I am originally from Sydney, Australia, where I did my undergraduate studies. After a couple of years as a secondary school teacher, I came to the UK to do my doctorate at Cambridge. I subsequently held a Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, and have also taught at the University of Auckland and the University of Wales, Lampeter.
I will next be on research leave in Spring Semester 2019/20.
In recent years I have been principal supervisor of a thesis on gifts of clothing in late antique literature and another thesis on memory sanctions in the Constantinian period, co-supervisor of a thesis on health and healing in Roman Egypt, and second supervisor of a thesis on female suicide in Roman literature.
I am currently supervising theses on late Roman military logistics, representations of barbarians in the fourth century, and oaths in late antiquity.
My research interests lie primarily in the period of late antiquity - that is, the Roman world from the early third to the early seventh century AD. Within those centuries, I have particular… read more
My research interests lie primarily in the period of late antiquity - that is, the Roman world from the early third to the early seventh century AD. Within those centuries, I have particular interests in diplomacy and international relations, warfare, and religious life. These interests are reflected in my first three books, which dealt respectively with the role of information in late Roman foreign relations, pagan-Christian relations in late antiquity, and the social history of warfare in late antiquity.
My most recent book (which appeared in January 2013) was a more general history - the eighth and final volume of the Edinburgh History of Ancient Rome, covering the period from 363 to 565. In 2015 I also published a new edition of my sourcebook Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity, updated to take account of new publications since 2000, with the addition of some new material on aspects such as pagan monotheism and church controversies. For my current project, I have returned to my interests in the social history of warfare, but am ranging more widely across Roman history, as I prepare a volume on warfare in the Roman world for Cambridge University Press's Key Themes in Ancient History series. In the longer term, I hope to undertake a major project on diplomacy in late antiquity. I next expect to be on research leave in Spring Semester 2019/20.