Francis Cairns Publications

Arca 53. Justinian's Balkan Wars

Francis Cairns (Publications) was established in 1976. Our main area of activity is in ancient Classics, with over 60 titles published to date on Greek and Latin language and literature, and on Greek and Roman history and historiography.

Our back list also includes titles on Hispanic and French literature, and a single book on economic history.

Ancient Biography: Identity through Lives

Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar, Volume 17, 2018

Edited by Francis Cairns and Trevor Luke

ISBN 9780995461215. Hard cover. xvi+310 pp.

 Arca (Classical and  Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs) 55

Published May 15, 2018


Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar
Volume 16, 2016

Greek and Roman Poetry; The Elder Pliny

Edited by Francis Cairns and Roy Gibson

ISBN 9780905205595. Hard cover. vi+337 pp.

 Arca (Classical and  Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs) 54

Published  May 2016


Alexander Sarantis

Justinian’s Balkan Wars

Campaigning, Diplomacy and Development in Illyricum,
Thrace and the Northern World A.D. 527-65

ISBN 978-0-905205-58-8. Hard cover. xxviii+500pp, 13 maps, 20 plates.

Arca (Classical and Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs) 53

Published  January 2016

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A Pandemic from the Past: Fracastoro’s Syphilis
An early sixteenth-century Italian doctor and poet writes in scientific, philosophical, and literary and  terms about a devastating new disease sweeping Europe from across the Atlantic. The poem is in Latin, with facing translation, introduction and commentary. This edition, first published (1984) early in the HIV/Aids epidemic, is (alas) once more of topical interest.