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Sihong Lin

Ecclesiastical Networks and the Papacy at the End of Late Antiquity, c.550-700.

My research deals with how the political and ecclesiastical networks of the sixth and seventh centuries continued to tie together people and ideas across Christian Europe, both within the Mediterranean world and beyond, at a time when these connections are often said to have collapsed already or were disintegrating due to the turmoil of this period. The papacy was a particularly active institution and its allies can be found in Anglo-Saxon England, Merovingian Gaul, as well as the Eastern Roman Empire, and this thesis takes their networks as a starting point to discussing how interconnected the Christian world remained after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. By re-examining together the Latin and Greek sources of this period and by placing them into conversation with each other, I argue that it is possible to find new parallels and continuities that linked together both the Northumbrian world of Bede and the cosmopolitan empires of the eastern Mediterranean, even at the 'end' of late antiquity.


Expected submission date

  • September 2018

Funding awards

  • School of Arts, Languages and Cultures Graduate Scholarship
  • President's Doctoral Scholarship

Research interests

Late Antiquity, Early Middle Ages, Global History, Mobility, Borders, History of Religion.

Additional information

I completed a BA in History and a MSc in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at the University of Oxford (2011-2015), with a special focus on cross-cultural exchanges in late antiquity. This remains my focus during my PhD and I am interested in all aspects of movement and transnational exchange, particularly in integrating concepts from the social sciences into historical studies.

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