Dr Andy Merrills

AHMAssociate Professor of Ancient History

Director of Undergraduate Studies

MA (Oxon); MPhil, PhD (Cantab); FRHistS; SFHEA

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2613

Email: ahm11@le.ac.uk



Personal details

I am a historian of the ancient and early medieval world. I am particularly interested in the political and social changes that marked the 'Fall' of the Roman Empire in the west, in the period from c.300-c.700 CE, especially across North Africa. I have also worked widely on the intellectual history of this period and have published extensively on ancient and early medieval geographical understanding and compilations of knowledge.

I have been a member of staff in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History since 2005. I previously held Research Fellowships at the University of Cambridge and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and have also been a Margo Tytus Fellow at the University of Cincinnati, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sydney.


I teach all aspects of Roman and Late Antique History, both on campus and by distance learning.

I teach a range of modules at UG and MA level.


  • The history and archaeology of late Antique North Africa (c. 250-700 AD)
  • The western ‘successor’ kingdoms of the Roman Empire
  • Geographical writing and modes of geographical representation from the Roman Republic to the medieval period.

I am currently writing a book on the Iohannis of the sixth-century poet Corippus. This was the last Latin epic of the classical world, and is a major historical source for the Byzantine occupation of North Africa.

Research Student Supervision

Topics for Supervision

I would welcome inquiries from prospective students on topics relating to:

  • Late Roman and post-Roman History
  • Ancient Geography and Mapping
  • North Africa in Late Antiquity

Current research students

  • Amy Place, thesis topic: Dress and Identity in the Roman and Late Antique World: the Case of North Africa (c. AD 200-700)
  • Michael Wuq, (University of Nottingham), thesis topic: The Language of Loyalty: Oaths and their role in Late Antiquity

Learn more about studying for a PhD at Leicester


Andy Merrills, 2017 Roman Geographies of the Nile, Cambridge, CUP.

Andy Merrills and Richard Miles, 2010. The Vandals, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell.

A.H. Merrills, 2005. History and Geography in Late Antiquity Cambridge, CUP.

A,H. Merrills (ed.) 2004. Vandals, Romans and Berbers: New Perspectives on Late Antique North Africa Aldershot, Ashgate.

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