Richard W. BURGESS


Richard W. BURGESS
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses and Full Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies

1989 - DPhil, Oxford University
1984 - MA, University of Toronto
1983 - BA, Trinity College, Toronto

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Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Courses Taught

  • CLA1102   Roman Civilization
  • CLA4150   Ancient History Seminar (The Fall of the Roman Empire, Roman Imperial Numismatics)
  • CLA5901   Sight Translation
  • CLA5924   Topics in Late Antique History (Palaeography and Editing Texts from the First to the Twelfth Century)
  • CLA8308   Topics in Ancient History (Sources for Roman History)
  • LCL1101   Latin I
  • LCL1102   Latin II
  • LCL2151   Greek I
  • LCL2152   Greek II
  • LCL3151   Ancient Greek III
  • LCL3152   Ancient Greek IV
  • LCL3355   Selections from Greek Authors (Plato (Apology), New Testament)
  • LCL4150   Greek Authors (Plato (Symposium), Herodotus, and Thucydides)

Selected publications

Books Authored

Roman Imperial Chronology and Early-Fourth-Century HistoriographyThe Regnal Durations of the So-called Chronica urbis Romae of the Chronograph of 354 with a new critical edition of the text, Stuttgart, Germany, Franz Steiner, 2014, Historia Einzelschriften.

and Michael Kulikowski, Mosaics of Time. The Latin Chronicle Traditions from the First Century BC to the Sixth Century AD, I. A Historical Introduction to the Chronicle Genre from its Origins to the High Middle Ages, Turnhout, Belgium, Brepols, 2013, Studies in the Early Middles Ages, 33, xiii + 444 pp.

Chronicles, Consuls, and CoinsHistoriography and History in the Later Roman Empire, London, UK, Ashgate, 2011, Variorum Collected Studies, 984, xiv + 354 pp.

(with Witold Witakowski), Studies in Eusebian and Post-Eusebian Chronography, Stuttgart, Germany, Franz Steiner, 1999, Historia Einzelschriften, 135, 358 pp.

The Chronicle of Hydatius and the Consularia ConstantinopolitanaTwo Contemporary Accounts of the Final Years of the Roman Empire, Oxford, UK, Clarendon Press, 1993, Oxford Classical Monographs, 270 pp.

Chapters in Books

"Chronicles", Blackwell's Companion to Late Antique Literature, (eds.) Scott McGill and Edward Watts, Oxford, Blackwell, 2016 (commissioned)

"Morte e successione constantiniana", Costantino I. Enciclopedia costantiniana sulla figura e l’immagine dell’imperatore del cosiddetto editto di milano, 313-2013, (eds. )Peter Brown, Johannes Helmrath, Alberto Melloni, Emauela Prinzivalli, Silvia Ronchey, Norman Tanner, Roma, Italy, Istitvto della Enciclopedia Italiana fondata da Giovanni Treccani, 2013, pp. 89-104.

"The Gallic Chronicle of 511: A New Critical Edition with a Brief Introduction", Society and Culture in Late Antique Gaul. Revisiting the Sources, (eds.) Ralph W. Mathisen and Danuta Schanzer, Aldershot, UK, Ashgate, 2001, pp. 85-100.

"The Gallic Chronicle of 452: A New Critical Edition with a Brief Introduction", Society and Culture in Late Antique Gaul.  Revisiting the Sources, (eds.) Ralph W. Mathisen and Danuta Schanzer, Aldershot, UK, Ashgate, 2001, pp. 52-84.

Papers In Refereed Journals 

‘The New Edition of the Chronograph of 354. A Detailed Critique’. Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum. (Forthcoming in 2016)

Mike Hinds, George Bevan, R. W. Burgess. ‘The Non-Destructive Determination of Pt in Ancient Roman Gold Coins by XRF Spectrometry’. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 29 (2014): 1799-1805.

and Jitse H. F. Dijkstra, "The ‘Alexandrian World Chronicle’, its Consularia and the Date of the Destruction of the Serapeum (with an Appendix on the List of Praefecti Augustales)", Millennium, 10, 39-113, 2013.

"The Date, Purpose, and Historical Context of the Original Greek and the Latin Translation of the So-called Excerpta Latina Barbari", Traditio, 68, 1-56, 2013.

"Another Look at Sosates, the “Jewish Homer”", Journal for the Study of Judaism, 44, 195-217, 2013.

"The Chronograph of 354: its Manuscripts, Contents, and History",Journal of Late Antiquity, 5, 345-96, 2012.

and Jitse H. F. Dijkstra, "The Berlin “Chronicle” (P. Berol. inv. 13296): A New Edition of the Earliest Extant Late Antique Consularia", Archiv für Papyrusforschung, 58, 273-301 + Plate XIII, 2012.

"Another Look at the Newly-Discovered “Leipzig World Chronicle”",Archiv für Papyrusforschung, 58, 16?25, 2012.

"The Summer of Blood: The "Great massacre" of the 337 and the Promotion of the Sons of Constantine", Dumbarton Oaks Papers, 62, 5-51, 2008. 
Appeared 2010 and Geoffrey Greatrex and Hugh Elton, "Urbicus' Epitedeuma: An Edition, Translation, and Commentary", Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 98, 37-76, 2005.

"A Common Source for Jerome, Eutropius, Festus, Annianus, and the Epitome de Caesaribus between 358 and 378, along with Further Thoughts on the Date and nature of the Kaisergeschichte", Classical Philology, 100, 166-92, 2005.

"The passio Artemii, Philostorgius, and the Dates of the Invention and Translations of the relics of Sts Andrew and Luke", Analecta Bollandiana, 121, 5-36, 2003.
"Jerome Explained: An Introduction to his Chronicle and a Guide to its Use", The Ancient History Bulletin, 16, 1-32, 2002.

"Eutropius v.c. Magister memoriae?", Classical Philology, 96, 76-81, 2001.

"“Non duo Antonini sed duo Augusti”: The Consuls of 161 and the Origins and Traditions of the Latin Consular Fasti of the Roman Empire", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 132, 259-90, 2000.

"The Date of the Deposition of Eustathius of Antioch", The Journal of Theological Studies, NS 51, 150-60, 2000.

"The Dates of the First Siege of Nisibis and the Death of James of Nisibis", Byzantion, 69, 7-17, 1999.

"The Dates of the Martyrdom of Simeon bar Sabba'e and the “Great Massacre”", Analecta Bollandiana, 117, 9-66, 1999.

"Ἀχυρών or Προάστειον? The Location and Circumstances of Constantine's Death", The Journal of Theological Studies, NS 50, 153-61, 1999.

"Overlooked Evidence for Grain Prices in Antioch, A.D. 333", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 120, 295-8, 1997.

"The Dates and Editions of Eusebius’ Chronici canones and Historia ecclesiastica", The Journal of Theological Studies, NS 48, 471-504, 1997.

"The Date of the Persecution of Christians in the Army", The Journal of Theological Studies, NS 47, 157-8, 1996.

"Jerome and the Kaisergeschichte", Historia, 44, 349-69, 1995.

"On the Date of the Kaisergeschichte", Classical Philology, 90, 111-28, 1995.

"Response to rebuttal of ‘The Dark Ages Return to Fifth-Century Britain’", Britannia, 25, 240-3, 1994.

"The Accession of Marcian in the Light of Chalcedonian Apologetic and Monophysite Polemic", Byzantinische Zeitschrift, 86/87, 47-68, 1993/1994.

"Principes cum tyrannis: Two Studies on the Kaisergeschichte and its Tradition", Classical Quarterly, 43, 491-500, 1993.

"The Dark Ages Return to Fifth-Century Britain: The ‘Restored’ Gallic Chronicle Exploded", Britannia, 21, 185-95, 1990.

"History vs Historiography in Late Antiquity", The Ancient History Bulletin, 4, 116-24, 1990.

"Consuls and Consular Dating in the Later Roman Empire", Phoenix, 43, 143-57, 1989.

"Quinquennial Vota and the Imperial Consulship in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries, 337-511", Numismatic Chronicle, 148, 77-96 + plates 23-28, 1988.

"A New Reading for Hydatius Chronicle 177 and the Defeat of the Huns in Italy", Phoenix, 42, 357-63, 1988.

"The Third Regnal Year of Eparchius Avitus: A Reply", Classical Philology, 82, 335-45, 1987.

"The Ninth Consulship of Honorius, A.D. 411 and 412", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 65, 211-21, 1986.

Papers In Refereed Conference Proceedings

and Michael Kulikowski, "Medieval Historiographical Terminology: The Meaning of the Word Annales", The Medieval Chronicle VIII, Rodopi, 165-92, 2013.

and Michael Kulikowski, "The History and Origins of the Latin Chronicle Tradition", The Medieval Chronicle VI, Rodopi, 153-77, 2009.

"A Chronological Prolegomenon to Reconstructing Eusebius' Chronici canones: The Evidence of Ps-Dionysius (the Zuqnin Chronicle)",Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies, 6, 29-38, 2006.

"Apologetic and Chronography: The Antecedents of Julius Africanus",Iulius Africanus und die christliche Weltchronistik, Walter de Gruyter, 17-42, 2006.

"Jerome’s Chronici canones, Quellenforschung, and Fourth-Century Historiography", Historiae Augustae Colloquium Argentoratense. Atti dei Convegni sulla Historia Augusta VI, Edipuglia, 83-104, 1998.

"Hydatius and the Final Frontier: The Fall of the Roman Empire and the End of the World", Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, Ashgate, 321-32, 1996.

"From Gallia Romana to Gallia Gothica: The View from Spain", Fifth-Century Gaul: A Crisis of Identity?, Cambridge University Press, 19-27, 1992.

Online Resources

'Chronicles'. In Dee Clayman (ed.).Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. New York: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming 2016) (

Dictionaries or Encyclopedia Entries

"Numismatics, Late Empire", Encyclopedia of the Roman Army, Yann le Bohec, Yann le Bohec, Oxford, Wiley-Balckwell, 2014, pp. 705-6.

"Victor, Sextus Aurelius", "Prosper of Aquitaine (Prosper Tiro)", "Porphyry of Tyre", "Pomponius Atticus, Titus", "Phlegon of Tralles", "Paschale Campanum", "Parian Marble (Marmor Parium; Chronicum Parium)", "Oxyrhynchus Chronicle (P.Oxy. I 12)", "Marius of Avenches (Marius Aventicensis)", "Marcellinus Comes", "Lindian Chronicle", "Liber genealogus", "Kaisergeschichte (Enmannische Kaisergeschichte; KG or EKG)", "Jerome (Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus)", "Hydatius (Idacius)", "Historia Augusta", "Golenischev Chronicle", "Gallic Chronicle of 511", "Gallic Chronicle of 452 (Chronica Gallica ad an. CCCCLII; Chronicon imperiale; Chronicon Pithoeanum)", "Festus", "Fasti Vindobonenses", "Fasti Ostienses", "Fasti Berolinenses", "Excerpta Sangallensia (St. Gallen excerpts)", "Excerpta Latina Barbari (Barbarus Scaligeri)", "Eutropius", "Eusebius of Caesarea", "Eratosthenes", "Epitome de caesaribus", "Cornelius Neops", "Continuatio Eusebii Antiochiensis", "Consularia Ravennatia (Ravenna Annals)", "Consularia Italica", "Consularia Hafniensia", "Consularia Constantinipolitana (Descriptio consulum)", "Consularia and fasti", "Chronograph of 354", "Chronicon Romanum", "Chronica urbis Romae", "Castor of Rhodes", "Cassiodorus", "Apollodorus of Athens", "Anonymus Matritensis", "Anonymi Valesiani pars posterior", "Annales Andecavenses", The Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Graeme Dunphy, Graeme Dunphy, Leiden, Brill, 2009.

"Victor, Sextus Aurelius", "Paschale Campanum", "Liber generationis (Συναγωγὴ χρόνων καὶ ἐτῶν ἀπὸ κτίσεως κόσμου ἕως τῆς ἐνεστώσης ἡμέρας)", "Kaisergeschichte of Enmann", "Historia Augusta", "Festus", "Excerpta Sangallensia", "Eutropius", "Epitome de caesaribus", "Descriptio consulum", "Consularia Vindobonensia priora et posteriora", "Consularia Marsiburgensia", "Consularia Italica", "Consularia Hafniensia", "Consularia Berolinensia", "Consularia", "Chronographia Scaligeriana", "Chronographia Golenischevensis", "Chronicles, Gallic", "Chronicles, city", "Breviarium Vindobonense", The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, Mark Humphries and Oliver Nicholson, Mark Humphries and Oliver Nicholson, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Fields of Interest

  • Late Roman chronicles
  • Editing texts
  • Late Roman history and historiography
  • Late Roman coinage, especially fifth century Western
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