Charles Freeman (historian)

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Charles Freeman
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of East Anglia
  • John Freeman (father)
  • Winefride Freeman (mother)

Charles P. Freeman (born 1947) is an English historian specializing in the history of ancient Greece and Rome. He is the author of numerous books on the ancient world including The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason. He has taught courses on ancient history in Cambridge's Adult Education program and is a Historical Consultant to the Blue Guides. He also leads cultural study tours to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Early life and education[edit]

From an early age Freeman was passionate about history and spent his school holidays helping on archeological digs run by Ipswich Museum. He studied law at Trinity College, Cambridge, and after graduation spent a year teaching in Sudan.[1]

He also holds a master's degree in African history and politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and an additional master's degree in applied research in education from the University of East Anglia.[1]

In 1978 he was appointed head of history at St. Clare's, Oxford, an international sixth form college and spent ten years there. He spent thirty years in total as a teacher and examiner/senior examiner with the International Baccalaureate. From 1988 he has worked full-time as a professional freelance historian.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Charles Freeman lives in Suffolk near Framlingham, England, with his second wife Lydia; between them they have seven children.[1]


  • The World of the Romans: Illustrated Encyclopedia of World History. 1993, Oxford University Press.
  • Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean. 1996. Third edition-2014.
  • The Legacy of Ancient Egypt. 1997, Facts on File/Checkmark Books
  • The Greek Achievement: The Foundation of the Western World. 1999
  • The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason. Published October 7, 2003
  • A.D. 381: Heretics, Pagans, and the Dawn of the Monotheistic State. 2009.
  • A New History of Early Christianity. 2009.
  • Sites of Antiquity: From Ancient Egypt to the Fall of Rome, 50 Sites that Explain the Classical World. 2009
  • The Horses of St. Mark's: A Story of Triumph in Byzantium, Paris, and Venice. 2010
  • Holy Bones, Holy Dust: How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe. 2011


  1. ^ a b c d Steven Russell (14 May 2011). "How blood and bones brought comfort, power and wealth". EADT. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2011.

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