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.


Recently supervised MPhil work includes dissertations on the archive of the Sulpicii from Pompeii, and on female petitions about violence in Roman Egypt. I am currently supervising DPhil theses on law and citizenship in the provinces of Macedonia and Achaia, and on the development of Roman administration in Asia Minor in the first century BC.

I shall be on sabbatical in the academic year 2018/19.


Full Publications: gkantor_publications_september2017.pdf

Selected Publications:

Selected Publications

  • Property in Land in Roman Provinces

  • Introduction

  • Legalism

  • Legalism

  • The date and circumstances of Quintus Iulius Vestalis

  • More