Michael Whitby studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he also completed his doctoral research before enjoying a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton. He taught Ancient History at St Andrews, where he became professor in 1995 before moving to Warwick in 1996 as Professor of Classics and Ancient History, where he was appointed Chair of Faculty (2001) and then Pro-Vice-Chancellor (2003). In 2010 he moved to Birmingham as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts & Law. Michael was co-editor of Cambridge Ancient History XIV (425-600) and of The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare, as well as founder editor of the Brill series on The Medieval Mediterranean; he currently sits on the editorial board of the Liverpool series Translated Texts for Historians. He was awarded a D.Litt. by the University of Warwick for his work on Late Roman history. He has written or edited a dozen books, and numerous articles or book chapters.