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Dr Christopher Mallan

Lecturer in Roman History


I was educated at the University of Queensland, where I received my BA in 2008 and MPhil in 2011. In 2012 I came to Oxford for my doctoral studies, where I was based at Wadham College. Having completed my DPhil in 2015, I was appointed College Lecturer in Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. I joined The Queen’s College in 2017. 


I teach across most of the Roman History options for Mods and Greats. 


My research encompasses Imperial Greek Historiography and Roman Political History. I have also worked on the transmission of the Greco-Roman historiographical tradition in Byzantium. 


The Spectre of Alexander: Cassius Dio and the Alexander-motif, Greece and Rome (64.2) 2017, 132- 144.  

A Turkish Alexander? Michael Attaleiates, Porus and Alexander the Great, Histos (11) 2017, 101-107.

The Parthica of Pseudo-Appian, Historia, (66.3) 2017, 362-381.

The Indices in the Manuscripts of Cassius Dio, Classical Quarterly (66.2) 2016, 705-722.

Parrhesia in Dio’s Roman History, in J.M. Madsen and C.H. Lange (edd.), Cassius Dio: Greek Intellectual and Roman Politician (Leiden) 2016, 258-275.

Velleius Paterculus 2.130.3 and the Son(s) of Drusus Caesar, Rheinisches Museum für Philologie       (159.2) 2016, 219-221.

Tiberius the Goat: An addition to Champlin on Mallonia, Histos (10) 2016, 15-16.

Dexippus and the Gothic Invasions: Interpreting the New Vienna Fragment (Codex Vindobonensis Hist. gr. 73, ff. 192v-193r), Journal of Roman Studies (105) 2015, 203-226. Co-authored with Caillan Davenport.

The Rape of Lucretia in Cassius Dio’s Roman History, Classical Quarterly (64.2) 2014, 758-771.

Hadrian’s Adoption Speech in Cassius Dio’s Roman History and the Problems of Imperial Succession,  American Journal of Philology (135.4) 2014, 637-668. Co-authored with Caillan Davenport.

The Style, Method, and Programme of Xiphilinus’ Epitome of Cassius Dio’s Roman History, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies (53.3) 2013, 610-44.

Dexippus’ Letter of Decius: Context and Interpretation, Museum Helveticum (70.1) 2013, 53-73. Co-authored with Caillan Davenport.

Cassius Dio on Julia Domna: A Study of the Political and Ethical Function of Biographical Representation in Dio’s Roman History, Mnemosyne (66.4) 2013, 734-60.