Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Juan P. Lewis

Postdoctoral researcher
Department of the Ancient and Byzantine World

Juan P. Lewis is a social historian and a classicist actively involved in original research on slavery, epigraphy, and Roman history from the Republic to the late Empire. He received his undergraduate degree in History at the University of Rosario, Argentina, where he took courses on Ancient, Medieval and Latin American History, and graduated with a thesis Solon’s reforms. After some years outside academia, he obtained an MPhil in Classics at the University of Birmingham, with a thesis on the early emperors’ legal policy on the treatment of slaves, and successfully completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He also spent a year as a visiting student at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, sponsored by a Marie Curie Action Fellowship. His doctoral thesis focused on a particular type of Roman slaves, the so-called vicarii, or slaves who belonged to other slaves. He is currently completing the book version of his thesis, which has been recommended for publication at EUP. Juan has worked as a lecturer in Ancient History and teaching fellow in Roman History and Latin at the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh respectively. In 2021, he joined the Open University as an Associate Lecturer.