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Dr Sam Ottewill-Soulsby

Dr Sam Ottewill-Soulsby

Research Associate, Impact of the Ancient City Project

Fellow of Darwin College

Sidgwick Avenue


I am a medieval historian by training, writing my PhD thesis on ‘Carolingian Diplomacy with the Islamic World’ at the University of Cambridge (2017).

A Fellow of Darwin College, I am now working as part of the ERC funded Impact of the Ancient City project, where I examine the influence of ancient ideas of the city on medieval urban ideals and discourse in the Latin West.

Research Interests

Ancient and medieval urban ideals; Late Antiquity; the Carolingian World, al-Andalus; Early Islam; Holy War; camels

Key Publications

‘Carolingian Diplomacy’, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Diplomacy (Forthcoming)

‘“Sons of Belial”: Saracens in Papal Relations with the Carolingians’, Through the Papal Lens. Shaping History and Memory in Late Antique and Early Medieval Rome, 300-900, LUP Translated Texts for Historians Contexts (Forthcoming, 2018)

‘The Camels of Charles the Bald’, Medieval Encounters (Forthcoming, 2018)

“‘Those Same Cursed Saracens’: Charlemagne’s Campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula as Religious Warfare”, Journal of Medieval History, 42 (2016), 405-428

Upcoming events

Aesop's Forest: The Owl and the Grasshopper

Apr 04, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Art Blast

Apr 05, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

J.H Gray Lectures 2018

May 08, 2018

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Senior Research Fellowship, All Souls College, Oxford

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The Faculty congratulates Dr Lucia Prauscello, Reader in Greek Literature and Language, on her appointment to a Senior Research Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford.

Fixed-Term University Lectureship in Classics (Classical Linguistics and Comparative Philology)

Feb 09, 2018

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Dr Yannis Galanakis elected to The Archaeological Society at Athens

Feb 08, 2018

Dr Galanakis has been elected to a regular membership of The Archaeological Society at Athens, the oldest archaeological organisation in Greece established in 1837.

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