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The "Dictionary" of Dependencies in the Roman Empire: Some Remarks

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Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture Series: Lecture by Pierangelo Buongiorno, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

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When Jan 27, 2020
from 16:00 to 18:00
Where Heinz Heinen Kolleg
Contact Name Jeannine Bischoff
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The study of semantics and lexical fields is a valuable tool for understanding the evolution of asymmetric dependencies. This is also true (and perhaps above all) for the Roman world, in which legal practice led to the construction of concepts that formed the basis of the subsequent reflection of jurists on the "geometries" of dependencies (not only in the private but also in the public and "international" dimension).

Through the study of concepts such as dominium, herus, libertas, persona in potestate and others, it is possible to understand the socio-economic dynamics of the relations of dependence and their juridical construction, achieving results that today deserve to be reconsidered in the light of the progress made from the sciences of antiquities in areas such as law, economics, demography and social history.

Pierangelo Buongiorno, born in Bari in 1981, has been junior research group leader of the research project PAROS (Palingenesia of the Roman Senatorial Decrees) at the WWU Münster since 2014, after being awarded a Sofja-Kovalevskaja-Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He took degrees in Classical Philology and Law, and a Ph.D. in Ancient History at the University of Bari (2008). He subsequently worked at the Universities of Mainz (2008) and Lecce (2009), were he reached the position of Associate Professor in Roman Law.

His research interests include Roman social and institutional history, with a focus on the juridical aspects of the economic relationships and on the activity of the Roman Senate between the late Republic and the early Empire.

He has published several studies on these matters: Senatus consulta Claudianis temporibus facta (2010); Ad legem Glitiam. Eine rätselhafte lex publica (2015); Claudio, il principe inatteso (2017); Il divieto di donazione fra coniugi nell’esperienza giuridica romana (2018) and more than ten articles for the Handwörterbuch der Antiken Sklaverei.

Heinz Heinen Kolleg for Advanced Studies (HHK)
University of Bonn
Heussallee 18–24
D-53113 Bonn

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