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Dr Roth wins Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to congratulate Dr Ulrike Roth on her success in winning a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship. (Published 19 Dec, 2016)

Ulrike Roth (Senior Lecturer in Ancient History) has been awarded funding of £146,288 from the Leverhulme Trust for a Major Research Fellowship to work on the project ‘The child face of Roman slavery’.  These fellowships are highly prestigious, with only 33 awarded nationally this year. The fellowships will run for three years, starting in 2017.

Dr Roth will explore the role of child slavery in the Roman world, testing the hypothesis that Roman slavery was largely child slavery. The project will cover a period of half a millennium, c. 200 BC to AD 300, and will examine the full geographical extent of the Roman empire across the Mediterranean. Based on extensive quantitative and qualitative study, combining demographic modelling with close source analysis, it will assess the economic role of child slavery and ask whether child slavery was the most widespread form of slave exploitation in the Roman world. Comparison with more recent slave societies will enable meaningful contextualisation of the Roman example and its historical legacy.

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