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Dr Juan Lewis
Teaching Fellow in Roman History
I am a social historian and a classicist with broad interests in the field and actively involved in original research on slavery, epigraphy, and Roman history from the Republic to the late Empire. I did my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Rosario, Argentina, where I took courses on Ancient, Medieval and Latin American History, and graduated with a thesis on the social conflicts that prompted Solon’s reform of the Athenian constitution. After some years in secondary and further education, I obtained an MPhil in Classics at the University of Birmingham, with a thesis on the early emperors’ legal policy on the treatment of slaves. I successfully completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, funded by a research award of Edinburgh’s College of Humanities and Social Science. My doctoral thesis focused on a particular type of Roman slaves, the so-called vicarii, or slaves who belonged to other slaves. Currently I am transforming the thesis into a book, which I will send to the editor next summer. I also spent a year as a visiting student at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, as part of the European Doctorate in the Social History of Europe and the Mediterranean, sponsored by a Marie Curie Action Fellowship. After two years at the University of Manchester, I came back to Edinburgh in September 2017.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Britain & Ireland
- Ancient Civilisations
- Material Culture
Current research activities
I am currently preparing a monograph on servi vicarii in the late Roman Republic and early Empire. It will be the first of its kind in English and it will contain the most up-to-date catalogue of epigraphic and papyrological material where vicarii are mentioned.
I am also finishing an article on Domitian’s ban on emasculation. The article is part of an investigation on Roman emperors’ interventions in public life and social mores.
- Roman World 1a
- Ancient History 2a
- Ancient History 2b
- Ideas of Slavery in Antiquity
- The History of Republican Italy through Inscribed Objects
- Roman Slavery
- Childhood and Youth in Ancient Rome
- The Roman Emperor: the Nature of his Rule
- Latin 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B
- The Roman Emperor: the Nature of his Rule
Vicarius: slaves owned by other slaves in Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean, in preparation for EUP.
J. Lewis ‘Agnus vicarius, a substitute for child sacrifice?’, in: S. Aounallah and A. Mastino (eds.) L’epigrafia del Nord Africa: novità, riletture, nuove sintesi, Faenza (2020), 373-380.
J. Lewis ‘Guardians of the Aqueducts? circitores from the High Empire to Late Antiquity’, ZPE 200 (2016), 519-530.
J. Lewis ‘External Evidence and the Reconstruction of Missing Texts: CIL III 256 as Case Study’, Epigraphica, Vol. 77 (2015), 105-112.
J. Lewis ‘Did Varro Think that Slaves were Talking Tools?’ Mnemosyne 66.4-5 (2013), 634-648.
J. Lewis ‘Hapax legomenon? A New Reading of Inscriptiones Latinae Jugoslaviae 3, 2119’, ZPE 179 (2011), 244-246.
J. Lewis ‘Domitian’s ban on emasculation: effectiveness and purpose’, under revision for The Classical Quarterly.
‘A proposed correction of a scribal error in BGU V 1210, 242’, in preparation for The Journal of Juristic Papyrology.
J. Lewis ‘Was Jesus of Nazareth a slave owner? A reassessment of Jesus’ Galilean ministry’, in preparation for The Journal for the Study of the New Testament.
Review of M. Dondin-Payre and N. Tran (eds.), Esclaves et maîtres dans le monde romain: Expressions Épigraphiques De Leurs Relations (Collection de l’École française de Rome 527). Rome (2017), in The Journal of Roman Studies 109 (2019), 382-384.
Review of Sandra R. Joshel and Lauren Hackworth Peterson, The Material Life of Roman Slaves. Cambridge (2014), in American Journal of Philology 136 (2015), 709-712.
Review of Harke, J.D., Die Rechtpositionen am Sklaven 2: Anspruche aus Delikten am Sklaven. Corpus der Römischen Rechtsquellen zu Antiken Sklaverei. Teil III, Stuttgart (2013), in Classical Review 64.2 (2014), 557-559.
Review of Harper, K., Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425. Cambridge (2011), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2012.01.38.
Review of Morley, N., Trade in Classical Antiquity, Cambridge (2007), in Rosetta 3 (2007), 23-26.
‘Sobre la Agricultura [De Agricultura]. Introducción, traducción y notas a cargo de Juan P. Lewis’, in José Pablo Martín (ed.) Filón de Alejandría, Obras Completas. Tomo II (2010), 311-351. Madrid: Editorial Trotta. ISBN: 978-84-9879- 151-8.
‘Textos Complementarios’, in Lena Balzaretti and Marcelo Boeri (eds.) Epicuro: vida, doctrinas morales y testimonies. (2001), 139-188. Rosario: Facultad de Humanidades y Artes Editora. ISBN: 987-20286-4-8.
‘Archibald Pitcairne’s Solutio Problematis de Historicis (1688); Archibald Pitcairne’s Epistola Archimedis ad Regem Gelonem (1706 e 1712/13); Thomas Halyburton, Oratio Inauguralis (1710)’, in preparation for Alasdair Raffe (ed.) Heterodoxy and Orthodoxy in Late Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth-Century Scotland: Archibald Pitcairne and His Critics, to be published by the Scottish History Society.
Translations commissioned by other historians
‘Thomas Halyburton’s Oratio Inauguralis’ (delivered at St Mary’s College, St Andrews); commissioned by Dr Alasdair Raffe, Chancellor’s Fellow in History, The University of Edinburgh, UK
‘Latin correspondence of John Clerk, Earl of Pennycuik’ (21 unpublished Latin letters from the National Archives of Scotland); commissioned by Dr Andrew Woolley, former Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, The University of Edinburgh, UK