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Myles Patrick Lavan


Myles Patrick Lavan
Postal address:
School of Classics
The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462610

Research overview

I am currently on research leave funded by a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2018), which I am using to pursue research on Roman citizenship and uncertainty.

My main focus is Quantifying Enfranchisement, a project to quantify the spread of Roman citizenship from Augustus to Caracalla. The project centres on a novel, probabilistic approach to uncertainty in historical estimation. The initial phase was supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2014-15). I have published the methodology and the preliminary results in an article in P&P 2016 and a more detailed study of the army in JRS 2019

I am collaborating with Clifford Ando on Roman Citizenship from Hadrian to Severus Alexander, a British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project (2016-18) that is producing an edited volume that offers a new and holistic account of the significance of Roman citizenship in the century before Caracalla’s universal of citizenship in 212 CE.

I am also working with Daniel Jew and Bart Danon on an edited volume, The Uncertain Past, that showcases new, quantitative approaches to uncertainty in ancient history, as part of a larger project (Probabilistic approaches to uncertainty in pre-modern history) funded by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship (2017-2019).

 Research interests

  • Political, social and cultural history of the Roman empire
  • Roman citizenship
  • Ideology and language of empire
  • Quantitative methods in ancient history
  • Comparative history of ancient empires

Research students

I would be very happy to supervise research projects in any of these areas. I have supervised PhD dissertations on:

  •  The imperial salutatio
  • Modelling the distribution of wealth in the Roman empire
  • The significance of civitates in the Roman West
  • Images of foreign peoples and place in Roman art
  • Writing the lives of Roman emperors
  • Roman land division
  • Actor Network Theory approaches to Early Roman Iberia
  • The Triumviral aristocracy

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