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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 2b
- Ideas of Slavery in Antiquity
- The History of Republican Italy through Inscribed Objects