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Dr David Lewis
Lecturer; Greek History and Culture
I'm from Donaghadee on the Ards Peninsula, and joined the University of Edinburgh Classics Department in August 2018. I trained at the University of Durham, gaining my PhD in 2012, and then held a research fellowship here in Edinburgh (2013-15) followed by a Leverhulme Early Career fellowship (also at Edinburgh: 2015-16). I then spent two years back in England when I was Assistant Professor of Ancient History at the University of Nottingham (2016-18).
I work on ancient Greek social, economic, and legal history in a broader Eastern Mediterranean context; to date most of my work has focused on slavery and the history of labour. I co-edited The Ancient Greek Economy: Markets, Households and City-States (Cambridge: CUP 2015), and my monograph Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c. 800-146 BC was published by OUP in 2018. My next monograph project will focus on urban labour in Athens and Piraeus, c. 450-250 BC.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Ancient Civilisations
Ancient Greek history, esp. the archaic and classical periods, with an emphasis on the history of labour
Current research activities
I am working on a number of research projects on Greek slavery, as well as a larger project on urban labour in Athens and Piraeus, c. 450-250 BC.
The Greek World 1A
The Greek World 1B
Ancient History 2B
Sparta and Crete: Classical Greek Society Beyond Athens
Labour, Wealth, and Inequality: The Economy of the Greek City-States
Ancient Greek Slavery
Urban Labour in Classical Athens
Sparta, c. 600-200 BC
A. Books (monograph)
1.) Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c. 800-146 BC (Oxford University Press, 2018)
B. Books (edited)
1.) The Ancient Greek Economy: Markets, Households and City-States. (Co-edited with E.M. Harris & M. Woolmer, Cambridge University Press, 2016)
2.) (Submitted) Professionals and Skilled Labour in Ancient Greece and Rome. (Co-edited with E. Stewart & E.M. Harris, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021)
C. Articles and Book Chapters
1.) ‘Near Eastern slaves in classical Attica and the slave trade with Persian territories’ Classical Quarterly 61.1 (2011): 91-113.
2.) ‘Slave marriages in the laws of Gortyn: A matter of rights?’ Historia 62.4 (2013): 390-416.
3.) (With Mirko Canevaro) ‘Khoris oikountes and the obligations of freedmen in late Classical and early Hellenistic Athens’ Incidenza dell’antico 12 (2014): 91-121.
4.) (with E.M. Harris) ‘Introduction: markets in Classical and Hellenistic Greece’ in Harris, E.M., Lewis, D.M. & M. Woolmer (eds.) The Ancient Greek Economy: Markets, Households and City-States (Cambridge, 2016): 1-37.
5.) ‘The market for slaves in the fifth- and fourth-century Aegean: Achaemenid Anatolia as a case study’ in Harris, E.M., Lewis, D.M. & M. Woolmer (eds.) The Ancient Greek Economy: Markets, Households and City-States (Cambridge, 2016): 316-36.
6.) ‘Appendix: commodities in classical Athens: the evidence of Old Comedy’ in Harris, E.M., Lewis, D.M. & M. Woolmer (eds.) The Ancient Greek Economy: Markets, Households and City-States (Cambridge, 2016): 381-98.
7.) ‘Orlando Patterson, property, and ancient slavery: the definitional problem revisited’ in Bodel, J. & W. Scheidel (eds.) On Human Bondage: After Slavery and Social Death (Malden, MA & Oxford 2016): 31-54.
8.) ‘Slavery and manumission’ in Harris, E.M. & M. Canevaro (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Law (Oxford, forthcoming 2021; published online 2016)
9.) ‘Making law grip: inequality, injustice and legal remedy in Solonian Attica and Ancient Israel' in Xydopoulos, Y., Vlassopoulos, K. & E. Tounta (eds.), Violence and Community: Law, Space and Identity in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean World (London & New York 2017): 28-49.
10.) ‘Classical and Near Eastern slavery in the first millennium BCE’ in Hodkinson, S., Vlassopoulos, K. & M. Kleiwegt (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Slaveries (Oxford, forthcoming 2021; published online 2018)
11.) ‘Behavioural economics and economic behaviour in classical Athens’ in Canevaro, M., Erskine, A., Gray, B. & J. Ober (eds.) Ancient Greek History and Contemporary Social Science (Edinburgh 2018): 15-46.
12.) ‘Notes on slave names, ethnicity, and identity in Classical and Hellenistic Greece’ Studia Źródłoznawcze. U Schyłku Starożytności 16 (2018): 169-99.
13.) 'Piracy and slave trading in action in Classical and Hellenistic Greece' Mare Nostrum 10.2 (2019): 79-108.
14.) (translated by Gabriel Cabral Bernardo) ‘Pirataria e comércio de escravos em Ação na Grécia classica e hellenística’ Mare Nostrum 10.2 (2019) [Portuguese version]: 109-140.
15.) (With T. Parkin & P. Morton), ‘Recycling slaves’ in Hodkinson, S., Vlassopoulos, K. & M. Kleiwegt (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Slaveries (Oxford, forthcoming 2021)
16.) ‘Legal knowledge in Gortyn: debt bondage and the liability of slaves in Gortynian law’ in C. Ando (ed.) The Discovery of the Fact (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2020).
17.) ‘The Homeric roots of helotage’ in Canevaro, M. & J. Burnhardt (eds.) From Homer to Solon: Continuity and Change in Archaic Greek Society (Leiden, forthcoming 2020).
18.) (submitted, with E.M. Harris) ‘What are early Greek laws about? Substance and procedure in archaic statutes, c. 650-450 BC’ in Canevaro, M. & J. Burnhardt (eds.) From Homer to Solon: Continuity and Change in Archaic Greek Society (Leiden, forthcoming 2020).
19.) (submitted) ‘Occupational hazards: gauging the extent of the horizontal division of labour in the classical Athenian economy’ in Stewart, E., Harris, E.M. & D.M. Lewis (eds.) Professionals and Skilled Labour in Ancient Greece and Rome (Cambridge, forthcoming 2021).
20.) (in press) ‘Misthos, apophora,or something else? A Fresh look at SEG XXXV 134’ in U. Yiftach-Firanko (ed.) Legal Documents in Ancient Societies VIII: Accounts and Bookeeping in the Ancient World: the Question of Structure (Wiesbaden, forthcoming 2020): 98-111.
21.) (submitted) ‘The local slave systems of ancient Greece’ in Tandy, D.W. & S.D. Gartland (eds.) Voiceless, Invisible, and Countless: The Experience of Subordinates in Greece, 800-300 BC (Oxford, forthcoming 2020).
22.) (submitted) ‘A global perspective on the definition of slavery’ in Doddington, D. & E. Dal Lago (eds.) Writing the History of Slavery (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2020).
23.) (submitted) 'Labour and employment' in Niels, J. & D. Rogers (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Athens (Cambridge, forthcoming 2020)
24.) (In preparation) ‘The social consequences of institutions: the behaviour of slaves at Athens according to the Old Oligarch ([Xen.] Ath.Pol. 1.10-12)’ in M. Barbato & M. Canevaro (eds.) New Approaches to Greek Institutional History (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press 2021).
25.) (In prepartion, co-written with M. Canevaro) 'The rites, rituals, and sites of business' in J.K. Davies & C. Adams (eds.) A Cultural History of Business in Antiquity (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).
D. Encyclopaedia Entries
1.) (With S. Zanovello) ‘Freedmen/Freedwomen: Greek’ in The Oxford Classical Dictionary (online edition, published May 2017).
2.) 'The Laws of Crete' in The Oxford Classical Dictionary (online edition, forthcoming 2020)
1.) Tout vendre, tout acheter: structures et équipements des marchés antiques: actes du colloque d'Athènes, 16-19 juin 2009 (Athens & Bordeaux 2012), ed. V. Chankowski & P. Karvonis, Journal of Hellenic Studies 134 (2014): 202-3.
2.) La démocratie contre les experts. Les esclaves publics en Grèce ancienne (Paris 2015) by P. Ismard. The Classical Review 66.2 (2016): 476-478.
3.) La main-d’oeuvre agricole en Méditerrannée archaïque: statuts et dynamiques économiques, ed. J. Zurbach (Bordeaux & Athens 2015), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2016.09.28.
4.) The Laws of Ancient Crete, c. 650-400 BCE (Oxford 2016) by M. Gagarin & P. Perlman, The Classical Review 67.1 (2017): 133-34.
5.) The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States (Princeton 2016) by A. Bresson. Journal of Hellenic Studies 137 (2017): 240-1.
6.) The Open Sea. The Economic Life of the Ancient Mediterranean World From the Iron Age to the Rise of Rome (Princeton 2018) by J.G. Manning. Journal of Greek Archaeology (2019): 497-501.
7.) Colonization and Subalternity in Classical Greece. The Experience of the Nonelite Population (Cambridge 2017) by G. Zuchtriegel. Forthcoming in Journal of Hellenic Studies.