David Wardle

David Wardle is Professor of Classics, as well as Acting Dean in the Faculty of Humanities, at the University of Cape Town.[1]


David Wardle
Born (1959-12-23) 23 December 1959 (age 60)
OccupationClassical scholar
Academic background
Alma materOriel College, Oxford
ThesisAn historical commentary on Suetonius' Life of Caligula, with introduction (1989)
Doctoral advisorMiriam T. Griffin, Fergus Millar
Academic work
DisciplineAncient history
InstitutionsUniversity of Cape Town, South Africa
Doctoral studentsJeffrey Murray
Notable worksSuetonius: Life of Augustus, Cicero On Divination Book I

Academic careerEdit

Born 23 December 1959 and educated in Nottingham, UK, Wardle took an MA and a DPhil from Oxford University in the sub-faculty of Literae Humaniores. After a brief stint working for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, he came to UCT as a lecturer in August 1990 and was appointed Professor in Classics and Ancient History in 2006.

Wardle's academic specialisation lies in the field of Roman imperial history and historiography which he combines with an interest in ancient Roman religion.

Besides numerous articles and book reviews, Wardle is the author of four monographs, which have taken the form of commentaries on key texts from the Classical period: Suetonius’ Life of Caligula (Brussels, 1994), Valerius Maximus’ Memorable Deeds and Sayings (Oxford, 1998) and Cicero’s On Divination (Oxford, 2006), and Suetonius: Life of Augustus (Oxford, 2014).

Wardle is also a former editor of the Classics journal, Acta Classica.

In 2017, Wardle was appointed Acting Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, at the University of Cape Town.[1]


  1. ^ a b "New appointments: DVCs and deans". www.news.uct.ac.za. Retrieved 5 May 2018.

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