Aitor Blanco Pérez

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Researcher in Greek epigraphy and literature

Aitor Blanco Pérez is responsible for Greek epigraphic and literary sources from the 2nd century BCE to the 4th century CE.

Aitor Blanco Pérez completed his Classics degree at the University of Salamanca and gained his masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2015. His thesis, supervised by Prof. Christina Kuhn and entitled “The 3rd Century A.D. in South-Western Asia Minor: Epigraphic Studies into Civic Life and Diplomatic Relations with Rome”, sought to reconsider the inscriptions produced by the settlements on the Anatolian peninsula – modern Turkey – from the death of the emperor Commodus (192 CE) to Diocletian's accession (284). During these doctoral studies, he conducted research stays at Princeton University, the Munich-DAI Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik and various Turkish institutions (Akdeniz, BIAA) as a Craven Scholar. 

Between 2015 and 2016, Aitor was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cologne under the sponsorship of Prof. W. Ameling and the Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung. From 2017, he taught at the University of Navarra and in 2023 has taken a permanent position at the University of Salamanca. 

His research interests lie particularly in the area of Greek culture and the processes of interaction and communication existing between Rome and the local communities of the eastern Mediterranean.
  • “Western Asia Minor and its Epigraphic Sources under the Tetrarchy: the End of a Habit?”, in: Historia [to appear in 2021]
  • “The Onomastics of Roman Citizenship in the Greek East”, in: Ando C. & Lavan M., Imperial and Local Citizenships in the Long Second Century AD (Oxford: Oxford University Press) [to appear in 2021].
  • “Appealing for the Emperor’s Justice: Provincial Petitions and Roman Responses prior to Late Antiquity”, in: Berthelot, K., Dohrmann N. B., Nemo-Pekelman, C. (2020), Legal Engagement. The Reception of Roman Law and Tribunals by Jews and Other Inhabitants of the Empire (Rome: École française de Rome).
  • “Mixed-Language Inscriptions, Social Groups and Freedmen in Roman Ephesus”, in: Latomus 79 (2020), pp. 3-24 [DOI: 10.2143/LAT.79.1.3287974]..
  • “Salvo Iure Gentium: Roman Citizenship and Civic Life before and after the Constitutio Antoniniana”, in: Al-Masaq 32.1 (2020), pp. 4-17 [DOI: 10.1080/09503110.2019.1675028].
  • “Rome: an Empire of Cities and a Sustainable Model of Urbanism?”, in: Andreu, J. (2020), Archaeology and Economy in the Ancient World 45 (Heidelberg, Propylaeum 2020), pp. 1-6 [DOI: 10.11588/propylaeum.556].
  • Signs of Weakness and Crisis in the Western Cities of the Roman Empire (c. II–III AD), co-ed. with J. Andreu (Stuttgart: F. Steiner, 2019)
  • “EPINIKIA: Celebrating Roman Victory in the Eastern Provinces of the Empire”, in: Tyche 33 (2018), pp. 9-41. 
  • “Nomenclature and Dating in Roman Asia Minor: (M.) Aurelius/a and the 3rd Century AD”, in: ZPE 199 (2016), pp. 271-293. 
  • “Mên Askaenos and the Native Cults of Antioch by Pisidia”, in: de Hoz, M.P., Between Tarhuntas and Zeus Polieus: Cultural Crossroads in Temples and Cults of Graeco-Roman Anatolia (Peteers: Leuven, 2016), pp. 117-153. 
  • “Apamea and the Integration of a Roman Colony in Western Asia Minor”, in: Roselaar, S.T., Processes of Cultural Change and Integration in the Roman World (Brill: Leiden, 2015), pp. 136-156.
  • “C. Claudius Lucianus: an Eirenarch from Akmoneia Selected by the Proconsul M. Sulpicius Crassus. A Note on SEG 56.149", in: ZPE 186 (2013), pp. 190-194.
  • “Themistius and the Accession of Theodosius I (Orat. XIV)”, in: García-Gasco, R. et. al., The Theodosian Age (A.D. 379-455): Power, place, belief and learning at the end of the Western Empire, (B.A.R.: Oxford, 2013), pp. 145-153.
  • “The Internal Insecurity of Pisidia at the End of the 3rd Century AD: ‘Barbarian’ Attacks or a Rebellion of Roman Citizens?” in: Álvarez Jiménez, D. et. al., El espejismo del bárbaro. Ciudadanos y extranjeros al final de la Antigüedad (Universitat Jaume I: Castellón, 2013), pp. 65-86.


  • Lerouxel (F.), Pont (A.-V.) (edd.) Propriétaires et citoyens dans l’Orient romain. (Scripta Antiqua 84. Bordeaux: Ausonius, 2016) for The Classical Review 67.1 (2017).
  • Brélaz, C. (ed.), L'héritage grec des colonies romaines d'Orient: interactions culturelles dans les provinces hellénophones de l'empire romain, in: Journal of Roman Studies 109 (2019). 
  • Imrie, A., The Antonine Constitution: An Edict For The Caracallan Empire in: Journal of Roman Studies 110 (2020).