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About Graham Barrett

I am a Lecturer in Roman History and Material Culture, joining the School of History and Heritage in 2016. My field of research is the archaeology of Latin literacy in the Iberian Peninsula and western Europe more generally over the longue durée – not how much there may have been, but why there was any at all, and how it operated in practice; the written record of the past as a product of the society and culture which we as historians use it to describe. Working with the full range of surviving evidence, I chart continuities and changes in the contexts in which Latin was deployed as the defining element of the Roman legacy to the early medieval West. I am happy to supervise dissertations in any of these fields. Before coming to the University of Lincoln, I was a Junior Research Fellow in Medieval History at St John’s College, Oxford, from 2012 to 2016, during which time I developed my interest in texts and the materiality of transmission. From 2011 to 2012 I was also a Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of History, King’s College London. I completed my DPhil in History, ‘The Written and the World in Early Medieval Iberia’, at Balliol College, Oxford, in 2015, under the supervision of Professor Chris Wickham; and my MSt in Medieval History, ‘Everyday Literacy in Visigothic Spain’, at Balliol in 2008. Before moving to the UK from Canada, I earned a BA (Hons) in History and Latin at Victoria College, University of Toronto, in 2007.

Department Responsibilities

At Lincoln I teach Roman, late antique, and medieval history at the undergraduate and graduate levels; I also teach Classical and medieval Latin and medieval palaeography, diplomatic, and codicology at the graduate level. Modules which I teach on the BA in History include: -HST1031M. The Medieval World, 300-1500 -HST1035M. The Historian’s Craft -HST1038M. Introduction to Visual and Material Culture -HST2043M. From Caesar to Arthur: the Rise and Fall of Roman Britain -HST2055M. The World of Late Antiquity, 150-750 -HST2071M. The Emperor in the Roman World -HST3077M. Rome and Constantinople: Monuments and Memory, 200-1200 -HST3079M. The Roman City -HST3080M. The Roman Countryside Modules which I teach on the MA in Medieval Studies include: -HST9052M. Medieval Iberia: People, Power, and Place -HST9053M. How the West was Won: Bishops, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World, 300-600 -HST9057M. Medieval Palaeography and Diplomatic -HST9058M. Introductory Medieval Latin

Subject Specialism

Latin language and literacy; Roman history; medieval history; Iberian Peninsula; material culture


  • Fellowship — Higher Education Academy, 2018
  • DPhil in History — Balliol College, Oxford, 2015
  • MSt in Medieval History — Balliol College, Oxford, 2008
  • BA (Hons) in History and Latin — Victoria College, Toronto, 2007


  • Santander International Exchange Mobility Award — University of Lincoln,
  • Junior Research Fellowship — St John’s College, Oxford,
  • Royal Historical Society Centenary Scholarship — Institute of Historical Research, London,
  • Sir George Labouchère Award — University of Oxford,
  • Santander Academic Travel Award — University of Oxford,
  • Devorguilla Scholarship — Balliol College, Oxford,
  • Overseas Research Student Award — University of Oxford,
  • Doctoral Scholarship — Clarendon Fund, Oxford,
  • George Brown Gold Medal — Victoria College, Toronto,
  • Chancellor Northrop Frye Gold Medal — Victoria College, Toronto,
  • Professor D.O. Robson Graduate Award — Victoria College, Toronto,
  • Master’s Scholarship — Clarendon Fund, Oxford,


Representative, Council of University Classics Departments ( Member, Board of Governors, Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood, London (

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Research Interests

  • Iberian Peninsula

  • Latin language and literacy

  • Material Culture

  • Medieval History

  • Roman history

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • LatinNow. Latinization of the North-Western Provinces: Sociolinguistics, Epigraphy, and Archaeology — European Research Council in 2017
  • Formas y escalas de las divisiones del espacio en el noroeste de la Península Ibérica (AD 700-1035) — Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in 2017
  • The Making of Charlemagne’s Europe — Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2012


Peer Review Colección Biblioteca de Historia, CSIC Reti Medievali: Rivista Speculum: a Journal of Medieval Studies Translated Texts for Historians, Liverpool University Press Early Medieval Europe Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean Networks and Neighbours The Medieval Chronicle, Brill Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies