DPRR is a three-year, AHRC funded, research project which began in late 2013 and is based in the Departments of Classics and of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. The project’s main objectives are:
- To advance, through prosopographical research (the mass study of attested individuals), our historical understanding of the elite of the Roman Republic, including:
- its definition and size;
- to what extent it formed a 'class';
- the significance and practical effects of patrician status;
- how exclusive (hereditary) and stable or permeable the elite was;
- the impact of major changes (Struggle of Orders, enfranchisement of Italians);
- relationships with non-senator wealthy Romans and others (the emergence of the equites);
- changing 'career' patterns.
- To create an online prosopography of the elite of the Roman Republic which is more comprehensive, detailed and systematic than earlier studies, that is a digital resource (website) which records in an easily searchable format references (literary, epigraphic, numismatic) to individual members of the elite, their public careers, their family lines and lateral connections, property and wealth.