Christopher Smith (classicist)

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Christopher John Smith, FSA (Scot), FRHistS, FSA, FRSA (born 1965 in Aylesbury, England) is a British academic and classicist specialising in early Ancient Rome. He is Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews and was formerly Director of the British School at Rome.[1][2] From 1 September 2020 he is on secondment to the Arts and Humanities Research Council as Executive Chair.[3]

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Aylesbury, England in 1965. He attended Aylesbury Grammar School then Keble College, University of Oxford to read a Bachelor of Arts in Literae Humaniores, graduating in 1988.[4] He holds a DPhil also from Keble College awarded in 1992.[citation needed]

Academic career[edit]

His research explores constitutionalism and state formation with particular emphasis on the development of Rome as a political and social community and how this was represented in ancient historical writing and subsequent political thought.

He joined the University of St Andrews in 1992 as a Lecturer in Ancient History and was appointed to a chair in 2002.[citation needed]

He was Proctor & Provost of St Leonard's College, University of St Andrews.[5]

He served as President of the Unione internazionale degli istituti di archeologia Storia e Storia dell’Arte in Rome from 2012 to 2017.[citation needed]

In 2017 he was awarded a three-year Leverhulme Trust Major Research Grant.[6] to study Rome's early kings. He is foreign member to the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Etruschi ed Italici in Florence.[7]

Selected publications & awards[edit]

Among his publications are:[8]

  • Early Rome and Latium: Economy and Society c. 1000 to 500 BC Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 978-0-19-815031-2.
  • The Roman Clan: The Gens from Ancient Ideology to Modern Anthropology.Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0-521-85692-8.
  • Christopher John Smith; Anton Powell; Tim Cornell, eds. The lost memoirs of Augustus and the development of Roman autobiography. Swansea [Wales]: Classical Press of Wales; Oakville, CT: Distributor in the United States of America, David Brown Book Co., 2009. ISBN 978-1-905125-25-8.
  • CJ Smith, RJ Covino (eds). Praise and Blame in Roman Republican Oratory. Swansea : Classical Press of Wales ; Oakville, CT : Distributor in the United States of America, David Brown Book Co., 2011. ISBN 978-1-905125-46-3.
  • Peter Derow; Christopher John Smith; Liv Mariah Yarrow, eds. Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-960075-5.

Awarded Premio Cultori di Roma 2017 by the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Romani [9]


  1. ^ "Staff and Fellows". The British School at Rome. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Prof. Christopher Smith". University of St Andrews.
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  4. ^ "Appointment to British School at Rome". Keble College, Oxford University. 18 May 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  5. ^ "New role for Vice-Principal". University of St Andrews. 21 April 2009. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Major Research Fellowships 2016 | The Leverhulme Trust".
  7. ^ "Istituto Nazionale di Studi Etruschi ed Italici" (in Italian). Florence: Istituto Nazionale di Studi Etruschi ed Italici. 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Christopher John Smith - Research publications - University of St Andrews".
  9. ^ "Premio Cultori di Roma for Christopher Smith". 10 May 2017./