Dr Caillan Davenport
Dr Caillan Davenport


Lecturer in Roman Imperial History

Contact Details:

Office: 514, Michie Building (9)
Phone: +61 7 3365 3283
Email: c.davenport@uq.edu.au


MPhil, Qld
DPhil, University of Oxford


Greek and Roman History, Classical Languages.
ANCH1240: The Rise of Ancient Greece
ANCH1250: The Rise of Ancient Rome
ANCH2130: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
ANCH2230: The Age of Imperial Rome: Politics and Society from Tiberius to Constantine (revised course, starting Semester 1, 2013)
ANCH2270: Roman Art and Archaeology
ANCH6920: Ancient Historiography
LATN1110: Introductory Latin
LATN2230: Latin Language and Literature 1
LATN2240: Latin Language and Literature 2 (Vergil, Aeneid IV)

Research Interests:

Roman imperial history and historiography; the senatorial and equestrian orders; Roman epigraphy and numismatics; Late Antiquity.

Current Research Projects:

"Popular Perceptions of Roman Emperors from Augustus to Theodosius I" (ARC DECRA Project)
This project will examine how Roman emperors were perceived by the inhabitants of their empire, from soldiers, slaves and freedmen to senatorial aristocrats. It has two main aims: (i) to explain the different ways in which the emperors' military, judicial, religious and moral authority was conceived, interpreted and transmitted in the Roman world; and (ii) to analyze the continuities and changes in these aspects between the first and fourth centuries A.D. The significance of this study lies in its demonstration that the popular reception of imperial rule is crucial to understanding how and why the institution of emperorship endured in the Roman world. This outcome will enhance scholarly and public understanding of the Roman empire.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • C. Davenport and J. Manley (2014), Fronto: Selected Letters (Bloomsbury Academic: London).
Book chapters
  • C. Davenport (2015), ‘Inscribing Senatorial Status and Identity, A.D. 200-350’, forthcoming in A. Kuhn (ed.) Sozialer Status und Prestige in der römischen Welt (Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart).
  • C. Davenport (2014), ‘Imperial Ideology and Commemorative Culture in the Eastern Roman Empire, A.D. 284-450’, in D. Dzino and K. Parry (eds), Byzantium, its Neighbours and its Cultures. Byzantina Australiensia 20 (Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, Brisbane), 45-70.
Journal Articles
  • C. Davenport and C. Mallan (2014), ‘Hadrian’s Adoption Speech in Cassius Dio’s Roman History and the Problems of Imperial Succession’ American Journal of Philology 135.4, 637-668.
  • C. Davenport (2014), ‘M. Claudius Tacitus: Senator or Soldier?’, Latomus 73.1, 174-187.
  • C. Davenport (2014), ‘The Conduct of Vitellius in Cassius Dio’s Roman History’, Historia 63.1, 96-116.
For a full list of publications, please refer to my UQ Researchers profile.

Research Higher Degree Students:

I welcome enquiries from prospective Honours and RHD students wishing to work on projects related to my research interests, including the correspondence of Cornelius Fronto; the imperial books of Cassius Dio's Roman History; the Antonine and Severan emperors; the transformation of the Roman army and administration from the Severans to Constantine; coins, inscriptions and Roman imperial ideology; the senatorial and equestrian orders in Roman government.
For details of RHD supervision, please refer to my UQ Researchers profile.

Other Activities and Service:

I have organized Classical Languages outreach events for high school students in 2011 and 2012. These featured sessions on Latin inscriptions, Roman coins, manuscripts, and selected works of Latin and Greek literature (in the original and in translation), as well as historical topics. We can tailor these days for students with knowledge of Latin and Greek, or provide an introduction to these languages for the beginners (e.g. the alphabet, basic terminology, famous words, English etymology). If any teachers are interested in us arranging such events for their students at UQ, please feel free to contact me at c.davenport@uq.edu.au.
  • Co-editor of Quadrivia, the School Newsletter
  • Member of the British School at Rome (BSR)
  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (SPRS)
  • Member of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)
  • Member of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS)
  • Member of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA)
  • Member of the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies (AABS)

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