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Yr Athro Guy Bradley

Yr Athro Guy Bradley

Professor of Roman and Early Italian History’

Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

+44 (0)29 2087 6283
+44 (0)29 2087 4929
5.03, Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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Research interests

  • Cultural change and ethnicity in Ancient Italy
  • Early Roman history
  • Roman colonization in Italy


Education and qualifications

1990 BA Hons in Ancient and Medieval History, University College London

1991 MA in Ancient History, University College London

1997 PhD, University College London (Umbria from the Iron Age to the Augustan Era)

Career overview

1995-1996 Teaching Assistant, then Temporary Lecturer, University of Reading

1996-1998 Tutorial Fellow in Ancient History, Cardiff University

1998-2008 Lecturer in Ancient History, Cardiff University

2004-2007 Head of Ancient History Section

2008- Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, Cardiff University

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

  • 1992-1995 British Academy major state studentship for PhD
  • 2002-2003 AHRB Research Leave grant
  • 2003 Hugh Last Fellow at the British School at Rome
  • 2009-2010 Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Classical Studies

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Member of the Council of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 2002–2005
  • Member of Institute of Classical Studies Library Committee
  • External Examiner at Exeter University (2005–2007)
  • External Examiner at Oxford University (2007–2010)

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

  • Joint organiser with Dr John-Paul Wilson of the conference Parallels and Contrasts in Greek and Roman Colonisation: Origins, Ideologies, and Interactions, Institute of Classical Studies, 1998.
  • Invited lecture on the history of Umbria at the conference L'Etrurie et l'Ombrie avant Rome. Cité et territoire, 2004, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
  • Director of Studies of The Tribes of Ancient Italy - the first millennium, weekend school for the Dept. of Continuing Education, Oxford University, 2004.
  • A keynote speaker at the Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology 9, 2005, Chieti, Italy
  • Invited lecture for a research project entitled Peasants, Citizens and Soldiers. Key issues in the study of the Roman Republic, Leiden, Netherlands, 2006
  • Organiser and respondent of the panel 'Shifting Identities in Ancient Italy and Sicily', at the European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2006
  • Invited lecture on 'The Iuvanum Survey Project: fortifications' at the conference Iuvanum tra Sangro e Aventino. Ricerca, tutela, valorizzazione, Montenerodomo, Italy, 2008
  • Coordinator of the organising committee for the Classical Association Conference, Cardiff 7–10 April 2010




  • Bradley, G. 2019. State formation and the Social War. In: Hölkeskamp, K., Karataş, S. and Roth, R. eds. Empire, Hegemony or Anarchy? Rome and Italy, 180 – 30 BC. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, pp. 167-189.






  • Bradley, G. J. and Glinister, F. 2013. Italic religion. In: Bredholt Christensen, L., Hammer, O. and Warburton, D. eds. The Handbook of Religions in Ancient Europe. European History of Religions Durham: Acumen, pp. 173-191.
  • Bradley, G. J. 2013. Umbria and Picenum. In: Smith, C. ed. The Cambridge Ancient History VII. Plates volume. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 82-97.



  • Bradley, G. J. 2008. The Roman Republic. In: Bispham, E. ed. Roman Europe. Short Oxford History of Europe Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 32-68.




  • Bradley, G. J. 2005. Aspects of the cult of Hercules in central Italy. In: Bowden, H. and Rawlings, L. eds. Herakles and Hercules: Exploring a Graeco-Roman Divinity. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, pp. 129-151.
  • Bradley, G. J. 2005. The Iuvanum survey project: an ancient community in Samnium. Presented at: 6th Conference of Italian Archaeology, Groningen, The Netherlands, 15-17 April 2003 Presented at Attema, P., Nijboer, A. and Zifferero, A. eds.Papers in Italian Archaeology VI. Proceedings of the 6th Conference of Italian Archaeology, Vol. 2. BAR International Series Vol. 1452. Oxford: Archaeopress pp. 1024-1029.





My teaching centres mainly on Roman history, covering a period from the development of the archaic city of Rome to the early Principate, dealing with both chronological periods and also thematic issues such as Roman slavery and Romanisation. The modules I teach on are:


I also lecture and take seminars in the Greek and Roman Part One modules:


Research supervision

For PhD projects that I currently supervise, see under the Postgraduate Students tab. I would welcome supervising PhD students in the history and archaeology of Italy before the Roman Empire, and in the history and archaeology of early Rome.

Research interests

My research has focused on the history and archaeology of Italy and Rome in the first millennium BC, using approaches that draw on comparative historical and anthropological studies and the integrated use of archaeological, epigraphic and literary sources. My interests in ethnic identity and the formation of ancient communities has informed my archaeological research at Iuvanum in the central Italian Appennines, where the Iuvanum Survey Project, directed by myself and Oliva Menozzi (Chieti), has systematically investigated the territory of this well-excavated Roman city. Our results make Iuvanum one of the most extensively examined ancient cities in the upland areas of Italy, showing both how a pre-Roman community living in a dispersed settlement pattern emerged in the first millennium BC and how the community disintegrated at the end of the classical period.

My longer term intentions are to develop my research into several areas of Roman history:

  • cultural change and ethnicity in Ancient Italy
  • early Roman history
  • Roman colonization in Italy


Iuvanum Survey Project

I am a co-director of the Iuvanum Survey Project (20002005) in collaboration with Oliva Menozzi of the University of Chieti (Italy). The aim of the project has been to investigate the territory of a Roman town in Samnium by field walking and other survey techniques, and to integrate the results with a comprehensive and critical analysis of the evidence for the site's regional context. This project developed out of the excavation of Monte Pallano in the Sangro Valley Survey, and has been undertaken with the full support and cooperation of the Soprintendenza Archeologica per l'Abruzzo. The funders of the project are the British Academy, Cardiff University, the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, and the Society of Antiquaries.

For more details see:


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Jon Langston

Research student

Rhian Williams

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Adele Burnett

Research student

Harold Miles

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Joel Curzon

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