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Dr Karl Dahm

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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.


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