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L. Michael Whitby is a British ancient historian of Late Antiquity. He specialises in late Roman history, early Byzantine history and historiography. He is currently pro-vice-chancellor and head of the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham.

Early lifeEdit

Whitby read Literae Humaniores at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford.[1] He then spent three years working as a civil servant in the Scottish Office. He returned to Oxford to conduct postgraduate study in Byzantine history.[2]

Academic careerEdit

Whitby held a junior research fellowship at Merton College, Oxford.[3] In 1987, he joined the Ancient History department at the University of St Andrews. He became head of department in 1993 and received a personal chair in 1995 as Professor of Ancient History.[2]

He was Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick,[4] having joined the Department of Classics and Ancient History in 1996.[5] He also served as pro-vice-chancellor 'Teaching, Learning and Quality' from 2003,[6] and then 'Academic Planning and Resources'.[1]

On 1 September 2010, he became pro-vice-chancellor and head of College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham.[1]


In 2007, Whitby was awarded a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by the University of Warwick.[7] He received one of the 2009 Distinguished Book Awards from the Society for Military History for The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare.[8]


  • The Emperor Maurice and his Historian: Theophylact Simocatta on Persian and Balkan Warfare (1988).
  • Chronicon Paschale 284–628 AD (1989), with Mary Whitby.
  • The Cambridge Ancient History XIV; AD 425–600 (2000), co-editor.
  • Rome at War AD 293–696 (2002).
  • The Cambridge History of Ancient Warfare (2005), co-editor.
  • Christian Persecution, Martyrdom and Orthodoxy (2006).
  • Sparta. New York: Routledge (2002).


  1. ^ a b c "Birmingham appoints Whitby to lead College of Arts and Law". My Science. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Professor Michael Whitby". University of Birmingham. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ "PROFESSOR MICHAEL WHITBY, PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR". University of Warwick. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  4. ^ Philip Sabin; Hans van Wees; Michael Whitby, eds. (2007). The Cambridge history of Greek and Roman warfare. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521857796.
  5. ^ "Professor Michael Whitby". University of Warwick. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  6. ^ "General Meeting - Closing Remarks". University of Warwick. 19 December 2006. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Higher Doctorates for Warwick People". University of Warwick. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Distinguished Book Awards". Society for Military History. Retrieved 28 July 2013.