Dr Laura Donati
Teaching and Research Fellow in Roman History and Latin
Room 00M.14, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
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When I first started Latin and Greek in High School, I came home crying – and they were not tears of joy! Little did I know that later I would have tried to build my career on the study of the ancient world.
I hold a BA in Classics from the University of Siena and I gained an MA in Classical Philology from the same university, after spending a semester at University College London. I then moved to the University of Edinburgh for my PhD in Ancient History, which I completed in 2022.
Before (re-)joining the University of Edinburgh, I was a Lecturer in Roman History at the University of Manchester.
Responsibilities & affiliations
Cohort Lead for Classics Year 1 Students
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Steering Commitee Member of the Women's Classical Committee UK
Latin 1C (Tacitus' Agricola)
The Transformation of the Roman World
I am a Roman social historian, with particular interests in ancient slavery and socio-legal history. My doctoral research focused on servile delinquency and punishment in the Roman World, investigating: 1) the role taken up by the enslaved in Roman thought; 2) the place of the law in Roman slavery more broadly; 3) the cultural dimension of law,with particular regard to the embeddedness of legal thinking in the Romans’ literary output concerned with slavery.
Donati, L. (2022), ‘Purple wool: the imperial fabric of Trimalchio’s domestic jurisdiction’, Classical Quarterly 72, 739-54. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009838822000714)
Donati, L. (2022), Review of William M. Owens, The Representation of Slavery in the Greek Novel, London & New York: Routledge 2020, Ancient Narrative 19.
Donati, L. (2021), Review of Stelios Panayotakis, Michael Paschalis, Costas Panayotakis (edd.) Slaves and Masters in the Ancient Novel. Ancient Narrative Supplementum, 23. Eelde: Barkhuis, 2019, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2021.02.30.