Richard William Benet Salway is a senior lecturer in ancient history at University College London. His areas of speciality include Greek and Roman epigraphy and onomastics, Roman law, Roman Imperial history and travel and geography in the Graeco-Roman world.
Salway attended The Queen's College, Oxford, where he received his DPhil in 1995.
He was part-time tutor in Ancient History at St Anne's College, Oxford and part-time lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading 1993–94 and temporary lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Manchester 1994–95. He was then at University College London as post-doctoral research fellow on the British Academy/Arts and Humanities Research Board-funded Projet Volterra: Law and Empire from 1995 to 1999. He was lecturer in Classics at the University of Nottingham 1999–2001 and moved back to University College London in 2001 as lecturer in Ancient History. In 2007 he was promoted to senior lecturer. In 2005 he became a director of Projet Volterra II: Law and the End of Empire.
Salway has held several other positions at University College London: elected non-professorial representative on the Academic Board 2002–05 and since 2006, elected non-professorial member of the Academic Committee 2004–05, elected non-professorial member of Council since 2006, non-professorial member of the Nominations Committee since 2007, member of the Academic Committee Sub-Committee on Probation since 2008, and non-professorial member of the Governance Committee since 2009.
He was also secretary of the British Epigraphy Society 1999–2004 and a member of the Council of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies 2002–05 and has been a member of the Institute of Classical Studies Library Committee since 2001 and Finance Committee since 2008.
Gregorian Code discovery
In 2010 the Volterra database was used by Corcoran and Salway to identify previously unknown fragments of the Gregorian Code. The "Fragmenta Londiniensia" are seventeen pieces of parchment estimated to date from AD400, the document having been cut up and re-used as book-binding material. This is the first original evidence yet discovered of the Gregorian Codex.
- Salway, Benet (1994), "What's in a Name? A Survey of Roman Onomastic Practice from c. 700 B.C. to A.D. 700", Journal of Roman Studies, 84: 124–145, doi:10.2307/300873, ISSN 0075-4358, JSTOR 300873, OCLC 486761530
- Salway, R.W.B.; Corcoran, S.J.J.; Salway, P. (2002). "Moritix Londiniensium: a recent epigraphic find in London". British Epigraphy Society Newsletter. 8: 10–12.
- Salway, R.W.B. (2004), "Sea and river travel in the Roman itinerary literature", in Talbert, Richard J A; Brodersen, Kai, Space in the Roman world : its perception and presentation, Antike Kultur und Geschichte, Bd. 5, Lit Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8258-7419-3, OCLC 54928851
- Salway, Benet (2005), "The Nature and Genesis of the Peutinger Map", Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography, Taylor & Francis, 57.2: 119–135, doi:10.1080/03085690500094867, ISSN 0308-5694, OCLC 365935559
- Salway, Benet (2006), "Equestrian prefects and the award of senatorial honours from the Severans to Constantine", in Kolb, Anne, Herrschaftsstrukturen und Herrschaftspraxis : Konzepte, Prinzipien und Startegien der Administration im römischen Kaiserreich : Akten der Tagung an der Universität Zürich, 18.-20.10.2004, Akademie Verlag, pp. 111–135, ISBN 3-05-004149-8, OCLC 77548180
- Salway, Benet (2007), "The perception and description of space in Roman itineraries", in M. Rathmann, Wahrnehmung und Erfassung geographischer Räume in der Antike (in German), von Zabern, pp. 181–209, ISBN 3-8053-3749-3, OCLC 163094706
- University of London. Institute of Classical Studies; Salway, Benet (2007), "Constantine Augoustos not Sebastos", in Drinkwater, J.F.; Salway, Benet, Wolf Liebeschuetz reflected, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, Supplement; 91, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, pp. 37–50, OCLC 223208528
- Salway, Benet (2008), "Roman Consuls, Imperial Politics, and Egyptian Papyri: The Consulates of 325 and 344 CE", Journal of Late Antiquity, 1.2: 278–310, doi:10.1353/jla.0.0013, ISSN 1939-6716, OCLC 424630925
- IRIS c.v. of Dr. Benet Salway
- Dr Simon Corcoran (14 July 2009). ""Projet Volterra"; Introduction". UCL. Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
- University College London. "Members of UCL Council 2009–10". UCL. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
- Pearse, Roger (27 January 2010). "Lost Roman legal text found". Retrieved 27 January 2010.
- Lost Roman law code discovered in London, Arts and Humanities Research Council, 28 January 2010, archived from the original (Podcast) on 14 March 2010, retrieved 28 January 2010
- Jack, Malcolm (28 January 2010). "Cracking the codex: Long lost Roman legal document discovered". The Independent.
These fragments are the first direct evidence of the original version of the Gregorian Code. Our preliminary study confirms that it was the pioneer of a long tradition that has extended down into the modern era and it is ultimately from the title of this work, and its companion volume the Codex Hermogenianus, that we use the term 'code' in the sense of 'legal rulings'.
- Kennedy, Maev (28 January 2010). "Experts identify scraps of lost Roman law text: Copy of the Gregorian Code, which was first drafted in AD300, had been chopped up and used to cover medieval book". The Guardian.
The fragments were bought by a private collector at a sale in London. After failing either to translate the script or identify the subject, he circulated photocopies which eventually reached Salway and Corcoran.
- Rachel Kaufman (10 February 2010). "Lost Roman Codex Fragments Found in Book Binding". National Geographic. Retrieved 4 February 2010.