Bryan Ward-Perkins

Bryan Ward-Perkins

MA, D.Phil.

Lecturer in History, Oxford University

Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford
Chair of the Committee of the Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity

Email: bryan.ward-perkins@history.ox.ac.uk


Research Interests

Bryan Ward-Perkins works on the late Roman empire and the immediately post-Roman period.  His primary focus was initially on urban and economic history, using both textual and archaeological evidence (he has excavated a number of sites in Italy, though for many years he has not been a practising field archaeologist). He co-directed the Last Statues of Antiquity project, funded by the AHRC, examining where, how and why statues were used in the period circa 250–600, and why these important features of urban life dwindled in number, and eventually disappeared.  He is currently the Principal Investigator on a European Research Council project charting and investigating the origin and early development (up to around AD 700) of the 'Cult of Saints' across all of Christendom's linguistic groups: http://cultofsaints.modhist.ox.ac.uk/

Selected Publications:

[with Jörg Garms and Roswitha Juffinger] Die mittelalterlichen Grabmäler in Rom und Latium vom 13. bis zum 15. Jahrhundert, Rome 1981.

‘Two Byzantine houses at Luni’, Papers of the British School at Rome 49 (1981), 91–8.

[with Sheila Gibson] ‘The surviving remains of the Leonine Wall’, Papers of the British School at Rome 47 (1979), 30–57, & 51 (1983), 222–39.

From Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Urban Public Building in Northern and Central Italy AD 300–850, Oxford 1984.

[with others] ‘Luni and the Ager Lunensis: the rise and fall of a Roman town and its territory’, Papers of the British School at Rome 54 (1986), 82–146.

‘Continuitists, catastrophists and the towns of post-Roman northern Italy’, Papers of the British School at Rome 65 (1997), 157–76.

‘The Cities’ in Cambridge Ancient History, Vol. XIII (The Late Empire, A.D. 337–425), Cambridge 1998, 371–410.

[edited with G.P. Brogiolo] The Idea and Ideal of the Town between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Leiden 1999 (includes an authored chapter, ‘Re-using the architectural legacy of the past’, 225–44).

 ‘Why did the Anglo-Saxons not become more British?’, English Historical Review 115 (2000), 513–33.

[edited with Averil Cameron and Michael Whitby], The Cambridge Ancient History Vol. XIV (Late Antiquity: Empire and Successors, A.D. 425–600), Cambridge 2000 (contains authored chapters on ‘Land, labour and settlement’ and ‘Specialised production and exchange’, 315–91).

The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization, Oxford 2005.  (Winner of the 2006 Hessell-Tiltman Prize for a work of History, and translated into German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish).

‘The making of Late Antiquity’, in J. Drinkwater and B. Salway (eds.), Wolf Liebeschuetz reflected: essays presented by colleagues, friends and pupils, London 2007.

With others, Last Statues of Antiquity database, 2012: a searchable collection of all the evidence (epigraphic, sculptural and textual) for new, or newly erected statuary in the period from AD 284, until its disappearance in the early 7th century: http://laststatues.classics.ox.ac.uk/


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