Timothy D. Barnes

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Timothy D. Barnes (born March 13, 1942 in Yorkshire ), actually Timothy David Barnes , is a British ancient historian .


Barnes attended the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield from 1949 to 1960 . He studied at Balliol College , Oxford and was a student of Sir Ronald Syme . In 1964 Barnes received his bachelor's degree and in 1967 his master's degree. He received his doctorate in 1970 and was awarded the Conington Prize of Oxford University for his dissertation in 1974 . Shortly after receiving his doctorate, he became an assistant professor of classical studies at University College in Toronto . In 1972 he became an Associate Professor and held this post until his retirement in 2007. He has been an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh's School of Divinity since 2008 .

Barnes is internationally recognized as an excellent expert on the history of early Christianity and of late antiquity in general . In this context, Barnes dealt with Tertullian , Eusebius of Caesarea and Athanasios in numerous articles and monographs, as well as with the Diocletian-Constantinian period in general. In addition, late Roman historiography is one of his main research areas. Barnes treated the Historia Augusta , Ammianus Marcellinus and the Enmannsche Kaisergeschichte . He is considered to be a very original researcher who represents research opinions that differ from the communis opinio or who represent completely new views, for example in chronological questions or with regard to the historian Ammianus. Several of his works are considered standard works.

Barnes has been honored with numerous awards (such as the 1982 Philip Schaff Prize of the American Society of Church History for his work Constantine and Eusebius ) and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1985 . In 2011 he was elected a member of the British Academy .

Fonts (selection)

  • Tertullian. A historical and literary study. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1971.
  • The sources of the Historia Augusta (= Latomus . Vol. 155). Latomus, Brussels 1978, ISBN 2-87031-005-6 .
  • Constantine and Eusebius. Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA 1981, ISBN 0-674-16530-6 .
  • The new empire of Diocletian and Constantine. Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA et al. 1982, ISBN 0-674-61126-8 .
  • Early Christianity and the Roman Empire (= Variorum Collected Studies Series. Vol. 207). Variorum Reprints, London 1984, ISBN 0-86078-155-0 .
  • Athanasius and Constantius. Theology and politics in the Constantinian empire. Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA et al. 1993, ISBN 0-674-05067-3 .
  • From Eusebius to Augustine. Selected papers 1982-1993 (= Collected Studies Series. Vol. 438). Variorum, Aldershot et al. 1994, ISBN 0-86078-397-9 .
  • Ammianus Marcellinus and the representation of historical reality (= Cornell Studies in Classical Philology. Vol. 56). Cornell University Press, Ithaca NY et al. 1998, ISBN 0-8014-3526-9 .
  • Early Christian Hagiography and Roman History (= Tria Corda. Vol. 5). Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2010, ISBN 978-3-16-150226-2 .
  • Constantine. Dynasty, Religion and Power in the Later Roman Empire . Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester et al. 2011, ISBN 978-1-405-11727-2 ( review by Raphael Brendel).
  • Numerous specialist articles, including in Phoenix (Classical Association of Canada, ISSN  0031-8299 ) and Journal of Roman Studies, as well as several contributions to the research colloquia on the Historia Augusta .


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Fellows: Timothy Barnes. British Academy, accessed August 30, 2020 .