Averil Cameron

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Dame Averil Millicent Cameron DBE FBA (born February 8, 1940 ) is a British ancient historian and Byzantinist .

Averil Cameron was Professor of Ancient History (1978–1989) and Professor of Late Antiquity and Byzantine Studies (1989–1994) at King's College London . She dedicated her inaugural lecture "The skeptic and the shroud" on April 29, 1980 at the Department of Classics and History there to the Turin Shroud and rejected Ian Wilson's thesis that the Turin Shroud was identical to the Abgar picture . She has been Professor of Late Antiquity and Byzantine History and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Oxford since 2006 . Until September 2010 she was Warden (Head) of Keble College , Oxford . At Oxford, she chairs the Honorary Degrees Advisory Board and serves on the Conflicts of Interest Committee, University Preacher Nomination Committee and the Wainwright Fund. She is a member of the Faculty Board of the University of Oxford.

Her non-university duties include chairing the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and the Institute of Classical Studies Advisory Council , vice-chairing the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies . Cameron is President of the Ecclesiastical History Society and the Council for British Archeology in the Levant and the Fédération Internationale des Associations d'Études Classiques .

Together with Peter Brown, for example, she is one of the most prominent among those historians who advocate a more positive re-evaluation of late antiquity (around 300 to 600 AD). She was also one of the editors of Volumes 12-14 of the revised Cambridge Ancient History .

Cameron has received numerous academic honors and memberships for her research. Cameron received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, St Andrews, Aberdeen and Queen's University of Belfast. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London , the British Academy , the Ecclesiastical History Society and King's College London. In 2000 she was elected a member of the Academia Europaea . Cameron has been a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences since 2006 . Due to her merits, she was raised to the personal nobility status by Queen Elizabeth II as Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2005 and from then on carried the name suffix " Dame ".

She was married to the classical philologist and historian Alan Cameron from 1962 to 1980 .


  • Agathias. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1970, ISBN 0-19-814352-4 (also: dissertation).
  • The skeptic and the shroud: An inaugural lecture in the Departments of Classics and History delivered at King's College London on April 29th 1980. London 1980
  • Procopius and the Sixth Century. Duckworth, London 1985, ISBN 0-7156-1510-7 .
  • Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire. The Development of Christian Discourse (= Sather Classical Lectures Vol. 55). University of California Press, Berkeley CA et al. 1991, ISBN 0-520-07160-3 .
  • The Later Roman Empire. AD 284-430. Fontana Press, London 1993, ISBN 0-00-686172-5 .
  • The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, AD 395-700. Routledge, London et al. 1993, ISBN 0-415-01420-4 (2nd edition, ibid. 2012, ISBN 978-0-415-57961-2 ( review )).
  • as editor: Images of Women in Antiquity. Improved output. Routledge, London 1993, ISBN 0-415-09095-4 .
  • The Cambridge Ancient History :
  • The Byzantines. Blackwell, Malden MD et al. 2006, ISBN 0-631-20262-5 .


  • Dominic Janes: Cameron, Averil. In: Kelly Boyd (Ed.): Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing. Taylor & Francis, Chicago, London 1999, Vol. 1, pp. 170-171, (online excerpt) .

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