Dr Federico Santangelo
Lecturer in Ancient History

  • Email: federico.santangelo@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7978
  • Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology
    Armstrong Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom


Federico Santangelo took his first degree at Bologna, where he studied at the Collegio Superiore, and holds a PhD from University College London. He is the author of Sulla, the Elites and the Empire. A Study of Roman Policies in Italy and the Greek East (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2007) and Divination, Prediction and the End of the Roman Republic (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2013). He was a member of the research group that edited Imagines Italicae, the first complete corpus of Italic inscriptions, under the direction of Michael Crawford (Imagines Italicae. A Corpus of Italic Inscriptions, London 2011). He is the co-editor, with James Richardson, of a book on Priests and State in the Roman world (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2011). He works and publishes on Roman religion, on problems of local and municipal administration in the Roman world, on the political and intellectual history of the late Republic, and on the history of classical scholarship. He is the Secretary of the Editorial Board of Histos, the online journal of ancient historiography.


Office: Armstrong Building, room 01.40B.

Office hours, Sem 1 2013/2014:

Tuesday 15-17

Wednesday   12-13


Ph.D., University College London (2006)
Licenza, Collegio Superiore, Università di Bologna (2002)
Laurea, Università degli Studi, Bologna (2002)


Select publications


Sulla, the Elites and the Empire. A Study of Roman Policies in Italy and the Greek East (Impact of Empire 8), Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2007.                           

(with M. H. Crawford, W. M. Broadhead, J. P. T. Clackson, S. Thompson, M. Watmough), Imagines Italicae. A Corpus of Italic Inscriptions (BICS Supplement 110), London: Institute of Classical Studies, 2011.

Divination, Prediction, and the Fall of the Roman Republic, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Edited Books 

(with James H. Richardson) Priests and State in the Roman World (Potsdamer Altertumswissenschaftliche Beiträge 33), Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2011.

(with James H. Richardson) The Roman Historical Tradition: Regal and Republican Periods (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies), under contract with Oxford University Press.

(with Angelo Giavatto) La retorica e la scienza dell'antico. Lo stile dei classicisti italiani nel XX secolo, in press with Verlag Antike (Rezeption der Antike).


‘Memnone di Eraclea e il dominio romano in Asia Minore’, Simblos 4 (2004), 247-261.

‘The Religious Tradition of the Gracchi’, Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 7 (2005), 198-214.

Fundus Atilianus Arruntianus Innielius Antias. A Note on the Topography of Veleia’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 153 (2005), 267-268.

‘Prodigies at Privernum. A Note on Cicero, div. I 97’, Ancient Society 35 (2005), 167-173.

‘Confini di città e confini di pagi nell’Italia romana: il problema del “dualismo limitaneo”’, in L. Capogrossi Colognesi-E. Gabba (eds.), Gli statuti municipali, Pavia 2006, 615-626.

‘George Grote’s Early Papers on Roman Culture’, Quaderni di storia 63 (2006), 57-109.

‘Demagoghi romani e fiorentini in Machiavelli’, Latomus 65 (2006), 155-167.

‘Magnesia sul Meandro alla vigilia della prima guerra mitridatica. Nota sulla cronologia di I.Magn. 100b’, Epigraphica Anatolica 39 (2006), 133-138.

‘Da Cafo a ‘cafone’?’, La Parola del Passato 349 (2006), 302-305.

‘Pompey and Religion’, Hermes 135 (2007), 228-233.

‘Sylla et l’Égypte’, Revue de Philologie 79 (2005) [published in 2007], 325-328.

‘Prediction and Divination in Diodorus’, Dialogues d’histoire ancienne 33 (2007), 115-126.

‘Sulla and the Senate: a Reconsideration’, Cahiers du Centre Gustave-Glotz 17 (2006) [publ. 2008], 7-22.

‘A Survey of Recent Scholarship on the Age of the Gracchi (1985-2005)’, Topoi. Orient-Occident 15 (2007) [publ. 2008], 465-510.

‘Cicero and Marius’, Athenaeum 96 (2008), 597-607.

‘The Fetials and their ius’, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 51 (2008), 63-93.

‘Le Quotidien d’une cité exceptionnelle : élites et évergétisme dans la Carthage romaine’, in C. Berrendonner - M. Cébeillac-Gervasoni - L. Lamoine (eds.), Le quotidien municipal dans l’Occident romain, Clermont-Ferrand 2008, 459-471.

(with F. Papagni) Italian edition of A. Krawczuk, Kolonizacja sullańska [Sullan Colonization], Krakow 1960, with introduction and notes, Simblos 5 (2008), 7-99.

‘With or Without You: Some Late Hellenistic Narratives of Contemporary History’, Scripta Classica Israelica 28 (2009), 57-78.

‘What did the Cloatii do for Gytheum? A Note on Syll.3 748’, Historia 58 (2009), 361-366.

Entries on ‘Brithagoras from Heraclea Pontica’, ‘Propylos from Heraclea Pontica’, and ‘Thrasymedes from Heraclea Pontica’, in A. Coşkun (ed.), Amici Populi Romani (APR 03), Waterloo, On. 2010.

‘New Citizens from Gades: a Note on Cicero, Balb. 22.50’, Philologus 154 (2010), 145-147.

‘The Importance of Talking to the Emperor: Italo Calvino’s Nerone e Berta’, International Journal of the Classical Tradition 17 (2010), 423-435.

‘Warfare and Local Government in Appian’, in L. Lamoine-C. Berrendonner-M .Cébeillac Gervasoni (eds.), La Praxis municipale dans l’Occident romain, Clermont-Ferrand 2010, 31-41.

‘Romanizarea Italiei. Aspecte si perspective noi’, in A. Rubel (ed.), Romanizarea. Impunere si adeziune în Imperiul Roman, Iasi 2011, 28-39.

Pax deorum and Pontiffs’, in J. H. Richardson-F. Santangelo (eds.), Priests and State in the Roman World, Stuttgart 2011, 161-186.

‘Whose Sacrilege? A Note on Sal. 5.14’, Classical World 104 (2011), 333-338.

'Law and Divination in the Late Roman Republic', in O. Tellegen-Couperus (ed.), Law and Religion in the Roman Republic, Mnemosyne Supplement 336, Leiden-Boston 2012, 31-54.

'Authoritative Forgeries: Late Republican History Re-told in Pseudo-Sallust', Histos 6 (2012), 27-51.

'From Pompeii to Ameria: Patrimonies and Institutions in the Age of Sulla', in C. Berrendonner - M. Cebeillac-Gervasoni- L. Lamoine (eds.), Gérer les territoires, les patrimoines et les crises, forthcoming Clermont-Ferrand 2012, 417-431.

'Sullanus and Sullani', Arctos 46 (2012), 187-191.

'Costantino nella storiografia italiana su Roma', in A. Melloni (ed.), Costantino I. Enciclopedia Costantiniana sulla figura e l'immagine dell'imperatore del cosiddetto Editto di Milano 313-2013, III, Rome 2013, 263-281.

'The Romanisation of Italy. New Work and New Problems', in A. Rubel (ed.), Imperium und Romanisierung. Neue Forschungsansaetze aus Ost und West zu Ausuebung, Transformation und Akzeptanz von Herrschaft im Roemischen Reich, Konstanz 2013, 27-36.

 Edition of R. Syme, 'Tacite et Proust', Histos 7 (2013), 128-145 ('Editorial Note', 128-130).

 'Priestly auctoritas in the Roman Republic', Classical Quarterly 63 (2013), 743-763. 

 'Uno 'storico di battaglie': lo stile di Gaetano De Sanctis', in press in A. Giavatto-F. Santangelo (eds.), La retorica e la scienza dell'antico. Lo stile dei classicisti italiani nel Ventesimo secolo, Heidelberg 2013.

'I feziali fra rituale, diplomazia e tradizioni inventate', in press in G. Urso (ed.), Sacerdos. Figure del sacro nella societa' romana, Pisa 2014.

'Le elites e il centro del potere nell'Italia dei Flavi', in press in L. Capogrossi Colognesi (ed.), L'Italia dei Flavi, Rome 2014.

Entries on 'Prodigies', 'Venus' and 'Dis' in E. M. Orlin et al. (eds.), The Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, forthcoming.

Book reviews and brief notices in Anzeiger fuer die Altertumswissenschaft, Athenaeum, Belfagor, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Classical Bulletin, Classical Review, Eos, Gnomon, Gymnasium, H-Soz-u-Kult, International History Review, Journal of Classics Teaching, Journal of Roman Studies, Latomus, Orizzonti, Rivista Italiana di Numismatica e Scienze Affini, Rivista Storica Italiana.


Latest update: 20.11.13

Research Interests

Roman Republican history; Ancient divination; Roman colonisation; Ancient historiography; History of classical scholarship.

Current Work

He is currently working on a monograph on cultures of prediction and divination between late Republic and early Principate, under contract with Cambridge University Press. He is also working on several articles on the history of Roman Italy and aspects of Roman religion. He is co-editing some volumes: a book on wealth in the Greek and Roman world (with Errietta Bissa); a volume based on the proceedings of a workshop on 'La retorica e la scienza dell'antico. Lo stile dei classicisti italiani nel Ventesimo Secolo', which was held in Bologna in December 2010 (with Angelo Giavatto); a book on the life and work of the Hungarian historian Andreas Alfoeldi (with James Richardson); and a collection of essays on the Roman historical tradition, currently under contract for the Oxford Reading in Classical Studies series (with James Richardson). He is the organiser, with Marta Garcia Morcillo and James Richardson, of a conference entitled 'Ruin or Renewal? Places and the Transformation of Memory in the City of Rome', to be held at Lampeter on 9-10 March 2012.


Undergraduate Teaching, 2012/2013

Semester 1:

The Fall of the Roman Republic (CAH3033, 3rd year)

Issues in Ancient History (CAH2008, 2nd year)

Portfolio in Ancient History II (CAH3020, 3rd year)

Later Mediterranean Prehistory (ARA3100, 3rd year)


Semester 2:

Road to Empire: Roman History 510-31 BC (CAH1013, 1st year)

Case Studies in Ancient II - A Roman Conspiracy (CAH1002, 1st year)

Portfolio in Ancient History I (CAH2009, 2nd year)

Portfolio in Ancient History III (CAH3021, 3rd year)

Postgraduate Teaching, 2012/2013

Semester 1:

Approaches to Ancient History Research I (CAH8019)

Research Skills and Dissertation Training (CAC8000)


Semester 2:

Research Skills and Dissertation Training (CAC8000)