David Rafferty

David Rafferty

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


David Rafferty is a researcher in the political history of the Roman Republic. Since 2022 he has been an ARC DECRA Fellow in Classics, working on the project “How Republics Die: Rome's democratic breakdown in the first century BCE”.

David received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2016. He subsequently held a teaching position at Massey University in New Zealand (2017-19). He has published a monograph and several journal articles on ancient Roman and Greek history, and is active in the Australasian Roman History community.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Rafferty, D. (2021). Review of F. Cadiou, L'armée imaginaire. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2021.06.02.
    2021 Rafferty, D. (2021). Rural voters in roman elections. Transactions of the American Philological Association, 151(1), 127-153.
    DOI
    2019 Rafferty, D. (2019). B. STRAUMANN, CRISIS AND CONSTITUTIONALISM: ROMAN POLITICAL THOUGHT FROM THE FALL OF THE REPUBLIC TO THE AGE OF REVOLUTION. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xii + 414. <scp>isbn</scp>9780199950928 (bound); 9780190879532 (paper). £64.00 (bound); £22.99 (paper). - C. MOATTI, RES PUBLICA: HISTOIRE ROMAINE DE LA CHOSE PUBLIQUE. Paris: Fayard, 2018. Pp. 467. <scp>isbn</scp>9782213706276. €25.00.. Journal of Roman Studies, 109, 348-350.
    DOI
    2019 Rafferty, D. (2019). Review of K. Morrell, Pompey, Cato, and the Governance of the Roman Empire. Sehepunkte : Rezensionsjournal für Geschichtswissenschaften, 19(1).
    2017 Rafferty, D. (2017). Cisalpine Gaul as a Consular Province in the Late Republic. HISTORIA-ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ALTE GESCHICHTE, 66(2), 147-172.
    WoS3
    2017 Rafferty, D. (2017). People in power, societies in crisis – Greece –
    The Peloponnesian War (460 – 403 BC). Iris, 30, 61-71.
    2016 Rafferty, D. (2016). Fred K. Drogula, Commanders and Command in the Roman Republic and Early Empire. Chapel Hill, N. C., University of North Carolina Press 2015. Historische Zeitschrift, 302(2), 459-462.
    DOI
    2015 Rafferty, D. (2015). The Fall of the Roman Republic. Iris, 28, 58-69.
    2011 Rafferty, D. (2011). Review of F. Pina Polo, The Consul at Rome. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2011.10.42.
    2011 Rafferty, D. (2011). Review of H. Flower, Roman Republics. Melbourne Historical Journal, 38(1), 175-177.
    2011 Rafferty, D. (2011). Princeps Senatus. Melbourne Historical Journal, 39(2), 1-22.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2019 Rafferty, D. (2019). Provincial Allocations in Rome 123-52 BCE. Germany: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden GmbH.

I was awarded a DECRA by the ARC, which runs from 2022-2025. The project is entitled ".How Republics Die: Rome's democratic breakdown in the first century BCE"


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