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Name: Chiara Ravera

PhD: History

Thesis Title: In nomine dominae: Notarial Documents and Women’s Lives in Genoese Chios (1348-1522)


Thesis Description:

My PhD project aims to explore women's lives in the Greek city of Chios (on the homonymous island) under Genoese rule (1346-1566). As Chios at that time was part of the overseas empire of Genoa a comparative study on women in Genoa (the capital of the Liguria region) would be interesting to establish similarities, differences and interdependence between centre and periphery and colonizer and colonized.

I will seek traces of women's activities in Chios within the many surviving notarial deeds (a type of document for which Genoa is famous) to understand more about their social and economic standing, rights and restrictions when their husbands were present and when they were not. Once a clearer picture is established, the situation of women in Chios will be compared with the one in Genoa to delineate whether the colony (Chios) followed the customs of the homeland (Genoa) or if there were significant differences and what may have caused them. Establishing if and how all of these aspects changed over time is also a major aim.

Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Dr. Balzaretti - University of Nottingham

Dr Richard Goddard  -  University of Nottingham


Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

  • Records of Latin inscriptions from Turin (Augusta Taurinorum) published for the Epigraphic Database Rome (EDR)/Electronic Archive of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (EAGLE) project at    (EDR111320-EDR111323;  EDR111666; EDR111668-EDR111670; EDR111929; EDR111931; EDR111933; EDR111936; EDR112015-EDR112016; EDR112018-EDR112020; EDR112022; EDR113288;  EDR113290; EDR113292; EDR113304-EDR113305; EDR113310-EDR113312; EDR113314; EDR113325;     EDR113327; EDR113350-EDR113354; EDR113360; EDR113364; EDR113368; EDR113403;     EDR113407-EDR113412; EDR113415-EDR113416; EDR113418; EDR113421-EDR113422; EDR113424;       EDR113481-EDR113484; EDR113487-EDR113490; EDR113492-EDR113495; EDR113511; EDR113513-EDR113515; EDR113517-EDR113518)            

  • Quattrocchi, L. – Ravera C., ‘La Tomba 75 di Montebelluna e la nuova gens degli Uniacii’, HERAKLEION, Revista Interdisciplinar de Historia y Arqueología del Mediterráneo, 8 (2015), 81-96



MA thesis 'I Genovesi a Chio (1346-1566) La formazione di una società plurale' (in Italian) available online at


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

2018 - 2019 

  • Volunteering for University of Nottingham Museum at Beeston Library Heritage Hack – Pop up Roman Museum (public handling sessions – mosaics [collage, for kids] and handling artifacts, both original and copies)


2017 - 2018 

  • Co-Organiser with Dr Aysu Dinçer (University of Warwick) of three sessions at the International Medieval Congress 2018 (Leeds 2-5 July 2018) on Gender, Networks, and Community in Legal Sources

  • Paper presented at International Medieval Congress 2018 (Leeds) 

  • Invited talk "Women in a Medieval Colony. The Greek Island of Chios under the Genoese (1346-1566)" (The Dante Alighieri Society of Birmingham, 9 May 2018)

  • Curatorial placement at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham (March - April 2018)

  • Joint paper with Elisa Vecchi at the conference "Building Cohesion and Unity: combining approaches to the study of the past" (University of Nottingham, 2 December 2017)

  • Paper presented at Urban Culture Network Postgraduate Workshop (20 September 2017)

  • Volunteer at the University of Nottingham Museum


2016 - 2017

  • Paper presented at International Medieval Congress 2017, Leeds

  • Paper presented at "Truth, lies and myths in history: is 'fake news' old news?" Nottingham Trent University’s Postgraduate History Conference

  • Paper presented at Othello’s Island Conference 2017 in Nicosia, Cyprus  (SDF-funded)

  • Paper presented at the University of Nottingham Postgraduate Medieval Seminar series

  • Talk to primary-school children (Classe III - year 4)  in Genoa (Italy) on what archaeologists and historians do

  • Member of the planning group organizing the M3C Research Festival 2017

  • Volunteer at the University of Nottingham Museum

  • Volunteer for Nottingham Journey to Justice events (Installation)


2015 - 2016

  • Poster Presentation at M3C Research Festival 

  • Finalist at the University of Nottingham Research Showcase 2016

  • Volunteer at the University of Nottingham Museum

Experiences and Activities Prior to Starting the PhD:

  • 2014 – 2015                 Volunteer for the online project ‘Pietre della Memoria’, which aims to record Italian inscriptions regarding the two World Wars and the Italian Liberation War (Resistenza)

  •  April 2014                     Research at the British School at Athens and in Chios (Greece) for M.A. dissertation

  • 29 October 2013 – 10 November 2013    Field assistant at the Cilicia Survey Project, Misis, Adana, (Turkey)

Supervision: Prof. G. Salmeri (Università di Pisa - Italy) and Dr. A. L. D’Agata (CNR -National Research Centre, Rome - Italy)

  • 2 – 27 September 2013     Field assistant at the VII archaeological campaign at the castle of Benabbio (Lucca – Italy)

Responsible: Dr. A. Fornaciari, Department of Paleopathology, Università di Pisa (Italy)

  • 6 June 2011 – 1 July 2011      Field assistant at the X archaeological campaign in the area of the north walls of Ventimiglia (Italy)

                                                         Direction: Dr. D. Gandolfi, Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri.

  •  2011                          Cataloguer for the Epigraphic Database of Rome (EDR) [records posted online in November 2014]

  • 24 May 2010 – 14  June 2010       Field assistant at the archaeological excavation at Cuciurpula (Serra-di-Scopamene – Corsica), Université de Provence, Maison mediterraneenne des sciences de     l'homme

                                                          Responsible: K. Peche-Quilichini

  • 7 September 2009 – 2 October 2009           Field assistant at the archaeological excavation in Rocca degli Alberti, Monterotondo (Grosseto – Italy)

                                                                          Direction: prof. G. Bianchi, Università di Siena (Italy)


Other Research Interests:

  • Classical archaeology
  • Roman and medieval epigraphy
  • Gender and women's studies