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Dr Ulrike Roth

Senior Lecturer

Education / Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Dissertation topic: Der Prozess Jesu aus rechtshistorischer Sicht
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Nottingham
Thesis topic: The Female Slave in Roman Agriculture: Changing the Default


Ulrike Roth joined the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in Edinburgh in 2004. Before, she held posts in the University of Wales, Swansea and at King's College London, where she taught both Roman and Greek history. Ulrike is a historian by training: her alma mater is the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany), whence she graduated in 1997 with a degree in History, Theology and Pedagogy (‘Staatsexamen’).

After graduating, Ulrike taught German for three years at a sixth-form college in Sussex, ran her own restaurant, and completed a PhD in Ancient History in 2004 at the University of Nottingham on the role of the female slave in Roman agriculture. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Ancient History in 2012. She was Head of Classics, 2011-2015.

Between 2009 and 2015, Ulrike has served on the Standing Committee of the Council of University Classical Departments. Since 2010, she has been the Honorary Secretary of the British Epigraphy Society. She has reviewed for a number of journals and publishers, including Classical Quarterly and Oxford University Press, and has peer-reviewed applications for various funding bodies, including the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust. She has herself had twice funding from the British Academy for her research, and has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for her project on child slavery, tenable 2017-2020. Together with Dr Paul du Plessis from the School of Law, she directs the Ancient Law in Context Research Network.

Ulrike's research is primarily concerned with the study of slavery, in the Roman, as well as the early medieval world. She is also interested in the study of ancient Italy, especially with regard to the non-Roman peoples of Italy. She is happy to receive inquiries from potential PhD students who want to work in these areas.  


Research outputs

  1. Review of: A. Rio, Slavery after Rome, 500-1100 (Oxford: OUP, 2017)

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  2. Oscan, Greek, and more. Review of: N. Zair, Oscan in the Greek Alphabet (Cambridge: CUP, 2016)

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  3. De l’Euphrate à la Graeca Urbs: esclavage et migration à Rome. Le cas de Herméros dans le Satyricon de Pétrone

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Research projects

  1. Table Ronde on Ancient Slavery

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

  2. The Child Face of Roman Slavery

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

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