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Dr Panayiotis Christoforou

I have been a Lecturer at Magdalen, Exeter, Brasenose, University and St John’s Colleges. I studied history at St Andrews before coming to Oxford to do a Masters and DPhil in Roman History. 

I am a Roman historian specialising in the history and historiography of the Roman empire in the first two centuries A.D. More specifically, my expertise lies in the study of the Roman emperor as an institution.

Research Interests

My work and research interests focus on Roman history in the imperial period, specifically on the reception of the Roman emperor’s power and position from the perspective of his subjects, and broadly on the social and cultural history of the Roman empire. My book on the Roman emperor and perceptions of that position from the perspectives of his subjects is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Selected Publications

Living in an Age of Gold: Being a Subject of the Roman Emperor, (Cambridge, Forthcoming)


‘An Indication of Truly Imperial Manners’: The Roman emperor in Philo’s Legatio ad Gaium’, Historia 70.1 (2021), 83-115.
‘If He is Worthy: Interactions Between Crowds and Emperors in Plutarch and Tacitus’ Accounts of A.D. 69’, Rosetta 21 (2017) 1-16.
qualem diem Tiberius induisset: Tiberius’ Absences on Capri as an Inspiration for Wonder and Uncertainty, in J. McNamara and V. Pagán eds (2021) Tacitus’ Wonders (Bloomsbury).