Christopher Mallan

Dr, DPhil (Oxon), MPhil (Queensland), BA (Honours I) (Queensland)

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Chris Mallan is an ancient historian who works in the areas of Roman Imperial History, Historiography and the reception of the Greco-Roman historiographical tradition in Byzantium.

Dr Mallan joined the staff of the University of Western Australia as Senior Lecturer in Ancient History in 2018 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2022. Prior to this, he was the college Lecturer in Ancient History at St Benet's Hall (2015-2017) and Lecturer in Roman History at The Queen's College (2017) at the University of Oxford. Between 2015-2016 he also held the post of Titular Lecturer in Classics at Wadham College.

Dr Mallan received his DPhil from the University of Oxford (Wadham College). Before that he studied at the University of Queensland, where he received his BA (Hons. I) and MPhil. 

Previous positions

College Lecturer in Ancient History, St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford (2015-2017)
College Lecturer in Roman History, The Queen's College, University of Oxford (2017)

Current projects

  • (with Theofili Kampianaki) A Companion to Byzantine Epitomes 
  • (with Eleanor Cowan) Making Sense of Monarchy 

Teaching overview

Dr Mallan teaches and co-ordinates all the Roman History units offered at UWA. These units include: CLAN2002 Power and Politics in the Early Roman Empire, 44 BC - AD 68; CLAN3011 Sex, Gender, and the Body in the Greco-Roman World; CLAN3006 The Roman Revolution (Roman History 146BC-44BC); CLAN3009 Religion, Society and the Divine in the Roman World: From Augustus to Augustine. He also teaches the Honours level historiography unit, CLAN4105 Literature, Narrative, History, as well as Greek 3 (CLAN3203).  

Dr Mallan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 



Roman Imperial History, Greco-Roman Historiography, Cassius Dio, Roman Political Thought, Byzantine Epitomes and Excerpta

Roles and responsibilities

  • Discipline Group Chair: Classics and Ancient History (2020-2022)
  • Major Coordinator: Classics and Ancient History (2023 Jan-June)
  • Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) (2022- )

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ancient History, DPhil , A Historical and Historiographical Commentary on Cassius Dio's Roman History, Book 57.1.1-17.8, University of Oxford

Award Date: 30 Jun 2015

Research expertise keywords

  • Roman History
  • Greco-Roman Historiography
  • Cassius Dio
  • Tiberius (Roman Emperor)
  • Pseudepigrapha
  • Byzantium


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