Monday, December 18, 2023

The Roman Bastards Database

[First posted in AWOL 30 May 2019, updated 18 December 2023]

The Roman Bastards Database


The Roman Bastards database holds all the papyrological, epigraphic and legal evidence concerning illegitimate children in the Roman Empire up to the reign of Constantine the Great. You can find tips on searching the database here.

This database is still under construction. Please be patient and check by frequently to see additions we may have added since.

‘The Legal and Social Status of Extramarital Children in the Roman Empire Up to the Reign of Constantine the Great” is a three-year project, which will investigate papyrological, epigraphic and jurisprudential evidence concerning illegitimate children, dated from Augustus to Constantine. Our dataset shall fasciliate examining frequency of occurance and distribution of the above-mentioned attestations in time and space. The data used in our research will be collected and arranged into a form of a searchable database comprising individuals from all over the Roman Empire who are directly or indirectly described as illegitimate. Each person has his or her own record containing name, terms used to characterized him or her, attestations, role in particular document, occupation, provenance, date, status civitatis, sex and the names of the mother, father, siblings and his or her children.

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