Anthony Richard Birley (born 8 October 1937) is a British ancient historian, archaeologist and academic. He was the Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester (1974–1990) and at University of Düsseldorf (1990–2002). He is the son of the archaeologist Eric Birley, who bought the house next to Vindolanda where Anthony and his brother Robin began to excavate the site. They have both taken part in many of the excavations there. He was educated at Clifton College, 1950–1955; Magdalen College, Oxford, 1956–1963 (Classics, Litt. Humaniores): BA, 1st cl. Hons., 1960;

Own writingsEdit

  • Hadrian's Wall an illustrated guide. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) (1963). Full text available at
  • Imperial Rome with drawings by the artist. Alan Sorrell London: Lutterworth Press (1970)
  • Life in Roman Britain (1972)
  • Lives of the Later Caesars (1976)
  • The Fasti of Roman Britain, Clarendon Press (1981)
  • The African Emperors: Septimius Severus (1988)
  • Roman Papers, vol. 6, by Ronald Syme, edited by A. R. Birley (Clarendon Press 1991)
  • The People of Roman Britain (1992)
  • Marcus Aurelius: a Biography, London: Routledge, (1993)
  • Anatolica - Studies in Strabo, by Ronald Syme, edited by A. R. Birley (Oxford: OUP 1995)
  • Vindolanda Research Reports (new series) 6 vols. (1996)
  • Hadrian: the Restless Emperor, London: Routledge, (1997)
  • Eques Romanus - Reiter und Ritter (in German) by Michel Stemmler, edited by A. R. Birley (Peter Lang GmbH, 1997)
  • Onomasticon to the Younger Pliny, Clarendon Press (2000)
  • Garrison Life at Vindolanda: a Band of Brothers, Stroud: Tempus, (2002)
  • Septimius Severus: the African Emperor, London: Routledge, (2004)
  • The Roman Government of Britain (2005)
  • Agricola and Germany (2009)

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