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Professor Brian Campbell

BA (QUB), DPhil (Oxford)

Professor of Roman History

Joint Pathway Co-ordinator for History and Archaeology; Disability Liaison Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3153

Office: 16UQ.105

Brian Campbell was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Oxford and is Professor of Roman History.  From 2002 to 2005 he held a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship to pursue a project on rivers in the ancient world, and in 2005 he was a visiting fellow at All Souls', Oxford. In 2004 he delivered the Broughton Memorial Lecture at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

Research Interests

His main research interests lie in the area of the Roman army, ancient military writers, Roman imperial politics, and land survey.

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Articles and chapters:

  • 'Managing disruptive rivers' in E. Harmon (ed.), Riparia dans l'empire romain (Oxford, 2010)
  • Chapters 1 & 5 in Cambridge Ancient History, xii (Cambridge, 2005).
  • ‘“Setting up true boundaries”: land disputes in the Roman world’ in Mediterraneo Antico, vii (2005).
  • ‘Power without limit: “The Romans always win”’ in A. Chaniotis and P. Ducrey (eds) Army and power in the ancient world (Stuttgart, 2002).
  • ‘Diplomacy in the Roman world, c. 500 BC–AD 235’ in Diplomacy and Statecraft, xii (2001).

 Entry on PURE research portal

Recent PhD supervision:

  • Jonathan Eaton, 'Political intervention by the Roman army during the Imperial period'. Ph.D.2010.