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Scullard's father was Herbert Hayes Scullard, a minister, and his mother Barbara Louisa Dodds.
Born in Bedford, England, his early education was at Highgate School, followed by St. John's College, Cambridge. He was a tutor and then reader at New College London, from 1935 to 1959, when he became Professor of Ancient History at King's College London, retiring in 1970.
Perhaps his most widely known work is From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome from 133 B.C. to A.D. 68, a text widely used by students studying Rome in the late republic, as well as Rome under the Julio-Claudians.
- Scipio Africanus in the Second Punic War Thirlwall Prize Essay (University Press, Cambridge, 1930)
- A history of the Roman world from 753 to 146 BC (Methuen, London, 1935; 4th edition, Routledge, 1982 and later printings)
- editor (with H. E. Butler), Livy, Book XXX (Methuen, London, 1939)
- Roman politics (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1951)
- editor Atlas of the Classical World (Nelson, London and Edinburgh, 1959)
- From the Gracchi to Nero: a history of Rome from 133 B.C. to A.D. 68 (Methuen, London, 1959; 5th edition, Routledge, 1980, and later printings)
- editor, The grandeur that was Rome (Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1961)
- Shorter atlas of the classical world (Thomas Nelson and Sons, Edinburgh, 1962)
- The Etruscan cities and Rome (Thames and Hudson, London, 1967)
- Scipio Africanus: soldier and politician (Thames and Hudson, London, 1970)
- editor (with N. G. L. Hammond), Oxford Classical Dictionary (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1970)
- The elephant in the Greek and Roman world (Thames and Hudson, London, 1974)
- A history of Rome down to the reign of Constantine (Macmillan, London, 1975)
- Roman Britain: outpost of the Empire (Thames and Hudson, London, 1979)
- Festivals and ceremonies of the Roman Republic (Thames and Hudson, London, c1981)
- Necrology by F.W. Walbank in Proceedings of the British Academy 69, 595-610.
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