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Lewis Webb


Institutionen för historiska
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

Om Lewis Webb


Lewis Webb is a PhD Candidate in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology. In his PhD dissertation, he is investigating elite female status competition in Mid-Republican Rome. 

He has a Bachelor of Medical Science from Flinders University (Australia), a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Philosophy (Classics) from the University of Adelaide (Australia).

His research interests include: gender, status, and religion in Mid-Republican Rome.


A wealth of studies has shown how vital status competition (competition for prestige, glory) was for elite males in Mid-Republican Rome (264-133 BCE). Such competition lay behind and was the impetus for many elite male actions. If it was so vital to elite men, did it also motivate elite women? A few previous studies have identified the presence of status competition among elite women, but hitherto not one study addresses this phenomenon directly and exclusively. I take this lacuna as my point of departure. In my dissertation, I investigate the evidence for elite female status competition in Mid-Republican Rome.

The aims of my dissertation are to investigate the contours and permutations of elite female status competition in Mid-Republican Rome, and to consider several manifestations of elite female social position and status. The purposes of the dissertation are to fill a gender gap in the scholarship on status competition and to enrich scholarly understanding of elite female lives.