Institute of Ancient History

Dr. Lisa Pilar Eberle

Assistant Professor


Wilhelmstr. 36, Room 503, 72074 Tübingen

+49 / 7071 / 29 76077


Office hours

  • by appointment

March 2018
Visiting lecturer at Aix Marseille Université (AMU), History Department

since Oct 2016
Assistant Professor in Ancient History, University of Tübingen

Junior Research Fellow (Postdoc) in the Humanities, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

Doctoral Fellow

International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Legal History, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt a.M.

MA and PhD in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA), University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation title: „Law, Land, and Territories: The Roman Diaspora and the Making of Provincial Administration“

BA(Hons) in Classics (Literae Humaniores)

St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford


Research Interests

  • political economy
  • archaeology as a source for ancient economic and social history
  • law, administration and empire in ancient Rome (300 BCE - CE 300)
  • gender and empire in ancient Rome
  • resistance and the cultural history of violence in the Roman empire
  • migration and demography in the ancient Mediterranean (800 – 500 BC)

My research explores the political economy of ancient cities and their empires, combining contributions to economic history, which often draw on archaeological evidence, with critical approaches to ancient legal texts.

Currently, my work focuses on the beginnings of the Roman empire in the Republic and early Principate, focusing on the Greek East in particular. In a monograph that builds on my dissertation research I examine the ways in which the many Romans and Italians that migrated to the provinces—their economic interests as well as the various reactions that their presence provoked among local populations and metropolitan Romans—helped shape the emerging institutions of provincial administration and imperial governance. In two further articles on silk clothing in Roman culture and on the moral economy of the Roman law of debt I analyze the negotiations of the consequences of imperial rule on the city of Rome itself.

In addition, I am pursuing two long-term projects on the territorialization of society and politics in archaic Greece as well as on the history of the rule of law in Roman legal thought and practice.


  • (Im)mobile communities: Emigration and its consequences in the ancient Mediterranean, 800-500 BC (Habilitation/second book)
  • CRC 923 „Threatened Orders“, Project E02 „Viri Absentes“, PI together with Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
  • The worlds of Roman governors, together with James Corke Webster (King’s College London), supported by the King’s Global Partnership Fund
  • Unrest in the Roman empire, a discursive history, together with Myles Lavan (St. Andrews University), supported by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
  • Diasporic Empire. Towards a political economy of Roman provincial administration in the middle and late republic (first monograph)


Journal articles and contributions to edited volumes


  • Fiscal semantics in the long second century: Citizenship, taxation, and the constitutio Antoniniana, in: Roman citizenship in the long second century, ed. by Clifford Ando and Myles Lavan, Oxford University Press.
  • Peregrini / Nationes Exterae. Foreigners and the political culture of the Roman Republic, in: The Blackwell Companion to Roman Politial Culture, hg. von Valentina Arena and Jonathan Prag. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Debt, death and destruction in Roman law and politics during the middle and late Republic, in: Debt. The first 3000 years, hg. von John Weisweiler. Oxford University Press.
  • Wearing Silk, Weaving Silk. Gender and Empire in the Metropole, in: Gender, War and Imperialism in the Roman case, hg. von Hannah Cornwell und Greg Woolf. Cambridge University Press.