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Dr Kate Gilliver

Dr Kate Gilliver

Senior Lecturer in Ancient History

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 (0)29 2087 4258
4.04, John Percival Building

Research interests

  • The Roman army
  • Roman military history and archaeology
  • Roman campaign camps
  • Roman military discipline
  • Siege warfare in the Roman world
  • The 'rules' of ancient warfare

Education and qualifications

1993 PhD, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

1988 BA (Classics and Classical Archaeology), King's College London

Career overview

1993– Lecturer in Ancient History, Cardiff University

1992–93 Rome Scholar, British School at Rome

Notable achievements

I am a regular contributor to TV programmes on aspects of Roman history, particularly the Roman army and warfare. These appearances include:

  • National Geographic channel Ancient Technology, 2006
  • UK History series War Women, 2003

Historical Consultant for the BBC Timewatch documentary Roman Soldiers to Be, 2001, which looked at the training of Roman soldiers through the words of the fourth-century military writer Vegetius, and the eyes (and suffering) of nine civilian volunteers who spent a week training and camping during the wettest winter on record.

Professional memberships

  • Member of Council, The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
  • Member of the Caerleon Research Group Committee

Speaking engagements

  • The Good, the Bad and the Consequences: Martial Values and Roman Warfare, Annual Caerleon Lecture, 2007
  • Decimation in the Roman Army, Classics Department research seminar, University of South Africa, 2005
  • Display in Roman Warfare, Classical Association of South Africa Conference, Pretoria, 2005
  • Battlefield Virtuosi: Courage and Display in Roman Warfare, Classical Association, University of Leeds, 2003


  • Gilliver, K. 2012. Gaius Julius Caesar. In: Martel, G. ed. The Encyclopedia of War.. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. -.
  • Gilliver, K. 2012. Roman legions. In: Martel, G. ed. The Encyclopedia of War.. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. -.