Geoffrey Greatrex


Geoffrey Greatrex
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses and Full Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies
1994 – DPhil, Exeter College, Oxford
1990 – BA, Exeter College, Oxford

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Geoffrey B. Greatrex


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

Geoffrey Greatrex studied Classics at Exeter College, Oxford, and then went on to do his doctorate at the same institution on ‘Procopius and the Persian Wars’. While completing his doctorate, he taught part-time at Oxford Brookes University and at the University of Warwick. Once he had obtained his DPhil he joined the Open University as a research fellow on the later Roman empire (1994-5). He then worked at the University of Ottawa for a year before returning once again to the U.K. to hold a research fellowship at the University of Wales in Cardiff (1996-8). From 1998 to 2001, he was assistant professor in the Department of Classics at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, and finally in 2001 returned to his native Ottawa. His research focuses on the Roman East in the sixth century A.D.; his current SSHRC-funded project concerns the Church History of Pseudo-Zachariah of Mytilene.

Courses taught

  • CLA/HIS2501 Le début de la civilisation grecque
  • CLA/HIS2503 La république romaine
  • LCL2551-2552 La langue grecque

Selected publications 

“Justin I and the Arians,” in Studia Patristica, vol. 34, ed., M. F. Wiles and E. J. Yarnold, (Louvain, 2001), 73-81.

“Lawyers and Historians in Late Antiquity,” in R. Mathisen, ed., Law, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity. (Oxford, 2001), 148-161.

The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars, A.D. 363-630 (London: Routledge, 2002), with S.N.C. Lieu.

“Recent work on Procopius and the Composition Wars VIII,” Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. 27 (2003), 45-67.

“Khusro II and the Christians of his empire”, Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 3 (2003), 78-88.

“Byzantium and the East in the Sixth Century”, in M. Maas, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 477-509.

Fields of Interest

  • Late Antiquity
  • Romano-Persian Relations
  • The Reign of the Emperor Justinian