Postdoctoral position 'Roman Women: legal changes and finances'

Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School of Historical Studies

Publication date
16 September 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,238 to €3,954 gross per month
Closing date
1 November 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

Research at the Faculty of Humanities is carried out by six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH), one of the six research schools, currently has a vacant postdoctoral position as part of the NWO-funded  Gravitaton Programme Anchoring Innovation, led by National Research School OIKOS.

Project description

The transition from republican to imperial rule is one of the main turning points in the history of the ancient world, which had profound consequences for the lives of Roman men and women. As the first emperor, Augustus anchored his multiple political innovations by presenting them as the restoration of the Roman Republic. As part of this restoration programme he posed as the restorer of traditional Roman moral values, issuing legislation to stimulate marriages within the elite and to curb adultery (the Leges Juliae de maritandis ordinibus and de adulteriis coercendis). The ius trium liberorum, which was part of this legislation, gave women sui iuris with three or more children full legal capacity over their property, thus paving the way for women’s civic engagement and public visibility, for instance as benefactresses in numerous cities of Italy and the provinces.

The main questions of this PD project are: were these far-reaching innovations in women’s legal position and their legal capacity over their property anchored in Roman society and traditional morality, and if so, how? How important was the ius liberorum for women’s financial independence and how many women acquired it? And to what extent were these innovations anchored in an earlier (republican) practice of women’s involvement in finances? Several other sub-questions are possible. The main focus, however, should not be on the intricacies of the legal changes as such, but on the impact they had on the financial (in)dependence of women and the way this may have been anchored in traditional Roman society and gender roles.

More information about the Anchoring Innovation research agenda of OIKOS can be found on the OIKOS website including an article by Ineke Sluiter, entitled 'Anchoring Innovation: a Classical Research Agenda.


The successful applicant must have:

  • a PhD, preferably in Classics or Ancient History (held by time of appointment and obtained no longer than five years ago);
  • an excellent research and publication record in relation to stage of career;
  • a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research;
  • excellent command of English;
  • a track record of publishing in high-ranking journals and/or with leading presses or a demonstrable capacity to develop such a record;
  • some organisational experience.

Further information

Further information about this position may be obtained from:


The postdoctoral researcher will be appointed either for 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE) for a period of 18 months or for 30.4 hours per week (0.75 FTE) for two years at the Department of History, European Studies & Religious Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. The intended starting date of the contract is 1 March 2018. The gross monthly salary (on full-time basis) will range from €3.238 to €3.954, depending on experience and qualifications, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

In order to be considered, applications must include the following information (in the same order), in one PDF file (not zipped):

  • cover letter;
  • CV,
  • including a list of publications and contact information of two referees;
  • transcript of records;
  • research proposal of 1500 words. Excluded are the bibliography and (if appropriate) an appendix containing a list of sources (together max. two pages A4);
  • copy of relevant diploma.

Applicants must have completed their PhD before the start of this postdoctoral project.

Please submit your complete application no later than 1 November 2017 to dr Roald Dijkstra, the coordinator of the Anchoring-programme via

Only complete applications submitted as one PDF file to this email address will be considered.

Interviews will take place in the week of 4 December 2017. For candidates living abroad interviews may be held via Skype. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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