John Weisweiler
Assistant Professor

John Weisweiler is interested in the relation between state formation, élite power and economic inequality in the Roman world. His Cambridge dissertation, which won the Hare Prize 2012, is a social history of senators, Rome’s governing élite, from the beginnings of monarchy until the disintegration of the empire in the fifth century. He is currently finishing a revised and expanded version of this study, From Republican Empire to Universal State: Emperors, Senators and Local Élites in Early Imperial and Late-Antique Rome (c. 25 BCE - 400 CE), under contract with Pennsylvania University Press. He has also co-edited a volume on the relationship between local and imperial élites in different ancient empires, Cosmopolitanism and Empire: Universal Rulers, Local Elites, and Cultural Integration in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean (Oxford University Press 2016) and is preparing another collection on the history of credit in Antiquity, entitled, Debt: The First 3000 Years. His next large project is a monograph on the quantification of social obligation in Roman and late Roman society. It explores the role played by state institutions in expanding the logic of the market to new spheres of life.

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