Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Clara María Ramos-Taboada

Postdoctoral researcher
Department of the Ancient and Byzantine World

Clara María Ramos-Taboada studied her BA in History at the University of Santiago de Compostela (2012), where she was awarded a government grant to collaborate with the Department of Ancient History. In the MA programme in Classics offered by the Universidad Complutense and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2013) she specialized in History of Ancient Rome. Having obtained a fellowship from the Spanish Government (2015) to develop her PhD at the U. of Santiago de Compostela, she submitted and successfully defended her dissertation in 2022 (cum laude and European distinction).

Her PhD topic was on the family relationships of slaves and freedmen in the three Provincial Capitals in Roman Hispania. Using the prosopography from below, she addresses issues as the family relationships in the lower classes, the status endogamy in the freedmen’s population, the social networks between slaves and freedmen, and the creation of shared identities based on the juridical status of its members.

In the framework of the project SLaVEgents: Enslaved persons in the making of societies and cultures in Western Eurasia and North Africa, 1000 BCE - 300 CE she is focusing her research on the agency of the servile population of Roman Africa during the High Empire.