SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

John Latham

BA (KCL) MA (Leeds) MA (SOAS)
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John Latham
John Latham
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Thesis title:
Political Authority among the Alans of the North Caucasus, 800-1300
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  • 'Soviets and Sun-Gods: Historicising a North Caucasian Nart Saga', Iran and the Caucasus 20/2 (2016), pp.159-178; Review of Barry Cunliffe, 'By Steppe, Desert and Ocean: the Birth of Eurasia', Cerae 3 (2016)


  • 'Shadow of Anushirvan: the North Caucasus in medieval Iranian Sources', Studia Iranica, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, April 2017
  • ‘Change and Stasis in Historiographies of the Alans and As of the Caucasus’, Central Eurasian Studies Society Annual Conference, Princeton University, November 2016
  • ‘Sitting on the Fences of History’, Dialogue and Difference, Bristol University, February 2016
  • ‘Soviets and Sun-Gods: the Changing Uses of an ‘Alan’ Nart Saga’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2015
  • ‘The Transformation of Political Authority in the North Caucasus: Christianisation and its Limits in the Alan Kingdom, 890-1030 CE’, The Eastern Caucasus from Late Antiquity to Early Islam, Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, June 2015


  • Secretary-Treasurer, Student Members' Committee, British Institute of Persian Studies
  • Member, Central Eurasian Studies Society
  • Member, SOAS Borderlands Network
  • Peer Reviewer, 'Networks and Neighbours' journal


  • H101 Approaching History
  • H130 Introduction to the History of the Near and Middle East


  • History of the Caucasus
  • Origins and History of the State
  • Eurasian Nomadism
  • Late Antique Europe
  • Oral History
  • Folklore of Eurasia and the Caucasus