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Lewis Webb

Postdoctor

Lewis Webb
Postdoctor
lewis.webb@gu.se

Room number: J623
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg


Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.historiskastudier.gu.se
historia@gu.se
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Lewis Webb

Presentation

Lewis Webb is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.

His postdoctoral project is entitled (In)visible women: Female spatial practices and visibility in urban spaces in Republican Rome (509–27 BCE) and is funded by the Swedish Research Council from 2020–2022.

He has a PhD in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Gothenburg (2019). In his PhD thesis, he investigated elite female status competition in Mid-Republican Rome.

He has a Bachelor of Medical Science from Flinders University (Australia), a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Philosophy (Classics) from the University of Adelaide (Australia).

His research expertise is in Roman women. He has published on gender, law, religion, and space in Republican Rome, on northern alterities in Roman literature, and on posthumanism and Roman archaeology.

(In)visible women: Female spatial practices and visibility in urban spaces in Republican Rome (509–27 BCE)

A woman’s place was at home in Republican Rome (509–27 BCE). To appear in public was ‘abnormal’ or ‘transgressive’. Such is the status quo in the traditional scholarship. This project will challenge this status quo by comprehensively examining and visualizing all the available ancient evidence for female spatial practices and visibility in urban spaces in Republican Rome. To do so it will adopt an interdisciplinary, intersectional approach, combining Roman Republican history, spatial history, and gender history with intersectional feminist theory, a spatial database, and digital mapping. Traditional scholarship links women in Rome with private spaces and practices, but recent scholarship highlights their public lives and practices. So how (in)visible were they? The project aims to challenge and resolve misconceptions about these women and to shed light on their lives. The method encompasses 1) the survey and analysis of all available ancient textual and material evidence; 2) the construction of a spatial database that collates the survey data and links women with urban spaces; 3) the construction of a digital deep map to visualize these data; and 4) the synthesis of results and overarching analysis. This novel project will expand our knowledge of women’s lives, enhance the visibility of past women, and offer an interdisciplinary model for reconsidering female spatial practices and visibility in other periods and cultures.

PhD Thesis: Elite female status competition in Mid-Republican Rome

Competition: a force that pervades societies, both ancient and modern. This force takes a central role in the discourses of modern biology, sociology, psychology, gender studies and economics; theorists in these fields trace the human struggles for life, status, capital and sexual partners, and economists defend the value of economic competition.

In my research, I focused on competition in antiquity, but limited my scope to elite female status competition in Mid-Republican Rome (264–133 BCE).

In the past, scholarship on the Roman Republic has drawn particular attention to the importance of status competition for elite males, but few scholars have examined intersections between status competition and gender. I hoped to remedy this lacuna, inspired by modern research on female competition in sociology, psychology and gender studies.

In brief, my findings indicated that 1) senatorial women competed for status by visibly displaying their wealth and other resources throughout the city, especially during public religious activity, banquets, funerary practices, and the triumphal procession, 2) that they had vast resources available for their competitions, including wealth, social networks, and status symbols, and 3) that Roman legislators tried and ultimately failed to regulate female status competition through laws and other sanctions.

Thesis abstract

Latest publications

Qui hic mos est in publicum procurrendi? Reconsidering female presence and visibility in public and sacred spaces in Republican Rome
Lewis Webb
Spaces of Roman Constitutionalism Conference, 26.-28.9.2019, Helsinki, Finland, Finland, University of Helsinki, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Leges durae: Regulations affecting women’s property rights in Mid-Republican Rome
Lewis Webb
Australasian Society of Classical Studies Annual Conference, Armidale, NSW, Australia, 4-7 February 2019., Australia, University of New England, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Mihi es aemula: Elite Female Status Competition in Mid-Republican Rome and the Example of Tertia Aemilia
Lewis Webb
Eris vs. Aemulatio: Valuing Competition in Classical Antiquity / Damon, Cynthia, Pieper, Christoph (eds.), Leiden ; Boston, Brill, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Gendering the Roman imago
Lewis Webb
Classical Association Annual Conference, 6 - 9 April 2018, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, University of Leicester, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Religious Leadership, Ancient Roman Religions
Lewis Webb
Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History / Susan de-Gaia, Editor, Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-CLIO, Encyclopedia entry 2018
Encyclopedia entry

Inter imperium sine fine: Thule and Hyperborea in Roman Literature
Lewis Webb
Visions of North in Premodern Europe, Turnhout, Belgium, Brepols, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Gendering the Roman imago: Clarae imagines from filia to funus
Lewis Webb
ARACHNE VIII: Ages, Ageing and Old Age in the Greco-Roman World Conference, 25-27 October 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden, Sweden, University of Gothenburg, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Gendering the imago: Clarae imagines from filia to funus
Lewis Webb
International Society for Cultural History Annual Conference, Sweden, Umeå University, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

PROTEAN TARPEIA
Lewis Webb
Classical Review, Book review 2017
Book review

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2019

Qui hic mos est in publicum procurrendi? Reconsidering female presence and visibility in public and sacred spaces in Republican Rome
Lewis Webb
Spaces of Roman Constitutionalism Conference, 26.-28.9.2019, Helsinki, Finland, Finland, University of Helsinki, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Leges durae: Regulations affecting women’s property rights in Mid-Republican Rome
Lewis Webb
Australasian Society of Classical Studies Annual Conference, Armidale, NSW, Australia, 4-7 February 2019., Australia, University of New England, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

2018

Mihi es aemula: Elite Female Status Competition in Mid-Republican Rome and the Example of Tertia Aemilia
Lewis Webb
Eris vs. Aemulatio: Valuing Competition in Classical Antiquity / Damon, Cynthia, Pieper, Christoph (eds.), Leiden ; Boston, Brill, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Gendering the Roman imago
Lewis Webb
Classical Association Annual Conference, 6 - 9 April 2018, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, University of Leicester, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Religious Leadership, Ancient Roman Religions
Lewis Webb
Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History / Susan de-Gaia, Editor, Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-CLIO, Encyclopedia entry 2018
Encyclopedia entry

Inter imperium sine fine: Thule and Hyperborea in Roman Literature
Lewis Webb
Visions of North in Premodern Europe, Turnhout, Belgium, Brepols, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

2017

Gendering the Roman imago: Clarae imagines from filia to funus
Lewis Webb
ARACHNE VIII: Ages, Ageing and Old Age in the Greco-Roman World Conference, 25-27 October 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden, Sweden, University of Gothenburg, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Gendering the imago: Clarae imagines from filia to funus
Lewis Webb
International Society for Cultural History Annual Conference, Sweden, Umeå University, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

PROTEAN TARPEIA
Lewis Webb
Classical Review, Book review 2017
Book review

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