Fergus Millar

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Sir Fergus Graham Burtholme Millar FBA (born 5 July 1935) is Camden Professor of Ancient History Emeritus, Oxford University. He received the for Classics from the in 2005. Millar numbers among the most influential ancient historians of the twentieth century.

Millar was educated at Trinity College (B.A.) and All Souls College, Oxford. At Oxford he studied Philosophy and Ancient History, and received his D. Phil. degree there in 1962.

He has held positions in University College, London and Oxford University, where, from 1984 until his retirement in 2002, he was Camden Professor of Ancient History.

Millar has served as editor of the Journal of Roman Studies (1975–1979) and as President of the (1992–1993), and holding various offices in the British Academy, to which he was elected a Fellow in 1976.

Millar is an authority in the field of ancient Roman and Greek history. His accolades include honorary doctorates from Oxford and Helsinki, and elected memberships in foreign academies. His first book, A Study of Cassius Dio (1964), set the tone for his prolific scholarly production. He has continued to produce important works, including The Roman Near East (31 BC – AD 337) (1993), a path breaking, non-Romano-centric treatment of this area. His further work includes The Crowd in the Late Republic (1998) and The Roman Republic in Political Thought (2002).

He was knighted in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours.


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