Matthew Hewitt

The remarkably abundant inscriptions recording the release of enslaved persons found across the Greek world have long been immensely valuable, if oblique, sources of evidence for the historian of Greek slavery and Greek law. Yet, the existence of these inscriptions, and their proliferation in the Hellenistic period, particularly in central and northern Greece, remain poorly understood. My project aims at a better understanding of the motivations underlying the production of these inscriptions, in the context of local epigraphic habits, as well as social and religious structures. 

My other interests include legal and social status in Classical Athens, and the Boiotian region, on which I wrote my MPhil dissertation. I am also the co-convenor of the Ancient History Work in Progress Seminar for the 2021-22 academic year.