Dr Peter Brennan

Honorary Associate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI)
Quadrangle Building A14
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Fields of Expertise

  • Notitia Dignitatum
  • The last of the Romans – identity in the late Roman world
  • Soldiers in the late Roman physical and mental landscape
  • ‘Transnationalism’ in the Roman world

Publications (most interesting)

  • Catalogue and Exhibition
    Peter Brennan, Michael Turner and Nicholas L. Wright, Faces of Power: Imperial Portraiture on Roman Coins (Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, 2007)
  • Other Publications
    Edition/translation of The Notitia Dignitatum (to be published in the series Translated Texts for Historians by Liverpool University Press)
  • ‘Zosimos 2.34.1 and ‘the Constantinian reform’; using Johannes Lydos to expose an insidious fabrication’ forthcoming in A. Lewin, ed., Proceedings of International Congress ‘L’esercito romano tardo antico nel vicino oriente; da Diocleziano alla conquista araba’ held in Potenza in May 2005, to be published 2007
  • ‘Barbarian impact on the Late Roman Army’, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 114.2, 2001, 261-6
  • (with Jon Barlow) ‘Tribuni Scholarum Palatinarum c. A.D. 353-364: Ammianus Marcellinus and the Notitia Dignitatum’ Classical Quarterly, 51, 2001, 237-254
  • ‘A User’s Guide to the otitia Dignitatum: the Case of the dux Armeniae’, Antichthon 32, 1998, 34-49
  • 'The Last of the Romans: Roman identity and the Roman army in the late Roman Near East' in G. Clarke, ed, Identities in the Near East in Antiquity in Mediterranean Archaeology, 11, 1998, 191-203
  • 'Divide and fall: the separation of legionary cavalry and the fragmentation of the Roman Empire' in Hillard, T.W., Kearsley, R.A., Nixon, C.V.E., Nobbs, A.M. (eds), Ancient History in a Modern University, William Eerdmans, Michigan, Cambridge UK, 1998, 238-244
  • The Notitia Dignitatum’ in les littératures techniques dans l’antiquité romaine. Entretiens Fondation Hardt 42 (Geneva, 1996), 147-178