School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Franco Luciani

Background

I received my PhD in Ancient History and Archaeology from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in 2011. In my thesis I mainly used Latin inscriptions to examine a particular aspect of the social history of the Roman world: the role played by public slaves and freedmen in a specific area of the Roman empire, namely Cisalpine Gaul. In 2011 I was a Fellow at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland; from 2012 to 2015 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. During the summer 2015 I moved to Newcastle as a Visiting Fellow at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, then, in the following academic year I came back to Italy as I obtained a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Trento. From 2016 to 2018, I have been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Newcastle University.

Areas of expertise

  • Roman History
  • Latin Epigraphy

Teaching

Academic year 2019/20

Module leader:

CAH1014 - The Roman world from Romulus to Heraclius: history and culture from 753 BC to AD 641 (20 credits - Semester 2)

CAH3038 - Running a Roman City: Urban Administration and Society in Italy, 89 BC-AD 284 (20 credits - Semester 1)

Lecturer:

CAH2009 - Portfolio in Ancient History I: Commentaries (20 credits - Semester 2)

CAC8011 - The Writing of History (20 credits - Semester 2)

CAC2001 - Researching the Classics (10 credits - Semester 2)

HIS2240 - Greece from ancient times to the 21st century: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past (20 credits - Semester 2)

CAH2020 - Greek and Roman Religions (20 credits - Semester 1)

CAH2208 - Issues in Ancient History (20 credits - Semester 1)


Academic year 2018/19

Module leader:

CAH3038/8038 - Running a Roman City: Urban Administration and Society in Italy, 89 BC-AD 284 (20 credits - Semester 1)

Lecturer:

CAH2061 - Slavery in Greco-Roman Antiquity (20 credits - Semester 1)

CAH1014 - The Roman world from Romulus to Heraclius: history and culture from 753 BC to AD 641 (20 credits - Semester 2)

CAH2020 - Greek and Roman Religions (20 credits - Semester 2)

Research

Using a combination of epigraphic, literary and legal sources, I work primarily on the Social History in the Roman World, with particular attention to public slavery.

As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology I carried out a research project, which was entitled ‘Servi Publici: Everybody’s Slaves’ (SPES) and focused on public slavery in the Roman World. SPES set out to provide a full-scale reconsideration of the position of public slaves in the Roman society through a multidisciplinary and comparative study. One of its main objectives was to cross-fertilize the historiography of ancient and modern slavery in order to thoroughly understand the predicament and historical significance of the slaves owned by a community, both in antiquity and in the modern age. For an overview of the SPES project see https://research.ncl.ac.uk/spes/

My research interests also cover the Roman management of Italy, with a focus on Northern Italy, as well as the Roman inscribed daily-use objects (instrumentum inscriptum), in particular the bronze weights complying the official standards kept in the temple of the Dioscuri in Rome.

Finally, I also worked on Italian epigraphic collections located in Veneto (Belluno, Treviso, Venezia) and Lombardia (inscriptions owned by the Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio). 

Publications