Campus Directory: Christopher Epplett

University of Lethbridge

Christopher Epplett
History and Religion Department
Office: C868 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-5143
Fax: (403) 329-5108


B.A. (Hons) McMaster University; M.A. McMaster University; Ph.D. University of British Columbia.


Ancient military and social history, Hellenistic world and the later Roman Empire, Gladiatorial combat in the ancient world

Research Areas

Animal spectacles of the Roman Empire, Irregular Roman forts of the Julio-Claudian period on the Rhine frontier

Previous Research Areas

Ancient exploration, Procurement of exotic animals in antiquity, Roman animal spectacles in late antiquity, War elephants in the Hellenistic period

Alternate Languages



HISTORY 1000: Western Civilization
HISTORY 2001: Main Themes in Ancient History
HISTORY 3007: Greek and Roman Mythology
HISTORY 3100: The Roman Revolution: From Republic to Empire
HISTORY 3100: The Ancient Greek City-State
HISTORY 3100: The Later Roman Empire
HISTORY 3100: The Hellenistic Age
HISTORY 4001: Ancient Warfare and Society
HISTORY 4001: Ancient Sports and Entertainment

Research Interests

Chris' broad research interests are ancient military and social history, in particular that of the Hellenistic world and the later Roman Empire. One of Chris' particular interests is spectacles, such as gladiatorial combat, in the ancient world. He wrote his dissertation on the Roman beast-hunts, and has published a number of articles on the same subject.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Irregular Roman Forts Germany, Holland, Switzerland University of Lethbridge Research Fund, $4,500, 2003 - current.

Chris Epplett, University of Lethbridge Tony Barrett, University of British Columbia
Writing book on “Animal Spectacles of the Roman Empire"

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
“War Elephants in the Hellenistic Period” 2006
“Anastasius and the Venationes” 2004
“Winter Warfare in Antiquity: Image and Reality” 2003
“The Preparation of Animals for Roman Spectacula. Vivaria and their Administration” 2003
“The Capture of Animals by the Roman Military” 2001

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