Romans 1 by 1 v.1.1 New developments in the study of Roman population

  • Rada Varga (Autor/in)
    Center for Roman Studies

    Rada Varga, PhD, is a researcher at the Babeș-Bolyai University and coordinator of the project Romans1by1. An insight into the population of Roman Dacia and Moesia. Her research interests lie within the areas of digital epigraphy, ancient population studies, Roman occupations and professions. E-mail address:

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The proposed paper documents Romans 1by1, a population database working on Roman-era inscriptions. The database architecture is built for accommodating all categories of people attested epigraphically. Besides the structure, we will present the difficulties faced and questions raised when expanding and diversifying the metadata, as well as the solutions we opted for and our motivation(s) in doing so. The last section of the presentation will focus on some applications of the database. The most obvious ones, which were the focus of our interest so far as well, refer to prosopographical reconstructions (linking people which have not been linked/identified as the same person throughout more inscriptions and reconstructing relatively fluent life courses) and network analyses.




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Beitragende/r oder Sponsor
Grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS-UEFISCDI, project number PNII-RU-TE-2014-4-0488, Fritz Thyssen Stipend.
population database, database architecture, epigraphy, occupational inscriptions, prosopography, SNA