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126 pages

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Published Nov 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789694642

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Work; labour market; Latin provinces; epigraphy; prosopography

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Carving a Professional Identity: The Occupational Epigraphy of the Roman Latin West

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This volume presents the results of long-term research into occupational epigraphy from the Latin-language provinces of the Roman Empire. It catalogues stone epigraphs of 690 independent professionals (excluding state workers, imperial slaves, freedmen and military personnel) providing quantitative as well as qualitative analyses of the raw data.



I. Introductory notes ;

II. Historiographic coordinates for Roman-era occupational epigraphy ;
Professions, occupations and Roman economy ;
Ancient middle classes ;
Historiographic outline ;

III. Quantitative analyses on the primary data ;
Demography and representativeness ;
Encoding the attested occupations ;
Space and time ;
People and monuments ;

IV. People and professional identities ;
Tales of trade and friendship ;
Doctors – the healing science ;
Crafting for a living ;
Entertaining the masses ;
Case study: local identities ;

V. Concluding remarks ;

Index ;

Glossary ;

Catalogue ;

References ;
Abbreviations used in the catalogue

About the Author

Rada Varga is a researcher at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) specialising in Latin epigraphy, digital classics, prosopography and provincial archaeology (co-directing the excavations at the fortress of ala I milliaria Batavorum from Dacia). Her main project is Romans1by1, a prosopographical database for people attested in ancient epigraphy. Currently, Dr Varga is a member of the executive committee of EADH (The European Association for Digital Humanities).


As the author says, the data in this book is meant to constitute «an instrument for further research» (1), «a solid starting point for future examinations of the Roman provincial professions and professionals» (3). This the volume certainly does provide, and for this thanks are offered to Rada Varga and, behind her, the entire R1by1 team.’ – Elizabeth A. Meyer (2023): GNOMON 95, nr. 7

'...through its quality it deserves our full-attention and can be considered as a work of reference for future researches in the field.' – Annamária- Izabella Pázsint (2021): Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology No. 8.1