Bryan Ward-Perkins

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Bryan Ward-Perkins is an archaeologist and historian of the later Roman Empire
Roman Empire
The Roman Empire was the post-Republican period of the ancient Roman civilization, characterised by an autocratic form of government and large territorial holdings in Europe and around the Mediterranean....

 and early Middle Ages
Middle Ages
The Middle Ages is a periodization of European history from the 5th century to the 15th century. The Middle Ages follows the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 and precedes the Early Modern Era. It is the middle period of a three-period division of Western history: Classic, Medieval and Modern...

, with a particular focus on the transitional period between those two eras, an historical sub-field also known as Late Antiquity
Late Antiquity
Late Antiquity is a periodization used by historians to describe the time of transition from Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages, in both mainland Europe and the Mediterranean world. Precise boundaries for the period are a matter of debate, but noted historian of the period Peter Brown proposed...

. His published work has focused primarily on the urban and economic history of the Mediterranean
Mediterranean Basin
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 and western Europe
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 during Late Antiquity. The son of historian John Bryan Ward-Perkins
John Bryan Ward-Perkins
John Bryan Ward-Perkins CMG, CBE, FBA was a British Classical architectural historian and archaeologist, and director of the British School at Rome.-Background:...

, he was born and raised in Rome
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 and is currently a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford
Trinity College, Oxford
The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in the University of Oxford, of the foundation of Sir Thomas Pope , or Trinity College for short, is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It stands on Broad Street, next door to Balliol College and Blackwells bookshop,...


His 2005 book, The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization, included statements addressing what he saw as an over-correction in the approaches of modern historiography to late Roman history. Using primarily archaeological evidence, Ward-Perkins takes issue with what he says is the "fashionable" idea-–that the western Roman Empire did not actually fall but instead experienced a mostly-benign transformation into the Christian kingdoms of medieval Europe. In his contrasting view, "the coming of the Germanic peoples was very unpleasant for the Roman population, and the long-term effects of the dissolution of the empire were dramatic."

Selected bibliography

  • 1984: From Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages: urban public building in Northern and Central Italy AD 300-850 . Oxford: Clarendon Press ISBN 0198218982
  • 1998: "The Cities", in The Cambridge Ancient History, Vol. XIII: 337-425
  • 2000: "Why Did The Anglo-Saxons not Become More British?" (English Historical Review, June 2000)
  • 2001: The Cambridge Ancient History, Vol. XIV: 425-600 (edited with Averil Cameron
    Averil Cameron
    Dame Averil Millicent Cameron, DBE, FBA is Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History in the University of Oxford, and was formerly the Warden of Keble College, Oxford between 1994 and 2010....

     and Michael Whitby). Cambridge University Press
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  • 2005: The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization. Oxford: Oxford University Press
    Oxford University Press
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     ISBN 0192805649

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