Lewis Blake Dagnall

School of History, Philosophy and Digital Humanities

Research student & Teaching assistant


Thesis title: The Price of Empire? Justinian I’s use of cash subsidies in foreign policy, 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

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2021)

Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Sheffield:

  • HST116 Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages (2018/19, 2020/21 and 2022/23)
  • AAP240 The Celtic West (2022/23)
Professional activities and memberships
  • 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