Stratification and social inequality in Italy and Lugdunum. A comparative qualitative epigraphic analysis of the class structure, power relations and social struggle between municipal status groups during the Principate.

01 October 2010 → 30 September 2014
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Ancient history
    • Socio-economic history
municipalities social class Roman social history interdisciplinary epigraphy status stratification hierarchy
Project description

Romans meticulously described their social position, but modern researchers often use general categories treating humiliores as an undifferentiated 'class'. We want to investigate 'status groups' from local Italian municipalities and the relationships between them and compare them with material from Lugdunum. How are power relations, competition and violence connected with 'class' and hierarchy? We will use concepts from P. Bourdieu.