Francis Cairns Publications

ROBIN SEAGER


Robin Seager was born in Plymouth in 1940 and educated at Devonport High School and Lincoln and Oriel Colleges, Oxford.   He spent his entire academic career as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Hon. Senior Fellow in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Liverpool.   During this time he also held visiting positions as Lecturer in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Research Fellow in the University of New England, Armidale NSW, and Langford Professor in the Florida State University, Tallahassee.

His principal fields of research have been the history and literature of fifth and fourth century BC Athens, the history and literature of the later Roman republic and the early principate, and the fourth century AD, with particular reference to Ammianus Marcellinus.  

Robin Seager’s impact as General Editor of ARCA is particularly visible in the imprint’s numerous important works on late Roman and early Byzantine history.


PUBLICATIONS

Books and Pamphlets  │  Contributions to Books  │  Journal Articles (Greek)  │  Journal Articles (Roman)  │  Reviews


Books and Pamphlets

1. M. Gelzer, The Roman Nobility (Oxford, Blackwell, 1969, pb 1975), 164 pp. (translation, introduction and additional notes).

2. The Crisis of the Roman Republic (Cambridge, Heffer, 1969, pb 1969), 218 pp. (edited with an introduction).

3. Plutarch, Fall of the Roman Republic (Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1972), 361 pp. (introductions and notes).

4. Tiberius (London / Berkeley, Eyre Methuen / U. of California, 1972), 300 pp.

5. Pompey, a Political Biography (Oxford, Blackwell, 1979, pb 1981), 209 pp.

6. Ammianus Marcellinus, Seven Studies in his Language and Thought (Columbia MO, U. of Missouri, 1986), 162 pp.

7. Pompey the Great (Oxford, Blackwell, 2002, pb 2002), 269 pp. (revised and expanded edition of no. 5).

8. Tiberius (Oxford, Blackwell, 2004, pb 2004), 310 pp. (revised and expanded edition of no. 4).

9. Plutarch, Fall of the Roman Republic (London, Penguin, 2005), 414 pp. (revised and expanded edition of no. 3).

10. 'The Domination of Pompeius'? (Wellington, Victoria University, 2010: the Eleventh Syme Memorial Lecture), 21 pp.


Contributions to Books

1. The Tribunate of Cornelius: some Ramifications: in Bibauw ed., Hommages à Marcel Renard II (Brussels, Collection Latomus, 1969) 680-6.

2. Elitism and Democracy in Classical Athens: in Jaher ed., The Rich, the Wellborn and the Powerful (Urbana, IL, U. of Illinois, 1973) 7-26.

3. Lysias gegen die Getreidehändler: in Anastassiou-Irmer ed., Kleinere attische Redner (Darmstadt, Wiss. Buchgesell., 1977) 242-263.

4. The Digest of Justinian, ed. Mommsen-Krueger-Watson, Philadelphia, U. of Pennsylvania, 1985: translation of book 33.

5. Horace and Augustus: Poetry and Policy: in Rudd ed., Horace 2000, a Celebration (London, Duckworth, 1993) 23-40.

6. The Corinthian War: in Cambridge Ancient History2 VI, 1994, 97-119.

7. The King's Peace and the Second Athenian Confederacy: in ibid. 156-186.

8. Sulla: in Cambridge Ancient History2 IX, 1994, 165-207.

9. The Rise of Pompey: in ibid. 208-228.

10. (Quondam) Soldiers and (Quondam) Greeks: Ammianus and Libanius on Julian: in Hillard, Kearsley, Nixon, Nobbs (eds.), Ancient History in a Modern University 2: Early Christianity, Late Antiquity and Beyond (Grand Rapids MI, Eerdmans, 1998) 280-93.

11. Maiestas in the Late Republic: some Observations: in Cairns, Robinson (eds.), Critical Studies in Ancient Law, Comparative Law and Legal History: Essays in Honour of Alan Watson (Oxford, Hart, 2001) 143-153.

12. Caesar and Gaul: some Perspectives on the Bellum Gallicum: in Cairns, Fantham (eds.), Caesar against Liberty? (Cambridge, Arca, 2003) 19-34.

13. Notes on Ammianus Marcellinus XVIII: in Sekunda (ed.), Corolla Cosmo Rodewald (Gdansk, PUB, 2007) 173-7.

14. Ciceronian Invective: Themes and Variations: in Booth (ed.), Cicero on the Attack (Swansea, CPW, 2007) 25-46.

15. Rome and Persia 357-9: the Role of Tamsapor: in Kraus, Marincola, Pelling (eds.), Ancient Historiography and its Contexts (Oxford, OUP, 2010) 155-62.

16. Cicero and the 'False Dilemma': in Smith, Covino (eds.), Praise and Blame in Roman Republican Rhetoric (Swansea, CPW, 2011) 99-109.

17. Paene omnium vitiorum expers, nisi...: Velleius on Pompey: in Cowan (ed.), Velleius Paterculus (Swansea, CPW, 2011) 287-307.

18. Perceptions of the domus Augusta, A.D. 4-24: in Gibson (ed.), The Julio-Claudian Succession (Leiden, Brill, 2013) 41-57.

19. Polybius' Distortions of the Roman 'Constitution': a Simpl(istic) Explanation: in Gibson, Harrison (eds.), Polybius and his World (Oxford, OUP, 2013) 247-54.

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Journal Articles (Greek Subjects)

1. Athenaion Politeia 22.4 (CR 76, 1962, 201-2).

2. Herodotus and Ath.Pol. on the Dating of Cleisthenes' Reforms (AJP 84, 1963, 287-9).

3. The Phaselis Decree: a Note (Historia 15, 1966, 509-10).

4. Lysias against the Corndealers (Historia 15, 1966, 172-84).

5. Alcibiades and the Charge of Aiming at Tyranny (Historia 16, 1967, 6-18).

6. Thrasybulus, Conon and Athenian Imperialism (JHS 87, 1967, 95- 115).

7. The Authorship of the Trapeziticus (CR 81, 1967, 134-6).

8. The Congress Decree: some Doubts and a Hypothesis (Historia 18, 1969, 129-41).

9. The King's Peace and the Balance of Power in Greece 386-362 B.C. (Athen. 52, 1974, 36-63).

10. The Murder of King Hippoclus of Chios (LCM 1, 1976, 36-8).

11. After the Peace of Nicias: Diplomacy and Policy 421-416 B.C. (CQ 70, 1976, 229-49).

12. Agesilaus in Asia: Propaganda and Objectives (LCM 2, 1977, 183-4).

13. Notes on the Tradition concerning the 'Peace of Callias' (LCM 3, 1978, 43-4).

14. Andocides' Confession: a Dubious Note (Historia 27, 1978, 221-3).

15. The Freedom of the Greeks of Asia: on the Origins of a Concept and the Creation of a Slogan (with C. Tuplin) (JHS 100, 1980, 141-54).

16. The Freedom of the Greeks of Asia: from Alexander to Antiochus (CQ 95, 1981, 106-12).

17. Notes on Aristophanes (CQ 95, 1981, 244-51).

18. Aristophanes Thes. 493-496 and the Comic Possibilities of Garlic (Philol. 127, 1983, 139-42).

19. Aristophanes Ecclesiazusae 615-625, 718-720 (LCM 10, 1985, 121).

20. Xenophon and Athenian Democratic Ideology (CQ 115, 2001, 385- 97).

21. Individual Rivalries in Plutarch's Late Republican Lives (PLLS 13, 2008, 315-64).

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Journal Articles (Roman Subjects)

1. Tacitus Annals 12.60 (Historia 11, 1962, 377-9).

2. The First Catilinarian Conspiracy (Historia 13, 1964, 338-47).

3. Clodius, Pompeius and the Exile of Cicero (Latomus 24, 1965, 519-31).

4. Of Vis and Weeds: D. 19.2.15.2 and 19.2.19.1 (SDHI 31, 1965, 330-3).

5. Cicero Brutus 136 (CR 81, 1967, 12-3).

6. The Date of Saturninus' Murder (CR 81, 1967, 9-10).

7. Lex Varia de Maiestate (Historia 16, 1967, 37-43).

8. D.34.2.39.2 (SDHI 35, 1969, 373-4).

9. Two Urban Praetors in Valerius Maximus (CR 84, 1970, 11).

10. Factio: some Observations (JRS 62, 1972, 53-8).

11. Cicero and the Word Popularis (CQ 66, 1972, 328-38).

12. Valerius Maximus 7.7.7: Addendum (CR 86, 1972, 314).

13. Iusta Catilinae (Historia 22, 1973, 240-8).

14. Venustus, lepidus, bellus, salsus: Notes on the Language of Catullus (Latomus 33, 1974, 891-4).

15. L. Domitius Ahenobarbus and Cicero's Election to the Consulship (LCM 1, 1976, 46).

16. Horace Odes 1.29 as a Propempticon (LCM 1, 1976, 65-70).

17. The Return of the Standards in 20 B.C. (LCM 2, 1977, 201-2).

18. Factio in Ammianus Marcellinus (LCM 2, 1977, 233-4).

19. Populares in Livy and the Livian Tradition (CQ 71, 1977, 377- 90).

20. Amicitia in Tacitus and Juvenal (AJAH 2, 1977, 40-50).

21. Horace Odes 1.17.24-28 (LCM 3, 1978, 201-2).

22. Digest 33.9.4.6 (LCM 4, 1979, 121-2).

23. Two Disparate Notes: (1) Crassus, Ptolemy Auletes and Ennius' Medea (2) Digest 34.5.13(14).3 (LCM 5, 1980, 89-90).

24. Of Sticking Water (Cicero QF 2.6.2) (LCM 5, 1980, 133-5).

25. Neu sinas Medos equitare inultos: Horace, the Parthians and Augustan Foreign Policy (Athen. 58, 1980, 103-18).

26. Aqua araneae non haeret: a Postscript on Cicero QF 2.6.2 (LCM 5, 1980, 185).

27. Luxorius 82 (LCM 6, 1981, 187).

28. The Political Significance of Cicero's pro Roscio (LCM 7, 1982, 10-2).

29. Two Notes: 1. Horace Odes 1.17; 2. Statius Silvae 5.2 (LCM 8, 1983, 51-3).

30. Some Imperial Virtues in the Latin Prose Panegyrics (PLLS 4, 1983, 129-65).

31. Vt dux cunctator et tutus: the Caution of Valentinian (Ammianus 27.10) (PLLS 9, 1996, 191-6).

32. Ammianus and the Status of Armenia in the Peace of 363 (Chiron 26, 1996, 275-284).

33. Perceptions of Eastern Frontier Policy in Ammianus, Libanius and Julian (337-363) (CQ 91, 1997, 253-68).

34. Repetundae, Maiestas and Cruelty in Cicero's Verrines (Ancient History 27, 1997, 1-5).

35. Ammianus, Theodosius and Sallust's Jugurtha (Histos 1, 1997: www.dur.ac.uk/Classics/histos).

36. Roman Policy on the Rhine and the Danube in Ammianus (CQ 93, 1999, 579-605).

37. Tacitus Annals 1.7.1-5 (CQ 96, 2002, 627-9).

38. The Eminent Bard and the Soldierly Greek: Refractions between Virgil and Ammianus (Proc.Virg.Soc. 25, 2004, 147-60).

39. The Guilt or Innocence of Sex. Roscius (Athenaeum 95, 2007, 895-910).

40. Domitianic Themes in Statius' Silvae (PLLS 14, 2010, 341-74).

41. The (Re/De)Construction of Clodius in Cicero's Speeches (CQ 64, 2014, 226-40).

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Reviews

1. K. Bringmann, Studien zu den politischen Ideen des Isokrates (CR 80, 1966, 405).

2. R. Bogaert, Les origines antiques de la banque de dépôt (CR 81, 1967, 377-9).

3. R. E. Smith, Cicero the statesman (Latomus 26, 1967, 539-40).

4. J. P. V. D. Balsdon, Julius Caesar and Rome (JRS 58, 1968, 259-60).

5. R. Combès, Imperator (JRS 58, 1968, 260-1).

6. H. Haffter, Römische Politik und römische Politiker (JRS 58, 1968, 303-4).

7. A. Watson, The law of persons in the later Roman republic (JRS 58, 1968, 268).

8. D. Earl, The moral and political tradition of Rome (JRS 59, 1969, 285-6).

9. R. Frei-Stolba, Untersuchungen zu den Wahlen in der römischen Kaiserzeit (JRS 59, 1969, 285-6).

10. P. Grimal, Etudes de chronologie cicéronienne (JRS 59, 1969, 309-10).

11. E. Wistrand, Sallust on judicial murders in Rome (JRS 59, 1969, 310-11).

12. M. Gelzer, Cicero und Caesar (JRS 60, 1970, 213-4).

13. D. Stockton, Cicero (JRS 61, 1971, 273-4).

14. H. Rädle, Untersuchungen zum griechischen Freilassungswesen (CR 86, 1972, 129-30).

15. P. A. Brunt, Social conflicts in the Roman republic (JRS 62, 1972, 182).

16. A. Birley, Septimius Severus (History 58, 1973, 256).

17. A. H. M. Jones, The criminal courts of the Roman republic and principate (JRS 63, 1973, 312).

18. A. U. Stylow, Libertas und liberalitas (JRS 63, 1973, 256).

19. J. Bleicken, Staatliche Ordnung und Freiheit in der römischen Republik (JRS 64, 1974, 222).

20. A. R. W. Harrison, The law of Athens II, procedure (JHS 95, 1975, 246).

21. R. M. Errington, The dawn of empire (CR 89, 1975, 94-6).

22. P. A. L. Greenhalgh, The year of the four emperors (TLS 3831, 15/8/75, 919).

23. M. Grant, The twelve Caesars (TLS 3841, 24/10/75, 1271).

24. F. Adcock - D. Mosley, Diplomacy in ancient Greece (JHS 96, 1976, 223).

25. R. A. Bauman, Impietas in principem (JRS 66, 1976, 230-1).

26. P. Petit, Pax Romana (TLS 3901, 17/12/76, 1592).

27. E. Gabba, Republican Rome, the army and the allies (TLS 3947, 18/11/77, 1361).

28. D. Hennig, L. Aelius Seianus (JRS 67, 1977, 185).

29. J. Lucas, Les obsessions de Tacite (CR 91, 1977, 35-6).

30. B. H. Warmington, Suetonius Nero (LCM 2, 1977, 239-40).

31. A. M. Ward, Marcus Crassus and the late Roman republic (TLS 3973, 26/5/78, 575).

32. J. Leach, Pompey the great (LCM 3, 1978, 233-7).

33. M. Crawford, The Roman republic (TLS 3996, 3/11/78, 1283).

34. P. McGushin, C. Sallustius Crispus, Bellum Catilinae: a commentary (JRS 68, 1978, 228-9).

35. A. J. Woodman, Velleius Paterculus, the Tiberian narrative (JRS 68, 1978, 229-30).

36. B. Levick, Tiberius the poliician (CR 92, 1978, 317-9).

37. A. D. Heinrichs, Sejan und das Schicksal Roms (CR 93, 1979, 179-80).

38. J. Bleicken - C. Meier - H. Strasburger, Matthias Gelzer und die römische Geschichte (CR 93, 1979, 193-4).

39. Catching up: Rome (TLS 4007, 11/1/80, 44).

40. E. Wistrand, Caesar and contemporary Roman society (CR 94, 1980, 300-1).

41. D. Bowder, Who was who in the Roman world (TLS 4077, 22/5/81, 578).

42. M. L. Clarke, The noblest Roman (TLS 4079, 5/6/81, 643).

43. M. Pani, Tendenze politiche della successione al principato di Augusto (JRS 71, 1981, 230).

44. R. Blockley, Ammianus Marcellinus, a selection (LCM 7, 1982, 44).

45. B. D. MacQueen, Plato's Republic in the monographs of Sallust (LCM 7, 1982, 58-9).

46. C. Meier, Die Entstehung des Politischen bei den Griechen (JHS 102, 1982, 266-7).

47. N. Loraux, L'invention d'Athènes (JHS 102, 1982, 267-8).

48. D. Kagan, The peace of Nicias and the Sicilian expedition (TLS 4134, 25/6/82, 703).

49. N. Rouland, Pouvoir politique et dépendance personnelle dans l'antiquité romaine (JRS 72, 1982, 183-4).

50. A. Keaveney, Sulla, the last republican (TLS 4207, 18/11/83, 1285).

51. M. Crawford, Sources for ancient history (TLS 4222, 2/3/84, 222).

52. C. Meier, Caesar; C. Meier, Die Ohnmacht des allmächtigen Diktators Caesar; U. Maier, Caesars Feldzüge in Gallien (58- 51 v.Chr.) in ihren Zusammenhang mit der stadtrömischen Politik; H.-M. Ottmer, Die Rubikon-Legende (JRS 74, 1984, 209-12).

53. C. W. Fornara, The nature of history in ancient Greece and Rome; W. R. Connor, Thucydides (TLS 4247, 24/8/84, 951).

54. L. Keppie, The making of the Roman army (History Today 34, 1984, 56).

55. E. Bradford, Julius Caesar: the pursuit of power (History Today 34, 1984, 56-7).

56. Y. Garlan, Les esclaves en Grèce ancienne (JHS 104, 1984, 239).

57. M. I. Finley, Politics in the ancient world (CR 99, 1985, 103-5).

58. M. Grant, The Roman emperors (TLS 4300, 30/8/85, 957).

59. J. M. Roddaz, Marcus Agrippa (CR 100, 1986, 96-8).

60. M. T. Griffin, Nero, the end of a dynasty (CR 100, 1986, 98- 100).

61. P. A. Cartledge - F. D. Harvey, Crux (LCM 11, 1986, 140-1).

62. J. Boardman - J. Griffin - O. Murray, The Oxford history of the classical world (TLS 4357, 3/10/86, 1108).

63. C. Kuntze, Zur Darstellung des Kaisers Tiberius und seine Zeit bei Velleius Paterculus (Gnomon 59, 1987, 68-9).

64. H. Grziwotz, Das Verfassungsverständnis der römischen Republik (JRS 77, 1987, 194).

65. F. Hinard, Les proscriptions de la Rome républicaine (CR 101, 1987, 248-50).

66. M. A. Levi, Augusto e il suo tempo (TLS 4383, 3/4/87, 369).

67. A. M. Eckstein, Individual decision making and Roman foreign relations 264-194 B.C.; D. F. Epstein, Personal enmity in Roman politics 218-43 B.C.; A. Keaveney, Rome and the unification of Italy (TLS 4427, 5/2/88, 145).

68. G. Binder, Saeculum Augustum I (CR 102, 1988,326-7).

69. R. Syme, The Augustan aristocracy (CR 102, 1988, 327-9).

70. M. Jehne, Der Staat des Dictators Caesar (CR 103, 1989, 84- 6).

71. C. B. R. Pelling, Plutarch, Life of Antony (CR 103, 1989, 201-2).

72. W. M. Gordon - O. F. Robinson, The Institutes of Gaius; P. Birks - G. McLeod, Justinian's Institutes (CR 103, 1989, 274-6).

73. L. A. Burckhardt, Politische Strategien der Optimaten in der späten römischen Republik (CR 104, 1990, 109-11).

74. U. Ortmann, Cicero, Brutus und Octavian (CR 104, 1990, 178- 9).

75. J. L. Moles, Plutarch, The life of Cicero (CR 104, 1990, 479- 80).

76. P. Garnsey, Famine and food-supply in the Greco-Roman world (TLS 4559, 17/8/90, 878).

77. M. Fuhrmann, Cicero und die römische Republik; C. Habicht, Cicero der Politiker (CR 105, 1991, 148-9).

78. B. Levick, Claudius (CR 105, 1991, 150-1).

79. P. A. Brunt, Roman imperial themes (CR 105, 1991, 421-2).

80. A. A. Barrett, Caligula; B. Levick, Claudius (History 76, 1991, 478-80).

81. M. Bagnall, The Punic Wars; N. S. Rosenstein, Imperatores victi (TLS 4602, 14/6/91, 31).

82. S. Squires, Asconius: Commentaries on five speeches of Cicero (CR 106, 1992, 196).

83. V. Pöschl, Der Begriff der Würde im antiken Rom und später (CR 106, 1992, 211).

84. L. Perelli, Il pensiero politico di Cicerone (CR 106, 1992, 221).

85. B. W. Jones, The emperor Domitian (TLS 4664, 21/8/92, 22).

86. R. Urban, Der Königsfrieden von 387/6 v.Chr. (CR 107, 1993, 196-7).

87. F. Hurlet, La dictature de Sylla (CR 108, 1994, 347-8).

88. R. A. Bauman, Women and politics in ancient Rome (CR 108, 1994, 358-9).

89. A. M. Bowie, Aristophanes: myth, ritual and comedy (LCM 19, 1994, 56-60).

90. C. Meier, Caesar (TLS 4828, 13/10/95, 37).

91. P. J. Rhodes, Thucydides History book III (JHS 115, 1995, 197-8).

92. L. Kallet-Marx, Money, expense and naval power in Thucydides' History I-V.24 (JHS 115, 1995, 215).

93. J. Spielvogel, Amicitia und res publica (Gnomon 68, 1996, 276-7).

94. D. Shotter, The fall of the Roman republic (CR 111, 1996, 185).

95. K. Christ, Caesar: Annäherungen an einen Diktator (JRS 86, 1996, 207f.).

96. J. Den Boeft, J. W. Drijvers, D. Den Hengst, H. C. Teitler, Philological and historical commentary on Ammianus Marcellinus XXII (CR 112, 1997, 60ff.).

97. A. Drummond, Law, politics and power. Sallust and the execution of the Catilinarian conspirators (Histos 1997 online).

98. W. Pohl (ed.), Kingdoms of the empire (BMCR 9, 1998, 371-3).

99. P. MacKendrick, The speeches of Cicero (LCM 20, 1995 (pub. 1998), 57-61).

100. M. Elefante, Velleius Paterculus Ad M. Vinicium Consulem Libri Duo (JRS 88, 1998, 197-8).

101. S. Hornblower, A commentary on Thucydides volume II books IV-V.24 (JHS 119, 1999, 205).

102. T. D. Barnes, Ammianus Marcellinus and the representation of historical reality (BMCR 10, 1999, online).

103. A. Brandt, Moralische Werte in den Res Gestae des Ammianus Marcellinus (CR 115, 2000, 87-9).

104. J. Den Boeft, J. W. Drijvers, D. Den Hengst, H. C. Teitler (edd.), Philological and Historical Commentary on Ammianus Marcellinus XXIII (CR 115, 2000, 464-6.

105. G. Sabbah, Ammien Marcellin Histoire Tome VI Livres xxix- xxxi (CR 116, 2001, 56-8).

106. F. Wittchow, Exemplarisches Erzählen bei Ammianus Marcellinus (CR 118, 2003, 110-12).

107. N. Lenski, Failure of empire (CR 119, 2004, 192-5).

108. G. E. M. De Ste Croix, Athenian democratic origins (CB 81, 2005, 77-9).

109. A. Powell, K. Welch (edd.), Sextus Pompeius (CR 120, 2005, 620-1).

110. A. Bell, Spectacular power in the Greek and Roman city (CR 121, 2006, 161-2).

111. J. Carlsen, The rise and fall of a Roman noble family (BMCR 2006, online).

112. R. M. Errington, Roman imperial policy from Julian to Theodosius (BMCR 2006, online).

113. A. Kamm, Julius Caesar (BMCR 2007, online).

114. L. Canfora, Julius Caesar: the People's Dictator (BMCR 2007, online).

115. A. W. Lintott, Cicero as Evidence (JRS 99, 2009, 225-7).

116. J. den Boeft et al., Philological and Historical Commentary on Ammianus Marcellinus XXVII (ExClass 15, 2011, 437-40).

117. K. Weggen, Der lange Schatten von Carrhae: Studien zu M. Licinius Crassus (JRS 103, 2013, 273-4).



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