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Campbell Grey

Associate Professor of Classical Studies; Chair, Ancient History Graduate Group


  • Master of Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • PhD, Classics, St John's College, Cambridge, 2002
  • Master of Philosophy, Ancient History, University of Sydney, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Auckland, 1994

Research and teaching interests 

  • Roman social, economic, agrarian and legal history, particularly in the late antique period
  • Nonelite and marginal populations, especially in rural contexts
  • Disasters, their causes, impacts, implications and aftermaths
  • Interactions between human populations and their physical environments
  • Legacies of ancient Rome in American cultural, political and intellectual discourses

Current excavation 

Roman Peasant Project, Cinigiano, Tuscany (codirected with Kim Bowes, Mariaelena Ghisleni and Emanuele Vaccaro)

Selected publications

  • Constructing Communities in the Late Roman Countryside, Cambridge University Press (2011)
  • "Slavery in the Late Roman World," in K. Bradley and P. Cartledge, eds., The Cambridge World History of Slavery: The Ancient Mediterranean World, Cambridge University Press (2011), 482–509
  • "Civil War? What Civil War? Usurpers in the Historia Augusta," in C. Damon, B. Breed and A. Rossi, eds., Citizens of Discord: Rome and its Civil Wars, Oxford University Press (2010), 87–101
  • "Contextualizing Colonatus: The Origo of the Late Roman Empire," JRS 97 (2007) 155-175

Work in progress 

  • "Exploring Connectivity by Modeling Mobility around a Roman Landscape in Tuscany," (coauthored with J. Mathieu, A. Arnoldus-Huyzendfeld, A. Pattachini, and M. Ghisleni)
  • "Dimensions of Disaster in the (Late) Roman World: The Vesuvius Eruption of 472 CE"
  • "How to Treat an Emperor: Norton I in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco"

Recent courses 

  • Undergraduate
    • Ancient Rome
    • Structures of the Roman Empire
    • Disasters in the Ancient Mediterranean World
  • Graduate
    • Problems in Roman History
    • Roman Law
    • Ancient Economies

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