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Servi Publici: Everybody's Slaves

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Project "SPES" data sheet

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Organization address
address: KINGS GATE
postcode: NE1 7RU

contact info
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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2018-09-30


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 Project objective

The researcher is moving from Italy to Newcastle University in the UK to embark on a full-scale study of the role of public slavery in the Roman world. The SPES project sets out to provide a full-scale reconsideration of the position of public slaves in the Roman economy and society through a multidisciplinary and comparative study. The preliminary step will be a full overview of the primary evidence, which will combine textual sources with iconographic and archaeological material. The second step will be engaging with two major interrelated questions: a) how a comparative and diachronic study may allow us to further our knowledge of public slavery in ancient Rome; b) how a stronger understanding of the social reality of public slavery in the Roman world may be achieved by the comparison with some modern manifestations of it. The importance of the project is twofold: a) for the first time, the researcher will build a versatile on-line database, which will collect all the sources concerning public slaves in the Roman world; b) it is also the first attempt ever made to cross-fertilize ancient and modern historians of slavery in order to deal with the problem of the slaves owned not by a private person, but by a whole community both in the ancient and modern history. The significance of the project goes thus beyond the remit of Ancient History. It is expected that the project will bring about dramatic changes in understanding how slavery became deep-rooted in all the slave-owning societies: public slaves were in fact essential for the State administration both in the ancient Roman world and in some modern Mediterranean and Transatlantic countries. Working on this project at Newcastle will enable the researcher to develop new sets of expertise and skills both in the IT area and in developing comparative approaches. The host organisation will in turn benefit from the researcher’s world-class expertise in the Latin epigraphy and the social history of the Roman world.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Luciani F.
Servi Publici In Rome: ‘Privileged’ Slaves?
published pages: , ISSN: 0009-8388, DOI:
Classical Quarterly 2019-05-09
2018 Luciani F.
Notes on the External Appearance of Roman Public Slaves
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Ubi servi erant? Die Ikonographie von Sklaven und Freigelassenen in der roemischen Kunst 2019-05-09
2018 Luciani F.
New Additions to the Epigraphic Corpus on Public Slaves in Rome and in the Cities of the Empire
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Ancient Documents and their Contexts: Second North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy 2019-05-09
2019 Luciani F., Urbanová D.
AE 1901, 183: Why Curse a Female Public Slave?
published pages: , ISSN: 0013-9572, DOI:
Epigraphica 2019-05-09

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