Staff Profile:Professor Jane Gardner

Name:
Professor Jane F. Gardner
Job Title:
Roman Historian - retired
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I have an MA in Classics (first-class honours) from Glasgow (1955) and a double first in Literae Humaniores from Oxford , BA1959 (MA 1962), where I was Joan Ashdown Scholar at Lady Margaret Hall. From 1961-3 I lectured in Greek and Roman History at University College, Cardiff, then spent two years teaching in Forest Fields Grammar School, Nottingham. I first came to Reading in 1963, where I was part-time Lecturer in the University Classics Department. I was appointed Assistant Lecturer in 1964, Lecturer in 1966, Senior Lecturer in 1988 and Professor of Ancient History 1993,and held a Leverhulme Trust Research fellowship, 1995-6. For 16 years (1976-92) I was also Curator of the Department's Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology. Shortly before my retirement in 1999, I was awarded a D. Litt. by the University of Oxford for my three books on Roman social and legal history (see below).

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I taught Classics and English in Forest Fields Grammar School, Nottingham, 1961-3,and Classics (temporary contract) in Kendrick Girls School, Reading, 1963-4. From 1979-81, I was a volunteer teacher of Greek and Classical Studies one evening weekly at Working Men's College, Camden, London. After retirement, I was (1999-2002) Special Professor in the School of Humanities, Classics Department, at the University of Nottingham, helping in particular with the development of the centre for research into the history of slavery.

UG teaching:

I have no formal undergraduate or postgraduate teaching commitments, but am always very willing to help both staff and students at all levels with advice and information, especially, though not exclusively, on any topic related to my research interests and publications.

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I am aware of the enormous value of Roman law as a source for Roman social history. My research interests include the Roman family, women in Roman society, the legal status of the individual, Roman property and inheritance, Roman business life, and the role of slaves and freedmen in Roman society.
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2011

  • Gardner, J. F. (2011) Slavery and Roman law. In: Bradley, K. and Cartledge, P. (eds.) The Cambridge World History of Slavery. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, pp. 414-437. ISBN 9780521840668
  • Gardner, J. F. (2011) Roman 'horror' of intestacy? In: Rawson, B. (ed.) A companion to families in the Greek and Roman worlds. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, pp. 361-376. ISBN 9781405187671

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  • Gardner, J. F. (2003) Social legislation. In: Cooley, M.G.L. (ed.) The age of Augustus. London Association of Classical Teachers, London, UK, pp. 353-372. ISBN 9780903625302

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I am perhaps best known for three monographs: Women in Roman Law and Society (1986), a study of the legal and social situation of Roman women, Being a Roman Citizen, (1993) concerning the differences between the legal rights of different groups in Roman society, and Family and Familia in Roman Law and Life (1998), which addresses the relationship between the legal institution of the Roman familia, and the realities of Roman family life. I also published two widely used Penguin Classics translations, Julius Caesar's Civil War (1967) and a revised edition of S.A.Handford's The Conquest of Gaul (1982).
Jane Gardner

Contact Details

Email:
j.f.gardner@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 8420

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