Fergus Millar

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Sir Fergus Graham Burtholme Millar (born July 5, 1935 in Edinburgh , † July 15, 2019 in Oxford ) was a British ancient historian .

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The son of a lawyer attended the Edinburgh Academy and the Loretto School from 1943 to 1953. After military service in the Royal Navy studied Millar 1955-1958 at Trinity College in Oxford Classical Studies ( "Greats"). From 1958 to 1964 he was a Fellow of All Souls College , Oxford. In 1958, he received a doctoral scholarship from All Souls College. He received his doctorate in 1962 from Ronald Syme on Cassius Dio . In 1964, Millar became a Fellow and Tutor for Ancient History at Queen's College , Oxford, and in 1976 Arnaldo Momigliano's successor was Professor at University College London . In 1984 he returned to the University of Oxford when he accepted a call to the Camden Chair in Ancient History held by Ronald Syme and Peter Brunt . He retired in 2002.

Millar is considered one of the most important ancient historians of the 20th century. He dealt with numerous topics, especially Roman history , for example imperial administrative activities , the Middle East in Roman times, late antiquity (especially Theodosius II ) or the question of the role the people played in the constitution of the Roman Republic: Millar emphasized described the democratic elements of the system in a series of essays, thus triggering an intense debate.

Since 1987 Millar was a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences . Millar received a D. Litt. From the University of Oxford in 1988 and the Kenyon Medal for Classical Studies in 2005 from the British Academy , to which he has been a member since 1976 . Since 1989 he has been an external member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences , since 1999 of the Russian Academy of Sciences and since 2003 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . In 1991 he was elected a member of the Academia Europaea . In 2010, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the dignity of a knight and thus elevated him to the personal, non-hereditary nobility. Fergus Millar died in July 2019 at the age of 84.


  • A Study of Cassius Dio . Clarendon Press, Oxford 1964.
  • Editor and co-author: The Roman Empire and its Neighbors . Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1966, Fischer Weltgeschichte , Vol. 8.
  • The emperor in the Roman world (31 BC-AD 337) . Duckworth, London 1977; 2nd edition 1992, ISBN 0-7156-1722-2 .
  • The Roman Near East (31 BC-AD 337) . Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1993, ISBN 0-674-77885-5 ( review ).
  • The crowd in Rome in the late republic . University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor 1998, ISBN 0-472-10892-1 .
  • The Roman Republic in Political Thought . University Press of New England, Hanover 2002, ISBN 1-58465-199-7 .
  • Rome, the Greek world and the east . Edited by Hannah M. Cotton and Guy M. Rogers. 3 volumes. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill 2002-2006 (Collected Writings; Reviews of Vol. 2 , Vol. 3 ).
  • A Greek Roman Empire. Power and Belief under Theodosius II . University of California Press, Berkeley 2006, ISBN 978-0-520-24703-1 .


  • Alan K. Bowman et al. (Ed.): Representations of empire. Rome and the Mediterranean world. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2002, ISBN 0-19-726276-7 (commemorative publication with bibliography of Millar's writings).
  • Michael Sommer : Sir Fergus Millar †. In: Gnomon . 92, 2020, issue 2, pp. 188–192.

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  1. ^ Foreign members of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 1724
  2. ^ Membership directory: Fergus Millar. Academia Europaea
  3. ^ The London Gazette , June 11, 2010, p. 1 ( online )