Barbara M. Levick (born 21 June 1931)[1] is a British historian and epigrapher, focusing particularly on the Late Roman Republic and Early Empire. She is recognised within her field as one of the leading Roman historians of her generation.[2]


Levick was educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford.[3] Her DPhil, on the subject of Roman colonies in South Asia Minor was undertaken in the mid-1950s and supervised by Ronald Syme.[2] For this research she made two solo trips to Turkey, placing herself in a tradition at this time of largely Scottish and male epigraphers travelling in Anatolia.[2] She focused, however, on Pisidia, a region that lay away from the routes explored by a group of her male contemporaries, although she was the only one to publish a book as a result of research from these expeditions.[2]


In 1959 Levick was appointed a university fellow and tutor for Roman History at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and in 1967 published her first monograph, drawing on material from her doctoral thesis, which forty years after its publication was described as a "resilient classic of Roman history".[2][3][4][5] The importance of this work came from both its focus on the Roman impact on Asia Minor, and the drawing together of both epigraphic and numismatic evidence.[2][5] In this work she used the discoveries she made at Yalvaç, and considered again material that had been neglected since the 1920s.[2]

She was an influential editor of inscriptions who shaped the format of the Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua series, directing two volumes of its publication.[2] Her biographies of Roman emperors and Imperial women are widely known and receive largely positive reviews from their critics.[6][7][8][9]

Her portrait was painted for St Hilda's College by Jane Cursham.[10]

Selected publications

A fuller bibliography of her works up to 2007 can be found in the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. Supplement, No. 100, VITA VIGILIA EST: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF BARBARA LEVICK (2007).[11]




  1. ^ "Weekend birthdays". The Guardian. 21 June 2014. p. 42.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h MITCHELL, STEPHEN (2007). "Barbara Levick and Asia Minor". Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. Supplement. 50 (100): xv–xviii. doi:10.1111/j.2041-5370.2007.tb02459.x. JSTOR 43767656.
  3. ^ a b "Dr Barbara Levick". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  4. ^ Donald Dale Walker (2002). Paul's Offer of Leniency (2 Cor 10:1): Populist Ideology and Rhetoric in a Pauline Letter Fragment. Mohr Siebeck. p. 217. ISBN 978-3-16-147891-8.
  5. ^ a b Briscoe, John (March 1969). "Six Augustan Colonies - Barbara Levick: Roman Colonies in Southern Asia Minor. Pp. xvi+256; 2 maps, 6 plates. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967. Cloth, 70s. net". The Classical Review. 19 (1): 86–88. doi:10.1017/S0009840X00328682. ISSN 1464-3561.
  6. ^ Lloyd-Jones, Hugh. "Life Styles of the Rich and Famous". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  7. ^ John F. Donahue (20 January 2001). "Review: B. Levick, Vespasian". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  8. ^ Daly, Megan M. (July 2016). "Review of: Claudius. Second edition (first edition 1990). Roman imperial biographies". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. ISSN 1055-7660.
  9. ^ Keegan, Peter (May 2011). "Review of: Augustus: Image and Substance". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. ISSN 1055-7660.
  10. ^ "Barbara Levick | Art UK". Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Publications of Barbara Levick". Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. Supplement (100): xix–xxvii. 2007. JSTOR 43767657.
  12. ^ "Catiline by Barbara Levick". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 17 June 2016.