Jill Diana Harries is Professor Emerita in Ancient History at the University of St Andrews. Professor Harries is known for her work on late antiquity, particularly aspects of Roman legal culture and society.[1]


Jill Harries

Academic background
Alma materSomerville College, Oxford
ThesisBishops, senators and their cities in southern and central Gaul, AD 407 to 476
Academic work
DisciplineLate Antiquity
InstitutionsUniversity of St Andrews
Notable worksSidonius Apollinaris and the Fall of Rome, Law and Empire in Late Antiquity, Law and Crime in the Roman World


Jill Harries studied Literae Humaniores at Somerville College, Oxford (1969–73) and completed her PhD in 1981. Harries was appointed Lecturer in Ancient History at St Andrews in 1976, and Professor in 1997. She served as the head of the School of Classics 2000-2003. Harries retired in 2013 and her retirement was marked by a conference in her honour.[1][2][3][4]

Harries was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University in 1973-74, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford in 1996-97, and Bird Fellow at Emory University in 2003.[1]

Widely known for her work on late antiquity, Harries has been invited to deliver a number of key lectures at international conferences, including the 2003 lecture Violence, Victims, and the Roman Legal Tradition at the Violence, Victims, and Vindication in Late Antiquity conference at University of California, Santa Barbara,[5][6] and the 2014 public lecture East versus West: Sidonius, Anthemius, and the Empire of the Dawn at the Edinburgh University conference, Sidonius, his words, and his world: an international conference.[7] Harries also serves on the board of editors of the journal Roman Legal Tradition.[8]

Harries' book on Sidonius Apollinaris was the first in English since the 1930s and sought to embed his biography firmly in the history of 5th century Gaul.[9] Her work on late antiquity in general has been widely read and reviewed, and forms a seminal part of the study of late Roman society particularly in regard to law and political structures.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Harries was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1986[16] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2010.[17]

Harries contributed to the 2001 episode on Attila the Hun for the documentary series The Most Evil Men and Women in History.[18]

Select publicationsEdit

  • with C Humfress, J Duindam, & N Hurvitz (eds) Law and Empire: Ideas, Practices, Actors (Brill 2013)
  • Imperial Rome AD 284 to 363: The New Empire (Edinburgh University Press 2012)[10]
  • Law and Crime in the Roman World (Cambridge University Press 2007)
  • Cicero and the Jurists: from Citizens' Law to the Lawful State (Duckworth 2006)[11]
  • Law and Empire in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press 1998)[12][13]
  • Sidonius Apollinaris and the Fall of Rome (Oxford University Press 1994)[14][15][9]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Prof. Jill Harries | School of Classics | University of St Andrews". www.st-andrews.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  2. ^ "Late antique history | School of Classics | University of St Andrews". www.st-andrews.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  3. ^ "Conference in honour of Jill Harries". St Andrews Classics. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  4. ^ "Chairs". Times Higher Education (THE). 1997-10-31. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  5. ^ "Conference to Examine Violence in Antiquity". www.ia.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  6. ^ "Themes of Violence From 300-800 AD Examined at UCSB Conference". The UCSB Current. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  7. ^ "Sidonius, his words, and his world: an international conference". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  8. ^ "Roman Legal Tradition: the civilian tradition in ancient, medieval, and modern law". www.romanlegaltradition.org. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  9. ^ a b Roberts, Michael (1996). "Sidonius Apollinaris and the Fall of Rome. Jill Harries". Classical Philology. 91 (2): 196–198. doi:10.1086/367510. ISSN 0009-837X.
  10. ^ a b Elm, Susanna (2015). "THE EDINBURGH ANCIENT ROME VOL. 7 - J. Harries Imperial Rome ad 284 to 363. The New Empire. Pp. xviii + 366, ills, map. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012. Paper, £24.99 (Cased, £80). ISBN: 978-0-7486-2053-1 (978-0-7486-2052-4 hbk)". The Classical Review. 65 (2): 544–545. doi:10.1017/S0009840X15000293. ISSN 0009-840X.
  11. ^ a b Blom, Henriette van der (2008). "Law in Cicero - (J.) Harries Cicero and the Jurists. From Citizens' Law to the Lawful State. Pp. 256. London: Duckworth, 2006. Cased, £45". The Classical Review. 58 (2): 454–455. doi:10.1017/S0009840X08000632. ISBN 978-0-7156-3432-5. ISSN 1464-3561.
  12. ^ a b Pazdernik, Charles (1999). "Review of: Law and Empire in Late Antiquity". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. ISSN 1055-7660.
  13. ^ a b Alain, Chauvot, (2001). "Jill Harries, Law and Empire in Late Antiquity". L'Antiquité Classique (in French). 70 (1).CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  14. ^ a b Romer, F. E. (1996-12-01). "Sidonius Apollinaris and the Fall of Rome, A.D. 407-485 (review)". American Journal of Philology. 117 (4): 663–666. doi:10.1353/ajp.1996.0053. ISSN 1086-3168.
  15. ^ a b Kelly, Christopher (1997). "The Fall of Rome - J. Harries: Sidonius Apollinaris and the Fall of Rome, AD 407–485.Pp. xiv + 292, 1 map. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. Cased, £30". The Classical Review. 47 (1): 132–134. doi:10.1093/cr/47.1.132. ISBN 0-19-814472-5. ISSN 1464-3561.
  16. ^ "RHS Fellows" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  17. ^ "Professor Jill Diana Harries FRSE - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  18. ^ "Jill Harries". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-06-22.