Department of Ancient History

Dr Caillan Davenport

Dr Caillan Davenport


Lecturer in Roman History
BA (Hons) MPhil (Qld.) DPhil (Oxon.)




Dr Caillan Davenport is a Lecturer in Roman History at Macquarie University. He completed his BA (Hons) and MPhil at the University of Queensland. He then undertook a DPhil at the University of Oxford supported by a John Crampton Travelling Scholarship. He has been a Junior Fellow at the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS) at Macquarie University, and a Rome Awardee at the British School at Rome. In 2015-2017, Dr Davenport is a DECRA Research Fellow directing the project 'Popular Perceptions of Roman Emperors from Augustus to Theodosius I', funded by the Australian Research Council. He taught Latin and Ancient History at the University of Queensland for six and a half years before moving to Macquarie in June 2017.

Dr Davenport's published research focuses on Roman history from the Roman Republic through to Late Antiquity, with a special focus on Roman emperors. In addition to his specialist publications, he enjoys communicating his love of the Roman world through talks and articles for school students and the general public. In the past few years, he has given talks at the Abbey Museum in Caboolture, the Australian Museum in Sydney, the ANU Classics Museum in Canberra, the Queensland Solomos Society, and the Queensland Friends of Antiquity. While at UQ, he presented seminars for senior students at the Queensland History Teachers Association and ran Latin outreach events for many years. He co-writes the popular 'Mythbusting Ancient Rome' series of articles for The Conversation with Dr Shushma Malik. He can be found on Twitter @DrCDavenport, tweeting mainly about Roman emperors.

Research Interests

  • Roman emperors, imperial politics, ideology, and popular perceptions from Augustus to Late Antiquity
  • The senatorial and equestrian orders in Roman politics and society from the Republic to Late Antiquity
  • Documentary evidence in the Roman world, especially inscriptions and coins
  • Roman letter-writing, especially the letters of Fronto and Marcus Aurelius
  • Roman historiography, especially of the third century A.D.

Grants and Awards

  • 2015-2017 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
  • 2013 University of Queensland Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award
  • 2013 University of Queensland Arts Research Training Experience Grant
  • 2012 University of Queensland New Staff Research Grant
  • 2008 Rome Award, British School at Rome
  • 2006-2009 John Crampton Travelling Scholarship
  • 2005 Junior Fellowship, Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, Macquarie University



  • Davenport, C. A History of the Roman Equestrian Order (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2018).
  • Davenport, C. and Manley, J. (eds. and trans.) Fronto: Selected Letters (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2013).

Book chapters

  • Davenport C. forthcoming. 'The Dynamics of Imperial Government: Collegiality and Regionalism', in N. Baker-Brian and S. Tougher (eds.), The Reigns of the Sons of Constantine: A History of the Roman Empire, A.D. 337-361 (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge).
  • Davenport, C. 'Inscribing Senatorial Status and Identity, A.D. 200-350', in A. Kuhn (ed.) Social Status and Prestige in the Graeco-Roman World (Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, 2015), 269-290.
  • Davenport, C. 'Imperial Ideology and Commemorative Culture in the Eastern Roman Empire, A.D. 284-450', in D. Dzino and K. Parry (eds), Byzantium, its Neighbours and its Cultures. Byzantina Australiensia 20 (Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, Brisbane, 2014), 45-70.


  • Davenport, C. 'The Sexual Habits of Caracalla: Rumour, Gossip, and Historiography', Histos (2017), forthcoming.
  • Davenport, C. 'Fashioning a Soldier Emperor: Maximian, Pannonia, and the Panegyrics of 289 and 291', Phoenix 70.3-4 (2016), 381-400
  • Davenport, C. 'The Prefecture of Caecilius Consultius', Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 52 (2015), 275-281.
  • Mallan, C. and Davenport, C. 'Dexippus and the Gothic Invasions: Interpreting the New Vienna Fragment', Journal of Roman Studies 105 (2015), 203-226.
  • Davenport, C. and Mallan, C. 'Hadrian's Adoption Speech in Cassius Dio's Roman History and the Problems of Imperial Succession', American Journal of Philology 135.4 (2014), 637-668.
  • Davenport, C. 'M. Claudius Tacitus: Senator or Soldier?', Latomus 73.1 (2014), 174-187.
  • Davenport, C. 'The Conduct of Vitellius in Cassius Dio's Roman History', Historia 63.1 (2014), 96-116.
  • Davenport, C. and Mallan, C. 'Dexippus' Letter of Decius: Context and Interpretation', Museum Helveticum 70.1 (2013), 57-73.
  • Davenport, C. 'The Governors of Achaia under Diocletian and Constantine', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 184 (2013), 225-234.
  • Davenport, C. 'Cassius Dio and Caracalla', Classical Quarterly 62.2 (2012), 796-815.
  • Davenport, C. 'Soldiers and Equestrian Rank in the Third Century A.D.', Papers of the British School at Rome 80 (2012), 89-123.
  • Davenport, C. 'The Provincial Appointments of the Emperor Macrinus', Antichthon 46 (2012), 184-203.
  • Davenport, C. 'Iterated Consulships and the Government of Severus Alexander', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 177 (2011), 281-288.
  • Davenport, C. 'The Building Inscription from the Fort at Udruh and Aelius Flavianus, Tetrarchic praeses of Palaestina', Journal of Roman Archaeology 23 (2010), 349-357.

Media Publications and Interviews