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Dr Christopher Burden-Strevens

Lecturer in Ancient History


Office: Cornwallis North West 154

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10.00-12.00


Christopher recently joined Kent as Lecturer in Ancient History, with a particular research and teaching focus on Republican Roman history and Greek intellectual culture in the Imperial period. 

For his undergraduate M.A. Christopher read Latin & Greek with French at the University of Glasgow (2012), where he was awarded the Coulter Prize for the best undergraduate dissertation in the Arts & Humanities cohort, alongside other awards. After this he joined the European Research Council’s Fragments of the Republican Roman Orators project as one of its funded Ph.D. students—again at Glasgow—where he completed his doctorate in 2015 on the role of oratory and public debate in the fall of the Roman Republic and its presentation in Greek sources.

After receiving his doctorate Christopher worked first as a Teaching Fellow in Classics at the University of Glasgow and then as Lecturer in Roman History at Durham University, where he won an exceptional service award. As a native of Kent (Ramsgate—Margate) recently returned to the county, Christopher is especially passionate about public engagement in the local area and welcomes contact with local schools and outreach initiatives.

Finally, outside of his teaching work at the university Christopher is currently a member of two international research collaborations. The first of these, the Fragments of the Republican Roman Orators project, seeks to edit and translate fragments and testimonies of hundreds of Republican speeches otherwise lost to us, from Cato to Cicero. Additionally, Christopher contributes to the Cassius Dio—Between History and Politics network, a two-year programme of research which is re-evaluating Cassius Dio’s importance as an historical source, literary artist, and eyewitness to cultural and political life in the Severan Age. He is currently co-editing a volume of collected papers on the Greek historiography of Early Rome (Cassius Dio’s Forgotten History of Early Rome) as well as preparing a monograph on the fall of the Republic (Cassius Dio’s Speeches & the Crisis of the Roman Republic).

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Edited book
Burden-Strevens, C.W. and Lindholmer, M.O. eds. (2018). Cassius Dio's Forgotten History of Early Rome. [Online]. Leiden & Boston: Brill. Available at:
Book section
Burden-Strevens, C. (2018). 'Introduction'. in: Burden-Strevens, C. W. and Lindholmer, M. O. eds. Cassius Dio's Forgotten History of Early Rome. Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 1-23. Available at:
Burden-Strevens, C. (2017). Reconstructing Republican Oratory in Cassius Dio's Roman History. in: Steel, C. E. W. et al. eds. Reading Republican Oratory: Reconstructions, Contexts, Receptions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 117-143.
Burden-Strevens, C. (2016). Fictitious speeches, envy, and the habituation to authority: writing the collapse of the Roman Republic. in: Lange, C. H. and Madsen, J. M. eds. Cassius Dio: Greek Intellectual and Roman Politician. Leiden: Brill, pp. 193-216.
Burden-Strevens, C. (2015). Ein völlig romanisierter Mann? Identity, Identification, and Integration in the Roman History of Cassius Dio and in Arrian. in: Roselaar, S. ed. Processes of Cultural Change and Integration in the Roman World. Leiden: Brill, pp. 287-306.
Burden-Strevens, C. (2016). Review Discussion: Historical Knowledge and Historiographical Narratives in the Severan Period. Histos [Online] 10:9-18. Available at:
Burden-Strevens, C. (2015). Cassius Dio's Speeches and the Collapse of the Roman Republic.
Burden-Strevens, C. (2019). The Republican Dictatorship: an Imperial Perspective. in: Cassius Dio and the Late Republic. Brill Academic Publishers.
Burden-Strevens, C. (2018). From Republic to Principate. The Classical Review [Online] 69:1-5. Available at:
Burden-Strevens, C. (2018). A Study of Cassius Dio: Fifty Years On. The Classical Review [Online] 69:1-5. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 10 [See all in KAR]
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Christopher teaches Republican Roman history, Greek and Roman historiography, Latin and Ancient Greek, and the city of Rome (as part of Kent’s taught MA in Rome programme).

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Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 16/10/2018