The status of citizen was increasingly the right of the majority in the Roman empire and brought important privileges and exemption from certain forms of punishment. However, not all Roman citizens were equal; for example bastards, freed persons, women, the physically and mentally handicapped, under-25s, ex-criminals and soldiers were subject to restrictions and curtailments on their capacity to act. Being a Roman Citizen examines these forms of limitation and discrimination and thereby throws into sharper focus Roman conceptions of citizenship and society.
`… a valuable study, founded on a successful combination of juristic knowledge and alert historical approach. … this is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book that will offer a precious service to all those interested in the private side of Roman citizenship and its differentiations.' - Publication Unknown
`Jane Gardner's book provides a clear, well-argued account of the limitations to which certain categories of Roman citizen were subject … an invaluable study for the Roman historian.' - The Brown Book April 94