Purcell Nicholas copyPosition

Camden Professor of Ancient History

Qualifications (e.g. BA (Exeter), DPhil (Oxford)...)

MA Oxford; FBA

Academic Background and Previous Positions

Formerly Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, St John's College

Graduate teaching areas

All aspects of Roman history, and wider themes in ancient social and economic history, especially in Mediterranean contexts

Research Interests

Social, cultural, and economic history of the city of Rome in antiquity, and of ancient Italy; long-term history of the Mediterranean basin.

In 2012 gave the Sather Classical Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, on buying and selling in the Greek and Roman worlds, currently being prepared for publication.


(Jointly with Peregrine Horden) The Corrupting Sea; a study of Mediterranean history,  Oxford 2000

‘Rivers and the geography of power’, Pallas 90 (2012), 373-87
‘Beach, tide and backwash: the place of maritime histories’, in P.N. Miller, ed., The Sea: Thalassography and Historiography, Ann Arbor 2013, 84-108
‘”Romans, Play On!” Rome, city of the Games’, in P. Erdkamp, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome, ch. 24, Cambridge 2013, 441-458.
‘On the significance of east and west in today's “Hellenistic” history: reflections on symmetrical worlds, reflecting through world symmetries’, in J.R.W. Prag and J.C. Quinn, edd., The Hellenistic West: rethinking the ancient Mediterranean, Cambridge 2013, 367-90
‘The ancient Mediterranean’, in P. Horden and S. Kinoshita, edd., A Companion to Mediterranean history, Malden 2014, 59-76

Email address

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