Lewis Blake Dagnall

Department of History

Research student & Teaching assistant


Thesis title: Imperial Subsidies to Barbarians in the Foreign Policy of Justinian I (527-565).




Thesis abstract

My research looks at the payments of gold which the Late Roman Empire made to its neighbours. These were regarded by recipients and by critical Romans as 'tribute', whereas Roman sources supportive of the payments called them 'gifts' or 'bribes'.

I will be focusing on the political debates around presenting these payments, but also considering their economic significance.

  • PhD History, University of Sheffield, 2017 - present
  • MA Historical Research, University of Sheffield, 2017
  • BA (Hons) History and Politics, University of Sheffield, 2014


PhD scholarship: AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities

Teaching activities

University of Sheffield Teaching Assistant 2020-21 academic year: 

  • HST116 Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
Professional activities
  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
  • Member of the British Institute of Persian Studies