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Dr Karl Dahm

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History  


I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on the role of the Roman family and household in late antique church conflicts, especially in the Greek metropolis of Constantinople and the Syriac speaking provinces of the Near East. My project concerns the impact that divisions within late antique Christianity had on both the real and the imagined world of the Roman household – the domus – and how, conversely, the mechanisms and conceptualisations of the domus shaped the ecclesiastical conflicts of late antiquity.

Previous to my current position, I was working as a temporary lecturer for Roman History at the University of Bristol. At the same time, I held a postdoctoral visiting fellowship at King's College London as well as the 'Germanicus Fellowship' which was generously funded by the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. 

In 2022, I completed my PhD at King's College London. In my thesis, I explored the construction, negotiation, and contestation of idealised types of authority by the two church historians, Socrates of Constantinople and Sozomen of Gaza, who compiled our main narratives of the pivotal ecclesiastical conflicts dominating the fourth and fifth centuries CE. I further have published on a variety of different aspects of late antique history, from conceptualisation of later Roman urbanism and the archaeology of late antique sea trade, to patterns of religious violence in North Africa and the use of intertextuality in church historiography as a literary means to construct inclusive and exclusive religious identities.


Articles and Chapters

  • “No Voice of Reason. Socrates of Constantinople’s adaptation of Athanasius of Alexandria as a Source for His Ecclesiastical History”, Journal of Late Antiquity 16.1 (2023), 74–105.

  • “Out with His Eye? Maiming Bishops During the Donatist Controversy”, Carlà-Uhink, Filippo (ed.), Justice Carved into the Body. Maiming Corporal Punishment in the Ancient Mediterranean World, forthcoming (2023), ca. 11.500 words.

  • “A Tale of Many Cities (and their Copies). Depictions of ‘Cities’ and ‘Forts’ in the Notitia Dignitatum”, Marko Jelusić/Anna Kaiser/Silvio Roggo/Alexander Reising (eds.), Ruling an Empire in a Changing World. Studies on Origin, Impact, and Reception of the Notitia Dignitatum. Proceedings of the International Conference at the University of Freiburg, 20.–23. November 2019, forthcoming (2023), ca. 7.500 words.

  • “Commotion, Rebellion, and War. Eusebius of Caesarea’s Narrative of Jewish Violence Against Roman Rule in His Ecclesiastical History”, Journal of Early Christian Studies 29.4 (2021), 495–523.

  • “Amphorenladungen spätantiker Schiffswracks im westlichen Mittelmeerraum. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Rekonstruktion römischen Seehandels”, Antiquité Tardive 25 (2018), 215–236.


  • “Hollerich, M.J. Making Christian History. Eusebius of Caesarea and His Readers (Oakland: University of California Press)”, Histos 18 (2024), forthcoming, ca. 2.500 words.

  • “Drijvers, J.W. The Forgotten Reign of the Emperor Jovian. 363–364. History and Fiction (Oxford: Oxford University Press)”, Fides et Historia 55.1 (2023), forthcoming, ca. 900 words.

  • “Kim, Y.R. The Cambridge Companion to the Council of Nicaea (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021)”, Classical Review 71.2, 522–525.

  • “Warnking, P. Der römische Seehandel zu seiner Blütezeit. Rahmenbedingungen, Seerouten, Wirtschaftlichkeit (Rahden: Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, 2015)”, Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaften 21 (2018), 1001–1006.


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