Prof. Dr. Gavin Kelly


  • Lateinische Literatur und Textforschung
  • Römische Geschichte der Spätantike

Gavin Kelly studierte Classics in Cambridge und Oxford. Danach war er Research Fellow in Peterhouse, Cambridge, und an der Universität Manchester, ehe er 2005 als Lecturer für lateinische Literatur an die Universität Edinburgh wechselte. Seit 2016 hat er in Edinburgh einen Personal Chair für lateinische Literatur und römische Geschichte inne. Von 2016 bis 2019 war er Head des Departments für Classics.

Seine Forschung gilt der Literatur und Geschichte des Römischen Reiches vom 1. bis zum 6. Jahrhundert, mit einem besonderen Schwerpunkt auf dem 4. und 5. Jahrhundert. Er interessiert sich besonders für Literaturgattungen, die von historischem Interesse sind - wie Geschichtsschreibung, Briefe, Panegyrik und Gelegenheitsdichtung - und für die Geschichte, die sich aus Textzeugnissen gewinnen lässt. Sein derzeitiges Großprojekt ist eine neue Übersetzung und kritische Ausgabe von Ammianus Marcellinus. Für das akademische Jahr 2023-2024 ist er als Senior Fellow beim AntCoCo-Projekt in Bamberg.

Ausbildung und Werdegang

  • 1996 BA in Classics, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
  • 1998 MPhil in griechischer und/oder römischer Geschichte, Magdalen College, Oxford
  • 2002 DPhil in Classics, Magdalen College, Oxford
  • 2000-2004 Forschungsstipendiat, Peterhouse, Cambridge
  • 2004-2005 Forschungsstipendiat, Universität von Manchester
  • 2005-2016 Lector, Senior Lecturer, Reader in Lateinischer Literatur, Universität Edinburgh
  • 2016- Professor für lateinische Literatur und römische Geschichte, Universität Edinburgh

Stipendien und Auszeichnungen

  • 1996 Chancellor's Medal for Proficiency in Classical Learning, Hallam Prize, Schuldham Plate, Cambridge
  • 1996-2000 HRB/AHRB-Stipendien für Master- und Doktoratsstudium
  • 2010-2011 Stipendium, National Humanities Center
  • 2013-2014 Mid-Career-Stipendium der Britischen Akademie
  • 2014 Gaststipendium, All Souls College, Oxford
  • 2014-2015 American Council of Learned Societies-Stipendium
  • 2014-2016 PI BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant 'Prolegomena to Sidonius Apollinaris'
  • 2014-2017 PI Leverhulme International Network 'Sidonius Apollinaris for the 21st Century'
  • 2015-2016 Alexander von Humboldt-Stipendium, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • 2020-2021 DFG-Stipendium, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.
  • 2021 Gastprofessur, Università degli studi di Pisa


a) Monographien

  • Ammianus Marcellinus: The Allusive Historian (Cambridge, 2008).
  • The Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris, jointly edited with Joop van Waarden (Edinburgh, 2020)
  • New Approaches to Sidonius Apollinaris, jointly edited with Joop van Waarden (Peeters, 2013)
  • Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity, jointly edited with Lucy Grig (Oxford UP: New York, 2012)

b) Aufsätze, Buchkapitel etc.

  •  ‘Philological and historical notes on Ammianus Marcellinus’, in N.E. Lenski, R.D. Rees, and O. van Nijf (eds) From East to West in Late Antiquity: Essays in honour of Jan Willem Drijvers (Bari, in press 2024) [6000 words].
  •  ‘Editorial note’, in Alan Cameron, Historical Studies in Late Roman Art and Archaeology (Leuven, in press 2023), xiii-xv. [I also prepared this volume for the press]
  • ‘Ammianus Marcellinus, Speeches, and Rhetoric’, in L. Van Hoof and M. Conterno (eds), Rhetoric and Historiography: Exploring, Transgressing and Policing Generic Boundaries in Late Antiquity (Leuven, in press 2023), 181-202.
  • ‘Accursius’ Ammianus Marcellinus (1533): the editio princeps of books 27-31’, in S. Rocchi and S. Andronio (eds) Mariangelo Accursio tra l’Italia e l’Europa (Rome, in press 2023), 67-88.
  • ‘Periodisations’, in R.K. Gibson and C.L. Whitton (eds), The Cambridge Critical Guide to Latin Literature (Cambridge, in press 2023), 79-157.
  • ‘Why We Need a New Edition of Ammianus Marcellinus’, in M. Hanaghan and D. Woods (eds), Ammianus Marcellinus: From Soldier to Author (Leiden, 2023 [2022]), 19-58.
  • ‘Titles and Paratexts in the Collection of Sidonius’ Poems’, in A. Bruzzone and A. Fo (eds) Metamorfosi del classico in età romanobarbarica (Florence, 2021 [2022]), 77-97.
  •  ‘Rutilius Namatianus, Melania the Younger, and the Monks of Capraria’, in W.V. Harris and A. Hunnell Chen (eds), Late Antique Studies in Memory of Alan Cameron (Leiden, 2021), 66-84.
  •  ‘Sidonius as a Reader of Rutilius Namatianus, Invigilata Lucernis 42 (2020 [2021]), 151-161 [= R. Valenti and C. Longobardi (eds) Dissona nexio: Rotte del sapere tra storia e futuro per Marisa Squillante].
  • ‘Introduction’, jointly with J.A. van Waarden, in G. Kelly and J. van Waarden, Edinburgh Companion to Sidonius Apollinaris (Edinburgh, 2020), 1-9.
  •  ‘Dating the Works of Sidonius’, ibidem, 166-195.
  • ‘Sidonius’ Prose Rhythm’, jointly with J.A. van Waarden, ibidem, 462-475.
  • ‘Epilogue: Future Approaches to Sidonius’, jointly with J.A. van Waarden, ibidem, 730-736.
  • ‘The Astrologer, the Eunuch, and the Emperor’, Revue des Études Tardo-antiques suppl. 5 (2018), 241-251 [= E. Amato, P. De Cicco and T. Moreau (eds), Canistrum ficis plenum. Hommages à Bertrand Lançon].
  • ‘Ammianus, Valens, and Antioch’, in S.-P. Bergjan and S. Elm (eds), Antioch II: The Many Faces of Antioch: Intellectual Exchange and Religious Diversity (CE 350-450) (Tübingen, 2018), 147-172.
  • ‘Edward Gibbon and Late Antique Literature’, in S. McGill and E. Watts (eds) Blackwell Companion to Late Antique Literature (Oxford, 2018), 611-626.
  •  ‘From Martial to Juvenal: Epigrams 12.18’, in A. König and C.L. Whitton (eds), Roman Literature under Nerva, Trajan, and Hadrian: Literary Interactions AD 96-138 (Cambridge, 2018), 160-179.
  • ‘The Hersfeldensis and the Fuldensis of Ammianus Marcellinus: A Reconsideration’, jointly with J.A. Stover, Cambridge Classical Journal 62 (2016), 108-129.
  • ‘Claudian’s Last Panegyric and Imperial Visits to Rome’, Classical Quarterly 66 (2016), 336-357.
  • ‘The First Book of Symmachus’ Letters as an Independent Collection’, in P.F. Moretti, R. Ricci, and C. Torre (eds) Culture and Literature in Latin Late Antiquity. Continuities and Discontinuities (Brepols: Turnhout, 2015 [2016]), 197-220.
  • ‘Ammianus’ Greek Accent’, Talanta 45 (2013 [in fact 2015]), 67-79 [special issue edited by M.-P. García Ruiz and A. Quiroga Puertas (eds), Linguistic and Cultural Alterity in the Roman Empire].
  • ‘The Political Crisis of AD 375/376’, Chiron 43 (2013), 357-409.
  • ‘Pliny and Symmachus’, Arethusa 46.2 (2013), 261-287 [special issue edited by B. Gibson and R. Rees, Pliny the Younger in Late Antiquity].
  • ‘Sidonius and Claudian’, in J. van Waarden and G. Kelly, New Approaches to Sidonius Apollinaris (Leuven, 2013), 171-191.
  •  ‘Introduction: from Rome to Constantinople’, jointly with L. Grig, in L. Grig and G. Kelly, Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity (New York, 2012), 3-30.
  • ‘Claudian and Constantinople’, ibidem, 241-65.
  •  ‘Ammianus Marcellinus’, Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classical Studies (Oxford University Press: New York, 2011, revised and updated 2015, new revision to be completed 2023) [Online Bibliography, 11,500 words].
  •  ‘The Roman World of Festus’ Breviarium’, in C. Kelly, R. Flower, and M.S. Williams (eds), Unclassical Traditions: Alternatives to the Classical Past in Late Antiquity (Cambridge, 2010), 72-89.
  • ‘Ammianus Marcellinus: Tacitus’ Heir and Gibbon’s Guide’, in A. Feldherr (ed.), Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians (Cambridge UP, 2009), 348-361.
  • ‘Adrien de Valois and the Chapter Headings in Ammianus Marcellinus’, Classical Philology 104 (2009), 233-242.
  •  ‘The Sphragis and Closure of the Res Gestae’, in J. den Boeft, J.W. Drijvers, D. den Hengst and H.C. Teitler (eds), Ammianus after Julian: The Reign of Valentinian and Valens in Books 26-31 of the Res Gestae (Leiden, 2007), 219-241.
  • ‘To Forge Their Tongues to Grander Styles: Ammianus’ Epilogue’, in J. Marincola (ed.), A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (Oxford, 2007), 474-480 [A much shorter, earlier version of the above].
  • ‘Constantius II, Julian, and the Example of Marcus Aurelius: Ammianus Marcellinus XXI, 16, 11-12’, Latomus 64 (2005), 409-416.
  • ‘Ammianus and the Great Tsunami’, Journal of Roman Studies 94 (2004), 141-167.
  • ‘The New Rome and the Old: Ammianus Marcellinus’ Silences on Constantinople’, Classical Quarterly 53 (2003), 588-607.