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Faculty of Classics

 

Biography

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

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

Publications

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

Research Associate, Impact of the Ancient City Project
Fellow of Darwin College
Dr Sam  Ottewill-Soulsby
Not available for consultancy

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John Donaldson

27 September 2022

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is very sad to report the death on 21 September 2022 of its former Assistant Curator, John Donaldson. John worked in the Museum from 1988 until his retirement in in March 2013. Indeed, the Museum looks the way it does in large part because of John, who was as happy painting bases as he...

Joyce Reynolds FBA (1918–2022)

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The Faculty of Classics is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Joyce Reynolds FBA. She was Reader Emerita in Roman Historical Epigraphy, Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, where she was Director of Studies in Classics from 1951 to 1979. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the...

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Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) awarded ERC grant

16 March 2022

Philippa Steele, Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of 2 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the visual properties of pre-modern writing. The five-year project, Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS), will...