Richard Miles (historian)

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Richard Miles
Richard Miles 2012 in Trier 02.jpg
Richard Miles in 2012
Born (1969-01-02) 2 January 1969 (age 48)
Pembury, United Kingdom
Residence Sydney, Australia
Nationality British
Fields Archaeology, ancient history, classics,
Institutions University of Cambridge
University of Sydney
Alma mater University of Liverpool (BA)
Jesus College, Cambridge (PhD)
Doctoral advisor Peter Garnsey

Richard Miles (born in Pembury, Kent, 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 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 the former head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, and 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 Four Television Corporation series Carthage: The Roman Holocaust (2004), which focuses upon the war between Carthage and Rome.[6]



  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 2017-02-13. 
  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.  External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Alston, Richard. Carthage Must Be Destroyed (Book review), BBC History magazine, March 2010

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