About this project

The enslavement of children was a regular feature in Roman antiquity – a fact that is long recognized. But the centrality of enslaved children to the Roman slave system has not yet been grasped: this project writes these children’s history.

Besides providing information on the project aims and the progress of the research, this site provides access to some of the source material that documents the enslavement of children in Roman antiquity as well as an opportunity for engagement with a topic that is as historically old as it is of ongoing concern.

The project is generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust through a Major Research Fellowship, 2017-2020 [MRF 2016 -146: ‘The Child Face of Roman Slavery’].

Ulrike Roth (Reader, Ancient History, The University of Edinburgh)