Work in Progress

Monograph in preparation:

The Western Indian Ocean in Late Antiquity

Proposed length: 90,000-100,000 words

Summary: This monograph examines the relationship between political and economic structures around the shores of the western Indian Ocean, c. AD 200-700 and the impact of these on experiences of individual mobility. This is achieved through survey chapters of regional developments alongside case study explorations of individual texts and material corpora. These are juxtaposed to provide a new understanding of varied evidence types and their combination. They also serve to reframe dominant narratives of premodern globality and challenge modern uses of earlier phases of global and imperial history in support of neoliberal economic policy. 

For submission 2020/21


Publications in press (review complete and awaiting proofs or published copy):

R. Darley (2019) ‘Money, Art and Representation: the powerful and pragmatic faces of medieval coinage’, in R. Naismith (ed.) The Bloomsbury Cultural History of Medieval Money. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 99-124. (Release scheduled for April 4th 2019).

R. Darley (in press) ‘Godawaya’, ‘Arikamedu’, ‘Barbarikon’, ‘Siraf’  and ‘Late Roman Coins in the Indian Ocean’, in S. Whitfield (ed.) Silk Roads. London: Thames & Hudson. (Altogether 1000 words, proofs returned. Release scheduled for June 2019).

R. Darley (in press) ‘The Island Frontier: Socotra, Sri Lanka and the Shape of Commerce in the Late Antique Western Indian Ocean’, Al-Masaq, Special Issue, July 2019. Awaiting proofs and pagination. (10,000 words).

R. Darley, J. Jarrett and L. Zavagno (in press) ‘“Not the final frontier”: the world of medieval islands’ (editorial), Al-Masaq, Special Issue, July 2019. Awaiting proofs and pagination (7,000 words, equally co-authored).

R. Darley (in press) ‘Worth and value: new readings of Roman coins in the collection of the Telangana State Archaeology Museum’, in Proceedings of the International Conference, Rediscovering Telangana, Hyderabad, January 2017. Hyderabad: Department Heritage Telangana. (10,000 words. Awaiting proofs).

R. Darley (in press) ‘Byzantine coins and peninsular India’s Late Antiquity’, Journal of Ancient Civilizations 33, due December 2018. Awaiting proofs and pagination. (10,000 words).


Publications under review:

R. Darley, ‘The Tale of the Theban Scholastikos, or, journeys in a disconnected sea’, Journal of Late Antiquity (10,000 words).

R. Darley and J. Hase (accepted pending revisions) ‘Collections to think with: collecting, scholarship and belonging in the R. E. Hart Collection (Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery)’, Journal of the History of Collections (8,000 words).

R. Darley, ‘Seen from across the sea: India in the Byzantine worldview’, in L. Brubaker, R. Darley and D. Reynolds (eds) Global Byzantium: proceedings of the 50th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies. London: Routledge. (8000 words, comments returned by editorial team, awaiting press review, expected publication date December 2019).

R. Darley, ‘Who ate all the pepper? Mid-level consumption in the Mediterranean and new perspectives on the economic transformations of Late Antiquity’, in L. Brubaker, A. Kelley and Flavia Vanni (eds) Peasants and Poverty in Byzantium. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (8000 words, with editors).


Publications currently in development:

R. Darley, ‘The Akki Alur and Gumada hoards: snapshots of continuity and change in Roman coin use in India’, in preparation for submission to the Numismatic Digest.

R. Darley and R. Tomber, ‘Material traces: synthesising the evidence of Roman coins and pottery in India’, in preparation for submission to the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient.

Florent Audy, Rebecca Darley and Lin Ying, ‘Byzantium in the Material Gaze: Byzantine coins in China, India and Scandinavia, 4th-11th centuries’, in preparation for submission to Dumbarton Oaks Papers.

R. Darley (in progress) Review of: M. A. Cobb (2019, ed.) The Indian Ocean trade in antiquity : political, cultural, and economic impacts, London; New York, NY: Routledge, and N. J. Andrade (2018) The journey of Christianity to India in late antiquity: networks and the movement of culture, Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press. Journal of Roman Studies (2000 words, due September 2019).