Associate Professor Richard Miles

BA Lpool PhD Camb FSA
Associate Professor
Research Director, Ancient North Africa Research Network

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Richard Miles is the Head of School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and Director of the ArtSS Career-Ready Program at the University of Sydney.  Richard is also the Academic Director of the Ancient North African Research Network, which coordinates research activities on the ancient Maghreb region.  He was previously a Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. A specialist in Roman and Carthaginian history, he has directed excavations in Carthage and Rome.  Richard is the author of a number of books on the ancient world including ‘Carthage Must Be Destroyed’ and ‘Ancient Worlds: The Search for the Origins of Western Civilization’. Richard has additionally written and hosted a number of television documentaries including 'Carthage, the Roman Holocaust' (ABC), 'Ancient Worlds' (BBC) and 'Archaeology: a Secret History’ (SBS).

He is currently writing a book called ‘The Rise of Decline’, a global history examining our ongoing obsession with political, economic and moral decline.

Research interests

  • Carthage (Roman Empire to the early Byzantine world)
  • Emperor Justinian?s re-conquest of Africa and Italy
  • Later Roman Empire
  • Ancient Carthage
  • Decline and failure of complex societies

Current research students

Project title Research student
An Economic History of Late Antique North Africa (working title) Jason BLOCKLEY
Collegiality, Dynasty and Abdication: Political Change and the Tetrarchy Byron WALDRON

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2016

  • The Rise of Decline in the Later Roman Empire; Miles R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2012

  • NorthAfricaStudyDonation Miles; Miles R; North Africa Study Donation/Research Donation.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Miles, R. (2011). Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Civilization. London, UK: Penguin Books.
  • Miles, R. (2010). Ancient Worlds: The Search for the Origins of Western Civilization. London, UK: Allen Lane.
  • Miles, R. (2010). Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Civilization. London: Allen Lane.
  • Miles, R., Merrills, A. (2010). The Vandals. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Edited Books

  • Miles, R. (2016). The Bir Messaouda Basilicas: the Transformation of an Urban Landscape in Late Antique Carthage. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Miles, R. (2016). The Donatist Schism - Controversy and Contexts. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Miles, R. (2016). Byzantine Carthage and the Politics of Pilgrimmage. In J. Merdinger (Eds.), Christian Carthage. Leiden: Brill.
  • Miles, R. (2016). Carthage. In N. Christie, R. Jenson, J. Magness and L Rutgers (Eds.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Late Antique Art and Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Miles, R. (2016). Rebuilding Christian Carthage after the Byzantine Conquest. In R. Bockmann, A. Leone and P. Von Rummell (Eds.), North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.
  • Miles, R. (2016). Textual Communities and the Donatist Controversy. In Richard Miles (Eds.), The Donatist Schism: Controversy and Contexts, (pp. 249-283). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
  • Miles, R. (2016). The Donatist Controversy: Parallel Histories, Multiple Narratives. In Richard Miles (Eds.), The Donatist Schism: Controversy and Contexts, (pp. 1-12). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
  • Miles, R. (2015). Byzantine Carthage and its Vandal Legacy. In Etienne Wolff (Eds.), Litterature, Politique et Religion en Afrique Vandale, (pp. 73-92). Paris: Brepols Publishers.
  • Miles, R. (2012). Introduction. Carthage: A History, (pp. xvii-xxiv). London: The Folio Society.
  • Miles, R. (2011). Hannibal and Propaganda. In Dexter Hoyos (Eds.), A Companion to the Punic Wars, (pp. 260-279). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Miles, R. (2008). Let's (not) talk about it: Augustine and the control of epistolary dialogue. In Simon Goldhill (Eds.), The End of Dialogue in Antiquity, (pp. 135-148). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Miles, R. (2011). Carthage: A Mediterranean Superpower. Historically Speaking, 12(4), 35-37.
  • Miles, R. (2011). Making Classic Television. History Today, 61(1), 5-6.
  • Miles, R. (2006). British Excavations at Bir Messaouda, Carthage 2000-2004: the Byzantine Basilica. Bulletin Antieke Beschaving: annual papers on Mediterranean archaeology, 81, 199-226. [More Information]
  • Miles, R. (2005). The Anthologia Latina and the creation of a secular space in Vandal Carthage. Antiquite Tardive: revue internationale d'histoire et d'archeologie, 13, 305-320. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Miles, R. (2015). Tough Love: Correcting Sinners in the Early Christian Church. The Engelsberg Seminar 2014 Religion, Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.
  • Miles, R. (2014). Declinism. The Engelsberg Seminar 2013: Civilisation, Avesta, Sweden: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.
  • Miles, R. (2012). Ideology and Politics in the Ancient World. The Engelsberg Seminar 2011: Politics and Ideology, Avesta: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Film / Video

  • Miles, R., Seare, N. (2013). Archaeology: A Secret History (3 Part Series). London, United Kingdom: BBC.
  • Miles, R. (2010). Ancient Worlds (6 Part Series). United Kingdom: BBC.
  • Miles, R. (2005). Carthage: The Roman Holocaust (2 Part Series). United Kingdom: BBC.

Reference Works

  • Miles, R. (2013). Punic Carthage. Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2016

  • Miles, R. (2016). Byzantine Carthage and the Politics of Pilgrimmage. In J. Merdinger (Eds.), Christian Carthage. Leiden: Brill.
  • Miles, R. (2016). Carthage. In N. Christie, R. Jenson, J. Magness and L Rutgers (Eds.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Late Antique Art and Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Miles, R. (2016). Rebuilding Christian Carthage after the Byzantine Conquest. In R. Bockmann, A. Leone and P. Von Rummell (Eds.), North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.
  • Miles, R. (2016). Textual Communities and the Donatist Controversy. In Richard Miles (Eds.), The Donatist Schism: Controversy and Contexts, (pp. 249-283). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
  • Miles, R. (2016). The Bir Messaouda Basilicas: the Transformation of an Urban Landscape in Late Antique Carthage. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Miles, R. (2016). The Donatist Controversy: Parallel Histories, Multiple Narratives. In Richard Miles (Eds.), The Donatist Schism: Controversy and Contexts, (pp. 1-12). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
  • Miles, R. (2016). The Donatist Schism - Controversy and Contexts. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

2015

  • Miles, R. (2015). Byzantine Carthage and its Vandal Legacy. In Etienne Wolff (Eds.), Litterature, Politique et Religion en Afrique Vandale, (pp. 73-92). Paris: Brepols Publishers.
  • Miles, R. (2015). Tough Love: Correcting Sinners in the Early Christian Church. The Engelsberg Seminar 2014 Religion, Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

2014

  • Miles, R. (2014). Declinism. The Engelsberg Seminar 2013: Civilisation, Avesta, Sweden: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

2013

  • Miles, R., Seare, N. (2013). Archaeology: A Secret History (3 Part Series). London, United Kingdom: BBC.
  • Miles, R. (2013). Punic Carthage. Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2012

  • Miles, R. (2012). Ideology and Politics in the Ancient World. The Engelsberg Seminar 2011: Politics and Ideology, Avesta: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.
  • Miles, R. (2012). Introduction. Carthage: A History, (pp. xvii-xxiv). London: The Folio Society.

2011

  • Miles, R. (2011). Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Civilization. London, UK: Penguin Books.
  • Miles, R. (2011). Carthage: A Mediterranean Superpower. Historically Speaking, 12(4), 35-37.
  • Miles, R. (2011). Hannibal and Propaganda. In Dexter Hoyos (Eds.), A Companion to the Punic Wars, (pp. 260-279). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Miles, R. (2011). Making Classic Television. History Today, 61(1), 5-6.

2010

  • Miles, R. (2010). Ancient Worlds (6 Part Series). United Kingdom: BBC.
  • Miles, R. (2010). Ancient Worlds: The Search for the Origins of Western Civilization. London, UK: Allen Lane.
  • Miles, R. (2010). Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Civilization. London: Allen Lane.
  • Miles, R., Merrills, A. (2010). The Vandals. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2008

  • Miles, R. (2008). Let's (not) talk about it: Augustine and the control of epistolary dialogue. In Simon Goldhill (Eds.), The End of Dialogue in Antiquity, (pp. 135-148). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

2006

  • Miles, R. (2006). British Excavations at Bir Messaouda, Carthage 2000-2004: the Byzantine Basilica. Bulletin Antieke Beschaving: annual papers on Mediterranean archaeology, 81, 199-226. [More Information]

2005

  • Miles, R. (2005). Carthage: The Roman Holocaust (2 Part Series). United Kingdom: BBC.
  • Miles, R. (2005). The Anthologia Latina and the creation of a secular space in Vandal Carthage. Antiquite Tardive: revue internationale d'histoire et d'archeologie, 13, 305-320. [More Information]

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