Dr Georgy Kantor

Academic Background

I studied at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, and Balliol College, Oxford, and worked at Wadham and New College before joining St John’s as a tutorial fellow in 2012.

Research Interests

I work on Roman legal and institutional history, particularly in the eastern provinces, epigraphy of the Roman world (both Latin and Greek), and on institutional developments in the Greek poleis of the Hellenistic and Roman period, especially in Asia Minor and the Black Sea region. I am also interested more broadly in comparative legal history and anthropology.

I am preparing for publication a monograph on Law in Roman Asia Minor (133 BC–AD 212), somewhat loosely based on my doctoral thesis, and have published on a range of related topics, including a survey chapter on 'Greek Law under the Romans' in the Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Law. A more distant plan is to work on social and institutional history of the province of Lycia-Pamphylia (an exciting region in the south-west of Asia Minor) to the beginning of the fourth century AD. With Hannah Skoda and Tom Lambert, I have co-edited Legalism: Property and Ownership, the fourth volume in a hugely exciting interdisciplinary series (Oxford University Press, 2017).

I am also an associate editor of the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum with responsibility for the Black Sea and Danubian regions, and serve on the editorial board of the Vestnik drevnej istorii (journal of ancient history of the Russian Academy). Occasionally I blog on research-related topics at https://georgykantorblog.wordpress.com/.

Research Keywords

Roman legal history, comparative legal history,Roman epigraphy, Roman provinces, Greek city under Rome, Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor, Black Sea in antiquity.


I give tutorials in all of undergraduate Roman history papers (and some of Greek history), and lecture on Roman inscriptions, institutions, and political history of the late Republic and early Empire. I am also involved in teaching faculty classes on Greek City in the Roman World from Dio Chrysostom to John Chrysostom, a very exciting new undergraduate paper which I have helped to put on the syllabus. I am always happy to supervise DPhil or Master’s students working on Roman law and institutions or on institutional and social history of Greek cities under Rome. Recent research topics I have supervised include law and citizenship in the Roman provinces of Achaia and Macedonia, violence against women in petitions from Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, Roman law and Greek tradition in credit transactions of the first-century AD Puteoli, and ideological and institutional development of Roman governance in the province of Asia in the late Republican and Augustan age. I am currently supervising a D.Phil. thesis on the interaction of legislation and juristic thought in Augustan Rome.


Full Publications: Gkantor Publications November 2020

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Selected Publications