Identity and stigmatization; the Roman freedman. A qualitative analysis of the socialization and stratification of and the interaction between freed and freeborn Romans.

01 October 2012 → 30 September 2016
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Economic archaeology
    • Ancient history
    • Regional and urban history
    • Socio-economic history
discrimination socialization freedmen libertini stigmatization mentality stratification Rome
Project description

This project focuses on the strongly undervalued group of Roman freedmen. The aim is to determine which processes influenced and determined the interaction between Roman elites and freeborn civilians on the one hand and the ambivalent 'class' of the freedmen on the other hand. Rather than just accepting 'the stain of slavery' and using it as an explanans, we want to study it as an explanandum: a social phenomenon that deserves research attention in itself. More specifically, the discrimination mechanisms that both defined and excluded freed persons are central to this.