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Benjamin Kelly

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Department of History

Associate Professor

Office: Vari Hall, 2134
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 30415
Email: benkelly@yorku.ca

Degrees

DPhil, University of Oxford (Oct. 1999-Jan. 2003)
BA, University of Sydney (Feb. 1995-Nov.1998)

Research Interests

Classics , History, Law, crime and policing in the Roman Republic and Principate, the history of Graeco-Roman Egypt, the Roman imperial court

Current Research Projects

The Roman Imperial Court: Methods, Models, and Materials

    Summary:

    This project is funded by a five-year Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Its major outputs will be two edited volumes: The Roman Emperor and his Court, ca. 30 BC - ca. AD 300. Volume 1: Historical Essays and The Roman Emperor and his Court, ca. 30 BC - ca. AD 300. Volume 2: A Sourcebook. These volumes are under contract with Cambridge University Press.

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    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Grant
State Capacity in Roman Egypt: A Quantitative Approach

    Summary:

    The objective of this project is to develop quantitative methods to measure temporal variations in ‘state capacity’ in Roman Egypt from ca. 30 BC to ca. AD 300. ‘State capacity’ refers to a state’s ability to implement its official goals. The study will focus on three datasets relevant to these goals: edicts and letters issued by the provincial governor; petitions to judicial authorities; and poll‐tax receipts.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Collaborator: Cornelius Christian
    Collaborator Institution: Department of Economics, Brock University
    Funders:
    LA&PS Minor Research Grant
Books

Publication
Year

Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt. 2011, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Pp. xix + 427)

2011

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

'Petitions with Requests for Registration from Roman Egypt', in Haensch, R. (ed.) . Recht haben und Recht bekommen im Imperium Romanum: Das Gerichtswesen der Römischen Kaiserzeit und seine dokumentarische Evidenz. 2016, Warsaw: Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 24. 407-456.

2016

'Repression, Resistance, and Rebellion', in Ando, C., du Plessis, P., & Tuori, K. (eds.) . The Oxford Handbook of Roman Law and Society. 2016, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 374-385.

2016

'Crime, Law, and Order', in Gibbs, M. Nikolic, M. & Ripat, P. (eds.) . Themes in Roman Society and Culture: An Introduction to Ancient Rome. 2014, Toronto: Oxford University Press (Canada). 241-62.

2014

'Policing and Security', in Erdkamp, P. (ed.) . The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome. 2013, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 410-24.

2014

'The Law that Catulus Passed’, in Welch, K.E. & Hillard, T.W. (eds.) . Roman Crossings: Theory and Practice in the Roman Republic. 2005, Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales. 97-120.

2005

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Review of Potter, D. The Origin of Empire: Rome from the Republic to Hadrian in Ancient History Bulletin Online Reviews 9 (2019), 110-111.

2019

Review of Ricci, C. Security in Roman Times: Rome, Italy and the Emperors in Phoenix 72.1-2 (2018), 183-185

2019

Review of Waterfield, R. Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece in Classical Review 65.2 (2015), 615-16.

2015

Review of Capponi, L. Roman Egypt in Mouseion 11.3 (2011), 412-15.

2011

Review of Brélaz, C. and Ducrey, P. (eds.) Sécurité collective et ordre public dans les sociétés anciennes in Classical Review 60.2 (2010), 480-3.

2010

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

'Proving the ius liberorum: P.Oxy. XII 1467 Reconsidered,' Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 57.1 (2017), 105-35.

2017

'Control policial, represión y seguridad privada en la ciudad de Roma', Desperta Ferro: Arqueología y Historia 2 (2015), 20-25 (trans. Gustavo García Jiménez). [For a general audience.]

2015

'"When the culprits come to light ...": P.IFAO I 26, BGU III 731.ii, and P.Fay. 108', Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 59.2 (2013), 369-74.

2013

'Notes on Five Documents from the Roman Period', Tyche: Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte, Papyrologie und Epigraphik 27 (2012), 224-5 (= Korr.Tyche 729-33).

2012
2010

'Dellius, the Parthian Campaign, and the Image of Mark Antony’, in Deroux, C. (ed.) Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, 14 (2008), 209-34 (= Collection Latomus, vol. 315).

2008

‘Deviant Ancient Histories: Dan Brown, Erich von Däniken and the Sociology of Historical Polemic’, Rethinking History 12.3 (2008), 361-82.

2008

‘A Late-Antique Contract in the Collection of the Australian National University Classics Museum’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 161 (2007), 207-14.

2007

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

‘Court Politics and Imperial Imagery in the Roman Principate’, in Russell, A. and Hellström, M. (eds.). The Social Dynamics of Roman Imperial Imagery. 2020, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2020

‘ “Zugang zur Justiz”: Die soziale Reichweite gerichtlicher Konfliktregulierung’, in von Mayenburg, D., Seelentag, A., Decock, W., & Collin, P. (eds.) . Geschichte der Konfliktlösung in Europa. Berlin: Springer.

2019

Approach to Teaching


Courses taught (York):
HIST 1100: Gladiators, Gods, Gigolos, and Goths: Reading Roman Society, c. 200 BCE – c.500 CE - 2015-16 [Fall/Winter]; 2016-17 [F/W]
HIST 2100: Ancient Greece and Rome - 2009 [W]; 2010 [W]; 2011 [W]; 2013 [W]; 2014 [W]
HIST 3131: Rome and Empire: From War to pax romana - 2007-8 [F/W]; 2008-9 [F/W]; 2010 [F]; 2012-13 [F/W]; 2013-14 [F/W]; 2016 [F]
HIST 3140: The City in the Roman World - 2009 [F]; 2018 [F]
HIST 3154: Egypt from Alexander to Cleopatra - 2010 [F]; 2014 [F]; 2017 [F]; 2018 [F]
HIST 3155: Egypt after Cleopatra: Society and Culture in a Roman Province - 2015 [W]; 2018 [W]
HIST 3990: Supervised Reading and Research - 2010 [S]; 2014 [W]
HIST 4130: Problems in Roman History (The Roman Imperial Court) - 2013-14 [F/W]; 2014-15 [F/W]; 2015-16 [F]
HIST 4132: Caesar's Palace: A Social History of the Roman Imperial Court - 2016-17 [F/W]; 2017-18 [F/W]; 2018-19 [F/W]
HIST 4140: Problems in Hellenistic History (Graeco-Roman Egypt) - 2007-8 [F/W]; 2008-9 [F/W]; 2009-10 [F/W]
HIST 4990: Supervised Reading and Research - 2013 [W]; 2014 [W]
HIST 5038: Crime and Society in the Roman World - 2009 [F]; 2010 [F]; 2013 [F]; 2015 [F]
HIST 5060/6001: Directed Readings (Cicero, Pro Caelio) - 2014 [F]
HIST 5070: Directed Readings - 2017 [F]; 2018 [F]
LA 3040/4040: Roman Philosophical Writings (Cicero, De amicitia) - 2013 [F]

LA 3060/4060: Roman Historians (Sallust, Bellum Catilinae) - 2014 [F]
LA 3070/4070: Roman Rhetoric (Cicero, Pro Caelio) - 2012 [W]
GK 2000: Intermediate Classical and Biblical Greek - 2019 [W]

Courses taught (ANU):
HIST 1019: Rome: Republic to Empire - 2003 [Semester 1]; 2004 [S1]; 2005 [S1]; 2006 [S2]; 2007 [S1]
HIST 2139: The Historical Jesus and Christian Origins - 2003 [S2]
HIST 2216/HIST 6216: Religions and Society in the Roman Empire - 2004 [S2]
HIST 2218: The City in the Roman Empire 2005 [S2]
HIST 4005: Crimes, Courts and Crucifixions: Maintaining Order in the Roman Empire - 2005 [S2]
HIST 6545: Graduate Reading Course A (Politics, War and Diplomacy in the Middle and Late Republic) - 2005 [S1]

Courses tutored (Oxford):
Mods: Tacitus and Tiberius - 2002 [Michaelmas Term]
Greats Roman 1.5: Late Republic - 2002 [MT]
Greats Roman 1.6: Julio-Claudians - 2002 [MT]
Greats Roman 1.7: Flavians - 2002 [MT]


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HIST2100 6.0 A Ancient Greece & Rome LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/GK2000 6.0 A Intermediate Classical & Biblical Greek SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HIST3154 3.0 M Egypt from Alexander to Cleopatra LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/GK2000 6.0 A Intermediate Classical & Biblical Greek SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HIST2100 6.0 A Ancient Greece & Rome LECT
Winter 2021 GS/HIST5038 3.0 M Crime and Society in the Roman World SEMR

Degrees

DPhil, University of Oxford (Oct. 1999-Jan. 2003)
BA, University of Sydney (Feb. 1995-Nov.1998)

Research Interests

Classics , History, Law, crime and policing in the Roman Republic and Principate, the history of Graeco-Roman Egypt, the Roman imperial court

Current Research Projects

The Roman Imperial Court: Methods, Models, and Materials

    Summary:

    This project is funded by a five-year Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Its major outputs will be two edited volumes: The Roman Emperor and his Court, ca. 30 BC - ca. AD 300. Volume 1: Historical Essays and The Roman Emperor and his Court, ca. 30 BC - ca. AD 300. Volume 2: A Sourcebook. These volumes are under contract with Cambridge University Press.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC Insight Grant
State Capacity in Roman Egypt: A Quantitative Approach

    Summary:

    The objective of this project is to develop quantitative methods to measure temporal variations in ‘state capacity’ in Roman Egypt from ca. 30 BC to ca. AD 300. ‘State capacity’ refers to a state’s ability to implement its official goals. The study will focus on three datasets relevant to these goals: edicts and letters issued by the provincial governor; petitions to judicial authorities; and poll‐tax receipts.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Collaborator: Cornelius Christian
    Collaborator Institution: Department of Economics, Brock University
    Funders:
    LA&PS Minor Research Grant

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

'Petitions with Requests for Registration from Roman Egypt', in Haensch, R. (ed.) . Recht haben und Recht bekommen im Imperium Romanum: Das Gerichtswesen der Römischen Kaiserzeit und seine dokumentarische Evidenz. 2016, Warsaw: Journal of Juristic Papyrology Supplement 24. 407-456.

2016

'Repression, Resistance, and Rebellion', in Ando, C., du Plessis, P., & Tuori, K. (eds.) . The Oxford Handbook of Roman Law and Society. 2016, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 374-385.

2016

'Crime, Law, and Order', in Gibbs, M. Nikolic, M. & Ripat, P. (eds.) . Themes in Roman Society and Culture: An Introduction to Ancient Rome. 2014, Toronto: Oxford University Press (Canada). 241-62.

2014

'Policing and Security', in Erdkamp, P. (ed.) . The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome. 2013, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 410-24.

2014

'The Law that Catulus Passed’, in Welch, K.E. & Hillard, T.W. (eds.) . Roman Crossings: Theory and Practice in the Roman Republic. 2005, Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales. 97-120.

2005

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Review of Potter, D. The Origin of Empire: Rome from the Republic to Hadrian in Ancient History Bulletin Online Reviews 9 (2019), 110-111.

2019

Review of Ricci, C. Security in Roman Times: Rome, Italy and the Emperors in Phoenix 72.1-2 (2018), 183-185

2019

Review of Waterfield, R. Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece in Classical Review 65.2 (2015), 615-16.

2015

Review of Capponi, L. Roman Egypt in Mouseion 11.3 (2011), 412-15.

2011

Review of Brélaz, C. and Ducrey, P. (eds.) Sécurité collective et ordre public dans les sociétés anciennes in Classical Review 60.2 (2010), 480-3.

2010

Books

Publication
Year

Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt. 2011, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Pp. xix + 427)

2011

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

'Proving the ius liberorum: P.Oxy. XII 1467 Reconsidered,' Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 57.1 (2017), 105-35.

2017

'Control policial, represión y seguridad privada en la ciudad de Roma', Desperta Ferro: Arqueología y Historia 2 (2015), 20-25 (trans. Gustavo García Jiménez). [For a general audience.]

2015

'"When the culprits come to light ...": P.IFAO I 26, BGU III 731.ii, and P.Fay. 108', Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 59.2 (2013), 369-74.

2013

'Notes on Five Documents from the Roman Period', Tyche: Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte, Papyrologie und Epigraphik 27 (2012), 224-5 (= Korr.Tyche 729-33).

2012
2010

'Dellius, the Parthian Campaign, and the Image of Mark Antony’, in Deroux, C. (ed.) Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, 14 (2008), 209-34 (= Collection Latomus, vol. 315).

2008

‘Deviant Ancient Histories: Dan Brown, Erich von Däniken and the Sociology of Historical Polemic’, Rethinking History 12.3 (2008), 361-82.

2008

‘A Late-Antique Contract in the Collection of the Australian National University Classics Museum’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 161 (2007), 207-14.

2007

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

‘Court Politics and Imperial Imagery in the Roman Principate’, in Russell, A. and Hellström, M. (eds.). The Social Dynamics of Roman Imperial Imagery. 2020, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2020

‘ “Zugang zur Justiz”: Die soziale Reichweite gerichtlicher Konfliktregulierung’, in von Mayenburg, D., Seelentag, A., Decock, W., & Collin, P. (eds.) . Geschichte der Konfliktlösung in Europa. Berlin: Springer.

2019

Approach to Teaching


Courses taught (York):
HIST 1100: Gladiators, Gods, Gigolos, and Goths: Reading Roman Society, c. 200 BCE – c.500 CE - 2015-16 [Fall/Winter]; 2016-17 [F/W]
HIST 2100: Ancient Greece and Rome - 2009 [W]; 2010 [W]; 2011 [W]; 2013 [W]; 2014 [W]
HIST 3131: Rome and Empire: From War to pax romana - 2007-8 [F/W]; 2008-9 [F/W]; 2010 [F]; 2012-13 [F/W]; 2013-14 [F/W]; 2016 [F]
HIST 3140: The City in the Roman World - 2009 [F]; 2018 [F]
HIST 3154: Egypt from Alexander to Cleopatra - 2010 [F]; 2014 [F]; 2017 [F]; 2018 [F]
HIST 3155: Egypt after Cleopatra: Society and Culture in a Roman Province - 2015 [W]; 2018 [W]
HIST 3990: Supervised Reading and Research - 2010 [S]; 2014 [W]
HIST 4130: Problems in Roman History (The Roman Imperial Court) - 2013-14 [F/W]; 2014-15 [F/W]; 2015-16 [F]
HIST 4132: Caesar's Palace: A Social History of the Roman Imperial Court - 2016-17 [F/W]; 2017-18 [F/W]; 2018-19 [F/W]
HIST 4140: Problems in Hellenistic History (Graeco-Roman Egypt) - 2007-8 [F/W]; 2008-9 [F/W]; 2009-10 [F/W]
HIST 4990: Supervised Reading and Research - 2013 [W]; 2014 [W]
HIST 5038: Crime and Society in the Roman World - 2009 [F]; 2010 [F]; 2013 [F]; 2015 [F]
HIST 5060/6001: Directed Readings (Cicero, Pro Caelio) - 2014 [F]
HIST 5070: Directed Readings - 2017 [F]; 2018 [F]
LA 3040/4040: Roman Philosophical Writings (Cicero, De amicitia) - 2013 [F]

LA 3060/4060: Roman Historians (Sallust, Bellum Catilinae) - 2014 [F]
LA 3070/4070: Roman Rhetoric (Cicero, Pro Caelio) - 2012 [W]
GK 2000: Intermediate Classical and Biblical Greek - 2019 [W]

Courses taught (ANU):
HIST 1019: Rome: Republic to Empire - 2003 [Semester 1]; 2004 [S1]; 2005 [S1]; 2006 [S2]; 2007 [S1]
HIST 2139: The Historical Jesus and Christian Origins - 2003 [S2]
HIST 2216/HIST 6216: Religions and Society in the Roman Empire - 2004 [S2]
HIST 2218: The City in the Roman Empire 2005 [S2]
HIST 4005: Crimes, Courts and Crucifixions: Maintaining Order in the Roman Empire - 2005 [S2]
HIST 6545: Graduate Reading Course A (Politics, War and Diplomacy in the Middle and Late Republic) - 2005 [S1]

Courses tutored (Oxford):
Mods: Tacitus and Tiberius - 2002 [Michaelmas Term]
Greats Roman 1.5: Late Republic - 2002 [MT]
Greats Roman 1.6: Julio-Claudians - 2002 [MT]
Greats Roman 1.7: Flavians - 2002 [MT]


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HIST2100 6.0 A Ancient Greece & Rome LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/GK2000 6.0 A Intermediate Classical & Biblical Greek SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HIST3154 3.0 M Egypt from Alexander to Cleopatra LECT
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/GK2000 6.0 A Intermediate Classical & Biblical Greek SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HIST2100 6.0 A Ancient Greece & Rome LECT
Winter 2021 GS/HIST5038 3.0 M Crime and Society in the Roman World SEMR