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Christopher John Smith


Christopher John Smith
Postal address:
School of Classics
The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


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Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 46

Research overview

My early research concentrated on the archaeology of early Rome and Latium as evidence of their social and economic development in the period before 500 BC; I have continued to work on the parallels between developments in Italy and in archaic Greece, and the possibilities of useful comparative work between the two. I am also researching the transformations of the Republican period, and this led me to assess the evolution of the social form the Romans called the 'gens'. In addition, as one of the general editors of a new edition of the Fragmentary Roman Historians I have developed a broad interest in historiography, and a specific interest in fragmentary literature, which extends to Greek historiography and fragments of Greek and Latin oratory. I am on the advisory board of a new edition of the Fragmentary Roman Orators, and working on various antiquarian authors.  This has also led me to consider in more detail writers like Pliny the Elder and Aulus Gellius, who are our sources for much fragmentary literature, as well as the periods of the late Republic which generated significant historical accounts, which I believe reflect deep and profound intellectual arguments (as well as personal self-justification) amongst the political class. This has led me to begin to pursue work on Cicero in particular. 

My next project will consider the Roman kings, combining archaeology, historiography and social scientific methodologies to to analyse the nature of power in archaic society.

Current Projects : The Roman Kings (Leverhulme Major Research Grant)

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