A Roman social and cultural historian, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill was Master of the College from 2009 to 2013.

For the previous 14 years he served as Director of the British School at Rome. Born in Oxford, son of a distinguished historian of the early middle ages (John Michael Wallace-Hadrill), he took his first degree in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and his doctorate, on Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars, at St John's College in the same University.

He moved to Cambridge for his first post, as a Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Magdalene College (1976-1983), publishing a book on Suetonius and articles on aspects of Roman imperial ideology. After a spell in Leicester (1983-1987), during which he worked closely with colleagues in sociology and urban history and edited two volumes, he moved to Reading as Professor of Classics (1987-2009).

He edited the Journal of Roman Studies, the leading journal of Roman history and culture, from 1991 to 1995. Interest in Roman material culture led to the publication of a study of Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (1994), which won the Archaeological Institute of America's James R. Wiseman Award. His work in Pompeii led to the development of a joint project with Professor Michael Fulford on a group of houses in Pompeii, and to appointment as Director of the British School at Rome (1995-2009), a post he held simultaneously with the professorship at Reading.

From 2001 to 2016 he directed the Herculaneum Conservation Project, a project of the Packard Humanities Institute which aims to protect and study this unique site.

His publications include, most recently, Rome's Cultural Revolution (2008), published by Cambridge University Press, and Herculaneum: Past and Future (Frances Lincoln, 2011). He has held visiting fellowships at Princeton University and the Getty Museum, and is a frequent contributor to radio and television broadcasts. He was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to Anglo-Italian cultural relations. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010, and appointed from October 2010 by the University of Cambridge to the title of Professor of Roman Studies.

Professor Wallace-Hadrill held the title of  Director of Research in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge from 2013 to 2016. He is currently Principal Investigator of a project on the Impact of the Ancient City, for which he holds an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (2016-2022).

Publications, Links, and Resources


Suetonius: the Scholar and his Caesars, 216pp. Duckworth and Yale, 1983; second paperback edition, as Suetonius, Bristol Classical Press 1995

(editor) Patronage in Ancient Society (Leicester-Nottingham Studies in Ancient Society vol i). Routledge 1989 (awarded Croom Helm Ancient History Prize for 1988)

(edited with J.W. Rich) City and Country in the Ancient World (Leicester-Nottingham Studies in Ancient Society vol ii). Routledge 1991

Augustan Rome (Classical World series, Bristol Classical Press/Duckworth 1993)

Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (Princeton University Press 1994). Awarded AIA James R. Wiseman book award for 1995.

(edited with R. Laurence) Domestic Space in the Roman World: Pompeii and Beyond (JRA Suppl.22, 1997).

The British School at Rome: One Hundred Years (Rome, 2001)

Rome's Cultural Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Herculaneum: Past and Future (Frances Lincoln, 2011)