Professor Richard Alston

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My research has been in four main areas: Roman imperialism, the Roman and Byzantine city, issues of indviduality in the early Roman empire, and the relationship between modern and ancient political ideologies. This work is united by an abiding interest in the relationship between political and economic structures and the individual. The themes covered have led me to engage in a constructive dialogue with much modern political theory, in the areas of geography, sociology, politics, and the individual. In this engagement with theory I have come to see how our understanding of the Classical world depends on the ways in which we see our contemporary world and the differences between antiquity and modernity are often exaggerated. I argue that as a consequence of this, we can understand our contemporary world far better through a deeper understanding of the Classical past and its influences. For more information, see my research and teaching pages


Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome

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