Anthony Smart

Lecturer: History

School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy


T: 01904 876758

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I am Lecturer in Ancient and Medieval History at York St John University. I was a Visiting Lecturer in the academic year 2012-2013, and joined the team as a full member of academic staff in September 2013. I studied previously at the University of York, specializing in the writings and manuscripts of Archbishop Wulfstan (d. 1023).

I am currently looking at law and empire in the ancient world and the role of violence in the Early Middle Ages.

Modules: The Making of Britain, Empires, The Visible Past, The World After Rome, The First Crusade, Late Anglo-Saxon England

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Publications and Papers

'Mental Illness in Ancient Medicine: From Celsus to Paul of Aegina', Medical History, 63 (4). (Summer 2019), pp. 515-517

'The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication', Edinburgh Law Review, 23 (3), (Summer 2019) pp. 459-461

'Troy: Myth, City, Icon', The Classical Journal (Online), (August 2019)

‘Warfare in the Middle Ages: 400-1453’, The Journal of Military History, Vol. 83, No. 3 (July 2019), pp. 873-874;

‘Pericles, Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War’, History Teachers’ Network Day, York St John University (29th June 2019)

‘From Anti-Judaism to Anti-Semitism: Ancient and Medieval Christian Constructions of Jewish History’, Studies in Late Antiquity, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring, 2019), pp. 116-119;

‘Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World’, Classical World, Vol. 112, No. 3 (Spring, 2019), 241-243

‘Sulla: The Fractured Republic’, York College (3rd May 2019)

'The Transformation of Queenship in the Post-Roman World', Royal Studies Journal, 5.2, pp.147–149

'Conceiving a Nation, Scotland to AD 900', Comparative Legal History, Vol. 6 Iss. 2, (2018), 264-267

‘Sparta and Athens: 446-431 BC’, York College, (30th November 2018)

'Pericles and the Defence of Athenian Imperialism', York College, (26th October 2018)

War as Spectacle, Ancient and Modern Perspectives on the Display of Armed Conflict, Classics Ireland, Vol. 23-24, (2016-2017), pp. 146-150

The Barbarians: Lost Civilisations, The Classical Journal (Online), (March 2018)

Ancient Law, Ancient Society, The Classical Journal (Online), (April 2018)

Destroyer of the gods, Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World, Vigiliae Christianae, Volume 72, Issue 3, (June 2018), pp. 341-344

The Wisdom of the Middle Ages, Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada, Volume 15, Issue 2, (August 2018), pp. 334-337

Bishops and their Books in Late Anglo-Saxon England, History Graduate Conference, University of York, (12th October 2012)

Sanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages, The Journal of Legal History, 34. 1, (March 2013), 463–466

The PIP Crisis and the Protection of the Consumer in English Law, King’s Law Journal, 24.1, (April 2013), 119-129

Bede, Wearmouth-Jarrow and Sacred Space, International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, 14.1, (2014), 22-40

Bloodfeud: A Comparative History, Guest Speaker for the York St John History Society, (19th March 2015)

York: City of An Empire, Tour through York’s Roman History, Find the Magic Week, (23rd June 2015)

Relics, in P. J. Hayes (ed.), Miracles, An Encyclopedia of People, Places and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present, (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2016), 339-341

Archbishop Wulfstan and the importance of paying God his dues, International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, (2016), 16:1, 24-41

Church Payments in Late Anglo-Saxon England, Guest Speaker for the York St John History Society, (28th April 2016)

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