Lewis Blake Dagnall

Department of History

Research student


Thesis title: Tribute and the Transformation of the Later Roman World (c.284-602 CE).




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

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