Richard Miles (historian)

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Richard Miles
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Richard Miles in 2012
Born (1969-01-02) 2 January 1969 (age 54)
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool (BA)
Jesus College, Cambridge (PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsArchaeology, ancient history, classics
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
University of Sydney
Doctoral advisorPeter Garnsey

Richard Miles (born 1969)[1] is a British historian and archaeologist, best known for presenting two major historical documentary series: BBC2's Ancient Worlds (2010),[2] which presented a comprehensive overview of classical history and the dawn of civilisation, and BBC Four's Archaeology: a Secret History (2013).[3]

Miles was born in Pembury, Kent. He studied ancient history and archaeology at the University of Liverpool and sat for a PhD in classics under Professor Peter Garnsey at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is a professor of Roman history and archaeology and pro-vice-chancellor of enterprise and engagement at the University of Sydney.[4] He was formerly head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, and is a former director of the Arts Career Ready Programme at Sydney.[5] His research primarily concerns Punic and Late Roman history and archaeology.

He has directed archaeological digs in Carthage and Rome, and in 2010 he published Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Civilisation.[5] He also hosted the two-part Channel 4 series Carthage: The Roman Holocaust (2004), which focuses upon the war between Carthage and Rome.[6]


  • (editor) Constructing Identities in Late Antiquity (Routledge, 1999) ISBN 978-0-415-19406-8
  • Carthage Must Be Destroyed (Allen Lane, 2010) ISBN 978-0-7139-9793-4; Paperback (Penguin, 2011) ISBN 978-0-14-101809-6[7]
  • The Vandals (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). ISBN 978-1-4051-6068-1
  • Ancient Worlds: The Search for the Origins of Western Civilization (Allen Lane, 2010) ISBN 978-0-7139-9794-1
  • (editor) The Donatist Schism: Controversy and Contexts (Liverpool University Press, 2016) ISBN 978-1-78138-281-3


  1. ^ My bright idea: Civilisation is still worth striving for, The Guardian, Sunday 17 October 2010
  2. ^ The Observer, 17 October 2010
  3. ^ BBC Four - Archaeology: A Secret History. Accessed 30 April 2013
  4. ^ "Associate Professor Richard Miles". University of Sydney. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b Sydney Ideas talk - Carthage: City of Memories
  6. ^ Kelly, Lucia. "Carthage: The Roman Holocaust". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  7. ^ Alston, Richard. Carthage Must Be Destroyed (Book review), BBC History magazine, March 2010

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