Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses and Full Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, and Director, Classics Undergraduate 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 did his undergraduate degree in Classics, and then his doctorate, at Exeter College, Oxford. In Britain, he taught part-time at Oxford Brookes University and at the University of Warwick and held research fellowships at the Open University and Cardiff University. Having returned to Canada in 1998, he taught initially at Dalhousie University and then, since 2001, at the University of Ottawa, where he is now full professor. He has published extensively on the reign of Justinian and the eastern Roman frontier in Late Antiquity. He is currently engaged on a SSHRC-funded project to produce a commentary on Procopius’ Persian Wars.



Courses taught

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

Selected publications 

Shifting Genres in Late Antiquity, edited with Hugh Elton (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).

"Perceptions of Procopius in Recent Scholarship", Histos 8 (2014), 76-121.

The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor. Church and War in Late Antiquity (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2011, Translated Texts for Historians, vol. 55), with Rob Phenix and Cornelia Horn.

"Deux notes sur Théodose II et les Perses", Antiquité Tardive 16 (2008), 19-25.

"La du sortoj de la romia imperio", in A. Wandel and R. McCoy, eds, Aktoj de la IKU, 66a sesio (Rotterdam, 2013), 69-96.

"Roman frontiers and foreign policy in the East", in R. Alston and S. Lieu, eds, Aspects of the Roman East (Turnhout, 2007), 103-73.

“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
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