Fergus Millar

Sir Fergus Millar
Born (1935-07-05) 5 July 1935
Other names F. G. B. Millar
Education Trinity College, Oxford
All Souls College, Oxford
Occupation Professor of ancient history

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.

Early life

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 career

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]


See also


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