Domestic Slavery & Sexual Exploitation
in the Households of Europe, North Africa, and the Near East, from Constantine to c. AD 900 / AH 287
About the Project

This a large-scale comparative research project investigates a crucial aspect of how late Roman society transformed into its early medieval heirs. Those enslaved within the home, and their vulnerability to sexual exploitation, represent a subject that has only begun to receive due attention. DoSSE Project addresses this need by exploring how the societies of the greater Mediterranean world took their shape from the relationships established within the household – how social hierarchies and practices emerged from the dynamics of domestic space – with a view to offering a new model for interpreting the social transformations that ended the ancient world.