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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

Affiliations

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Latest news

Regius Professorship of Greek

16 January 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...

University Assistant Professorship in Classics

15 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.