About our staff
Dr Alasdair Grant
Curatorial (Post-doctoral) Fellow
MA (Hons.), Latin and Mediaeval History (first class; top prize in Faculty of Arts), Univeristy of St Andrews (2011–15)
MSt, Late Antique and Byzantine Studies (distinction), Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford (2015–16)
PhD, History, University of Edinburgh (2016–21)
Visiting Doctoral Researcher, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (2017–18)
Junior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Harvard University), Washington, D.C. (2020)
Curatorial (Postdoctoral) Fellow, University of Edinburgh (2020–21)
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Near East
- Comparative & Global History
- Language & Literature
- Medieval & Renaissance
- Early Modern
- Eighteenth Century
- Nineteenth Century
- Scottish–Greek Connections
- Byzantine History
- Crusades and the Latin East
- Christian–Muslim Relations
- Textual Criticism
Current research activities
I am currently curating an exhibition highlighting Scottish–Greek connections to mark the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution, entitled 'Edina/Athena: The Greek Revolution and the Athens of the North, 1821–2021', supported by the A.G. Leventis Foundation. For more information, see: https://www.ed.ac.uk/history-classics-archaeology/classics/about/leventis/leventis-2021/exhib
My PhD was a study of inter-religious captivity in the late Byzantine world, c.1280–1450. It draws on a number of previously unpublished texts in Greek and Latin, and includes prosopographical data for around 1500 captured and/or enslaved Greek people.
I have published on the Italian maritime cities and the early crusades, and European knowledge of the Mongol invasions in the Middle East.
Knowledge Exchange and Impact
For a Q&A about my PhD project following my research report at Dumbarton Oaks, please visit this page.
As part of my curatorial role, I was invited to deliver the 2021 Bader Archive Lecture at the British School at Athens. A video of the talk, on 'George Finlay among the Scottish Philhellenes', can be found here.
I have also contributed to the BSA's podcast series for the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution, '21 Objects for '21'. My contribution concerns a publication of the Scottish philhellene, educationalist and attorney, Edward Masson.
My WordPress blog, 'Akrites', can be found here.
Peer-Reviewed Articles & Chapters:
'Scotland's "Vagabonding Greekes", 1453–1688', Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Forthcoming).
'Byzantium’s Ashes and the Bones of St Nicholas: Two Translations as Turning Points', in M. Kinloch & A. MacFarlane, Trends and Turning-Points: Constructing the Late Antique and Byzantine World (Leiden, 2019), pp. 247–65: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004395749_016
'The Mongol Invasions between Epistolography and Prophecy: The Case of the Letter “Ad flagellum”, c.1235/6-1338', Traditio 73 (2018), pp. 117–177: https://doi.org/10.1017/tdo.2018.6
'Pisan Perspectives: The "Carmen in victoriam" and Holy War, c.1000-1150', The English Historical Review, cxxxi, no. 552 (2016), pp. 983–1009: https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cew343
T. Sinclair, Eastern Trade and the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages: Pegolotti's Ayas–Tabriz Itinerary and Its Commercial Context, in Al-Masāq 33 (2021), pp. 89–92: https://doi.org/10.1080/09503110.2021.1877421
H. Barker, That Most Precious Merchandise: The Mediterranean Trade in Black Sea Slaves, 1260–1500, in Al-Masāq 32 (2020), pp. 357–60: https://doi.org/10.1080/09503110.2020.1815300
Enrico Pisano: Liber Maiorichinus de gestis Pisanorum illustribus, ed., with introduction, Giuseppe Scalia, commentary Alberto Bartola, tr. Marco Guardo, in The English Historical Review cxxxiv, no. 569 (2019), pp. 957–959: https://doi.org/10.1093/ehr/cez144