John Matthews is the Five College Annual Lecturer in Late Antiquity for 2018. He is professor emeritus of classics and history at Yale University. He arrived at Yale in 1996 from the University of Oxford and is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society and the London Society of Antiquaries. Professor Matthews’ research interests focus primarily on the social and cultural history of the later Roman period. His many published works include The Roman Empire of Ammianus (1989), Laying Down the Law; A Study of the Theodosian Code (2000); and, most recently, The Journey of Theophanes: Travel, Business and Daily Life in the Roman East (Yale University Press, 2006), winner of the 2007 James Henry Breasted Prize of the American Historical Association. He is currently working on the early history of the city of Constantinople.
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