Averil Cameron

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Dame Averil Cameron

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Averil Millicent Cameron

(1940-02-08) 8 February 1940 (age 79)
Other namesA. M. Cameron
Spouse(s)Alan Cameron
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisThe Histories of Agathias (1966)
Academic work

Dame Averil Millicent Cameron DBE FSA FBA FRHistS (born 1940), often cited as A. M. Cameron, is professor emerita of Late Antique and Byzantine History at the University of Oxford,[1] and was formerly the Warden of Keble College, Oxford, between 1994[2] and 2010.[3]

Early life[edit]

Cameron was born on 8 February 1940 in Leek, Staffordshire, the only child of working-class parents, she read Literae Humaniores at Somerville College, Oxford, and was married to Alan Cameron, with whom she has a son and a daughter.[2]


From 1978 to 1994 Cameron taught at King's College, London, serving as Professor of Ancient History (1978–1989), Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (1989–1994),[2] and Founding Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies. In 1994 she was appointed Warden of Keble College, Oxford, where she served as Chair of the Conference of Colleges and as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Chair of the Committee on the Sackler Library and the Advisory Committee on Honorary Degrees and sat on committees for Conflict of Interest, Select Preachers, the Bampton Lectures and the Wainwright Fund, she has served as Chair of a number of academic institutions, including the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, the Institute of Classical Studies Advisory Council, the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (1999–2005),[4] and of the Prosopography of the Byzantine World.[1]

Cameron has also acted as the President of multiple society including: the Ecclesiastical History Society (2005–2006),[5] the Council for British Research in the Levant,[6] and the Fédération internationale des associations d'études classiques (2009–2014);.[6] From 2018 she will become President of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (2018–2023).[7]


Cameron holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Warwick,[8] St Andrews,[9] Aberdeen, Lund, the Queen's University of Belfast and London.

Cameron is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the British Academy, the Ecclesiastical History Society (from 2001),[10] King's College, London, the Royal Historical Society, and the Institute of Classical Studies, London.[citation needed]

In 2007 a Festschrift edited by Hagit Amirav and Bas ter Haar Romeny, From Rome to Constantinople: Studies in Honour of Averil Cameron (Leuven: Peeters), was published in Cameron's honour.


Cameron's early articles explored early Byzantine and early Medieval Latin writers such as Corippus, Procopius, and Gregory of Tours from literary and historical perspectives, her early monographs, Agathias (1970) and Procopius and the Sixth Century (1985) were accompanied by a number of influential edited collections, including Images of Women in Antiquity, edited jointly with Amélie Kuhrt (1983), and History as Text (1989). With Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire: The Development of Christian Discourse (1990), Cameron sparked a scholarly conversation about 'the power of discourse in society' in later antiquity, seeking to understand 'how Christianity was able to develop a "totalizing discourse" ' (the phrase itself is borrowed from the work of Michel Foucault).[11]

Cameron's mature scholarship has included substantial surveys such as The Later Roman Empire, AD 284-430 (1993) and significant editorial commissions, including joint editorship of volumes 12, 13, and 14 of the Cambridge Ancient History (second edition) along with a number of influential studies on dialogue and debate in Byzantium from the early Christian period to the twelfth century.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Books and edited volumes[edit]

  • Agathias (Clarendon Press 1970), ISBN 0-19-814352-4
  • Images of Women in Antiquity, ed. with Amélie Kuhrt (London: Duckworth, 1983, rev. 1993),
  • Procopius and the Sixth Century (Duckworth 1985), ISBN 0-7156-1510-7
  • History as Text, ed. (London: Duckworth, 1989)
  • The Greek Renaissance in the Roman Empire, ed. with Susan Walker (London: 1989)
  • Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire: The Development of Christian Discourse (University of California Press 1991), ISBN 0-520-07160-3
  • The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East I: Problems in the Literary Sources, ed. with Lawrence I. Conrad (Princeton: Darwin Press, 1992)
  • The Later Roman Empire, AD 284-430 (Fontana 1993), ISBN 0-00-686172-5
  • The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East II: Land Use and Settlement Patterns, ed. with G.R.D. King (Princeton: Darwin Press, 1994)
  • The Byzantine and Early Islamic Near East III: States, Resources and Armies, ed. (Princeton: Darwin Press, 1995)
  • The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, AD 395-600 (London: Routledge 1993), ISBN 0-415-01420-4; rev/ and expanded ed. (London: Routledge, 2011)
  • Images of Women in Antiquity (rev. ed., Routledge 1993), ISBN 0-415-09095-4 (ed. with Amélie Kuhrt)
  • Eusebius, Life of Constantine, trans. and commentary, with S.G. Hall (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999)
  • Fifty Years of Prosopography, ed., Publications of the British Academy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • The Cambridge Ancient History
  • Doctrine and Debate in Eastern Christianity, 300-1500, ed. with Robert Hoyland (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)
  • Late Antiquity on the Eve of Islam, The Formation of the Islamic World, ed. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)
  • The Byzantines (Oxford: Blackwell 2006), ISBN 0-631-20262-5
  • Dialoguing in Late Antiquity (Cambridge, MA:: Ashgate Harvard University Press, 2014)
  • Byzantine Matters (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014)
  • Arguing it Out: Discussion in Twelfth-Century Byzantium (Central European University Press, 2016)
  • Dialogues and Debates from Late Antiquity to Late Byzantium, ed. with Niels Gaul (Milton Park: Routledge, 2017)

Journal articles[edit]

Recent articles include 'The Cost of Orthodoxy', Church History and Religious Culture, vol. 93 (2013) 339-61, and 'Early Christianity and the discourse of female desire', repr. from Women in Ancient Societies, ed. L. J. Archer, S. Fischler and M. Wyke (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1994), 152-68, with an afterword, in The Religious History of the Roman Empire. Pagans, Jews and Christians, ed. J.A. North and S.R.F. Price (Oxford readings in Classical Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 505-30, and 'Byzantium and the limits of Orthodoxy', Raleigh Lecture in History, (Proceedings of the British Academy 154 2008), 139-52.


  1. ^ a b Donald MacLeod and Polly Curtis (31 December 2005). "Voices of education win New Year honours". Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Averil Cameron (28 October 1994). "Past Masters". The Times. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Sir Jonathan Phillips elected new Warden of Keble". Keble College, Oxford. 11 October 2009. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Appointments". The Church Times. 29 July 2005. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Past Presidents of the EHS | Ecclesiastical History Society". www.history.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Averil Cameron - Classics". www.classics.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  7. ^ "The Byzantine Society > About the Byzantine Society > Society Officers". 26 June 2018. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  8. ^ Lynne Williams (2 August 1996). "Honorary Degrees". Times. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  9. ^ edited by Harriet Swain and researched by Lynne Williams (25 September 1998). "Glittering prizes". Times. Retrieved 19 December 2010.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Fellows | Ecclesiastical History Society". www.history.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  11. ^ Markus, R. A. (1992). "Review of Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire. The Development of Christian Discourse. (Sather Classical Lectures, 55.)". The Journal of Theological Studies. 43 (2): 702, 701–705. doi:10.2307/23963957. JSTOR 23963957.