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Peter Heather is an historian of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, currently Professor of Medieval History at King's College Londonmarker.

Heather was born in Northern Irelandmarker in 1960. He was educated at Maidstone Grammar Schoolmarker and New College, Oxfordmarker (MA, DPhil). He has held appointments at University College Londonmarker and Yale Universitymarker and was Fellow and Tutor in Medieval History at Worcester College, Oxfordmarker until December 2007. He joined the history department of King's College Londonmarker in January 2008.

He is considered a leading authority on the barbarians in the Roman era.

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  • Peter Heather, The Goths and the Balkans, A.D. 350-500 (University of Oxford DPhil thesis 1987)

  • Peter Heather and John Matthews, The Goths in the Fourth Century (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1991)

  • Peter Heather, Goths and Romans 332-489 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991)

  • Peter Heather, 'The Huns and the End of the Roman Empire in Western Europe', English Historical Review cx (1995), pp. 4-41

  • E. A. Thompson, The Huns; revised and with an afterword by Peter Heather (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1996)

  • Peter Heather, The Goths (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996)

  • Peter Heather, ed., The Visigoths from the Migration Period to the Seventh Century: an ethnographic perspective (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1999)

  • Peter Heather, 'The Late Roman Art of Client Management: Imperial Defence in the Fourth Century West' in Walter Pohl, Ian Wood, and Helmut Reimitz, eds., The Transformation of Frontiers: From Late Antiquity to the Carolingians (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2001), pp. 15-68

  • Thomas Hodgkin, The Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire; introduced by Peter Heather (London: Folio Society, 2000-2003)

  • Politics, Philosophy, and Empire in the Fourth Century: Select Orations of Themistius; translated with an introduction by Peter Heather and David Moncur (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2001)

  • Peter Heather, 'State, Lordship and Community in the West (c.AD 400-600)' in Averil Cameron, Bryan Ward-Perkins, and Michael Whitby, eds., The Cambridge Ancient History, Volume xiv, Late Antiquity: Empire and Successors, A.D. 425-600 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 437-468

  • Peter Heather, Empires and Barbarians: Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe (London: Macmillan, 2009)


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