorum in Norfolk. Major publications include Epirus Vetus: the Archaeology of a Late Antique Province (2003) and Butrint 3: Excavations at the Triconch Palace (2011, with R. Hodges). He is also involved in heritage interpretation projects utilising Virtual Reality and serves as trustee for two community archaeology charities.  

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 the Society’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. 

 

Tim Cornell

Catharine Edwards

Dominic Rathbone

Andrew Burnett

Philip Kay

Roland Mayer

Christopher Kelly

Peter Thonemann

Hella Eckardt

Will Bowden

Will Bowden

Lynn F. Pitts

Michael Trapp

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