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 2022/23


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

R. Darley (in press, 2019) ‘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 summer 2019.)

R. Darley (in press, 2019) ‘Byzantine coins and peninsular India’s Late Antiquity’, Journal of Ancient Civilizations 33, due December 2018. (10,000 words. Awaiting proofs and pagination.)


Publications under review or being revised:

R. Darley, ‘The Tale of the Theban Scholastikos, or, journeys in a disconnected sea’, Journal of Late Antiquity (10,000 words, accepted for publication Autumn 2019, pending revisions to be submitted by June 30th 2019).

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 2020).

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, Review of: M. Cobb (ed.) The Indian Ocean Trade in Antiquity, London: Routledge, 2019 and N. Andrade The Journey of Christianity to India in Late Antiquity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018’, The Journal of Roman Studies. 

    • Review commissioned, full text to be submitted September 2019. 

R. Darley and R. Pande, ‘Women’s lives, men’s voices: comparative approaches to Indian and Byzantine hagiography’, Comparative Studies in Society and History.

    • A comparative assessment of hagiographical texts, and a discussion of comparative methodologies in medieval history, building on Prof. Pande’s visiting fellowship at Birkbeck. 10,000 words in draft complete. Anticipated for submission by October 2019. 

R. Darley, ‘Comparing two unusual hoards: Gumada and Akki Alur and the changing use of foreign coins in ancient India’, Numismatic Digest.

    • Based on new research undertaken at the Indian Institute for Research in Numismatic Study in February 2019. Anticipated for submission by December 2019.

R. Darley and R. Tomber, ‘Comparing ceramic and numismatic evidence to shed new light on Indo-Roman trade’, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient

    • Currently in progress. Anticipated for submission by March 2020.

F. Audy, R. Darley, Y. Lin, ‘Beyond imperial frontiers: the meaning and value of Byzantine coins outside their economic context’, Dumbarton Oaks Papers.

    • A complex collaborative article constituting the first thorough comparison of Byzantine coins found in China, Scandinavia and India. We currently have a text of around 12,000 words and expect to  have a text ready for submission by July 2020.

R. Darley and R. Pande, ‘Political periodisation and the ‘oriental problem’ of the Middle Ages’, Past and Present. 

    • This is an article which Prof. Pande and I have begun to discuss, arising from our work (see above) on comparative approaches to Byzantine and Indian hagiography. We intend to submit it to Past and Present as a contribution to debates surrounding the concept of the ‘Global Middle Ages’. Anticipated for submission by November 2020.

R. Darley, ‘Trading with the enemy across the Byzantine-Sasanian Frontier: a Late Antique case study’ in J. Jarrett (ed.) Rethinking the Medieval Frontier, press under discussion. 

    • This chapter, currently complete in draft form, will be submitted to a collection being edited by Dr Jonathan Jarrett, University of Leeds, based on his conference series ‘Rethinking the Medieval Frontier’.