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Sir Fergus Graham Burtholme Millar FBA (/ˈmɪlər/; born 5 July 1935) is a British historian and Camden Professor of Ancient History Emeritus, Oxford University. Millar numbers among the most influential ancient historians of the 20th century.


Sir Fergus Millar
Born (1935-07-05) 5 July 1935 (age 83)
Other namesF. G. B. Millar
EducationTrinity College, Oxford
All Souls College, Oxford
OccupationProfessor of ancient history


Early lifeEdit

Millar was educated at Trinity College (B.A.) and All Souls College, Oxford. At Oxford he studied Philosophy and Ancient History, and received his D. Phil. degree there in 1962.

Academic careerEdit

He has held positions in University College, London and Oxford University, where, from 1984 until his retirement in 2002, he was Camden Professor of Ancient History.

Millar has served as editor of the Journal of Roman Studies (1975–1979) and as President of the British Classical Association (1992–1993), and holding various offices in the British Academy, to which he was elected a Fellow in 1976.[1] He was Chairman of the Council for Academic Autonomy (see also Anthony D. Smith), a group of academic activists who sought to promote academic freedom and the separation of universities and research institutions from state control.[2]

He is an authority in the field of ancient Roman and Greek history. His accolades include honorary doctorates from the University of Helsinki, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and elected memberships in foreign academies. His first book, A Study of Cassius Dio (1964), set the tone for his prolific scholarly production. He has continued to produce important works, including The Roman Near East (31 BC – 337 AD) (1993), a path-breaking, non-Romano-centric treatment of this area. His further work includes The Crowd in the Late Republic (1998) and The Roman Republic in Political Thought (2002).


Millar received the Kenyon Medal for Classics from the British Academy in 2005. He was knighted in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours.[3]


  • Millar, Fergus (1964). Study of Cassius Dio. Oxford University Press. p. 250 pages. ISBN 0-19-814336-2.
  • Millar, Fergus; Berciu, D (1967), The Roman Empire and its neighbours, London Weidenfeld & Nicolson, OCLC 264971844
  • Millar, Fergus (1967). Roman Empire and Its Neighbours. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 370 pages. ISBN 0-7156-1569-6.
  • Millar, Fergus (1977). The Emperor in the Roman World, 31 BC–AD 337. Cornell University Press. p. 657 pages. ISBN 0-8014-1058-4.
  • Millar, Fergus; Erich Segal (1984). Caesar Augustus: Seven Aspects. Clarendon Press. p. 221 pages. ISBN 0-19-814858-5.
  • Millar, Fergus (1993). The Roman Near East (31 BC–AD 337). Harvard University Press. p. 587 pages. ISBN 0-674-77886-3.
  • Millar, Fergus (1998). The Crowd in Rome in the Late Republic. University of Michigan Press. p. 236. ISBN 0-472-08878-5.
  • Millar, Fergus (2002). The Roman Republic in political thought. Hanover. p. 201 pages. ISBN 1-58465-199-7. Series: Menahem Stern Jerusalem lectures
  • Millar, Fergus; edited by Hannah M. Cotton and Guy M. Rogers (2002). Rome, the Greek World, and the East vol. 1: The Roman Republic and the Augustan Revolution. Chapel Hill. p. 383 pages. ISBN 0-8078-4990-1.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  • Millar, Fergus; edited by Hannah M. Cotton and Guy M. Rogers (2004). Rome, the Greek World, and the East vol. 2: Government, Society and Culture in the Roman Empire. Chapel Hill. p. 470 pages. ISBN 0-8078-5520-0.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  • Millar, Fergus; edited by Hannah M. Cotton and Guy M. Rogers (2006). Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 3: The Greek World, the Jews, and the East. The University of North Carolina Press. p. 552 pages. ISBN 0-8078-5693-2.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  • Millar, Fergus (2006), A Greek Roman Empire : power and belief under Theodosius II (408–450), Univ. of California Press, cop, ISBN 978-0-520-24703-1

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ British Academy Register Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ FGB Millar Academic freedom (Letter to the Editor). The Times 5 June 1990>
  3. ^ "No. 59446". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2010. p. 1.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter Brunt
Camden Professor of Ancient History, Oxford University
Succeeded by
Alan Bowman