Dr Paul Burton

BA (Toronto), MA (Maryland, College Park), PhD (Maryland, College Park)
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Classical Studies
College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 6125 7009

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Classical Greek And Roman History 210306

Research interests

Roman history of the middle and late Republican periods
Roman imperialism and diplomacy
The Classical tradition


Paul Burton is the author of Roman Imperialism (Brill, 2019), Rome and the Third Macedonian War (Cambridge, 2017), Friendship and Empire: Roman Diplomacy and Imperialism in the Middle Republic (353 - 146 BC) (Cambridge, 2011) and editor of Culture, Identity and Politics: Papers from a Conference in Honour of Erich Gruen (Antichthon 37 [2013). He has published numerous articles and chapters on Roman foreign policy, diplomacy and imperialism, ancient international law, and the Classical tradition. He has taught at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC, USA), Allegheny College (Meadville, PA, USA), The University of Tasmania (Hobart) and the ANU.

Researcher's projects

(with T. Lewit) Pliny’s Presses: the true story of the 1st century wine press

Peace as Integration

Roman Imperialism (Brill Research Perspectives)

Why Did Rome Win? (Oxford History of the Roman World)

Friendship and Empire: The Establishment of Rome’s Amicitia with Heraclea Pontica (190 BC)

Polybios and Polemics

Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Diplomacy (Contributing Editor)

Past student projects

Sara Perley, Arcana Imperii: Roman Political Intelligence, Counter-Intelligence and Covert Action in the mid-Republic (2017)

Noemi Murphy, Imago Romana Mundi: Religion, Rhetoric, Race and the Ideology of Roman Imperialism (PhD 2011)

Melanie Knowles, Amor, Marmor, Memor: The Death and Commemoration of Children in Rome and Italy (PhD 2009)


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