Professor Moatti studies the Roman State through two approaches: one concerns the construction of the concept of respublica
, and the other the administrative capacity of the state to control people and territories. For this last issue, she first focused on the developments of its archives and on its rationalization at the end of the Republic; then, she has worked on the control of human mobility in the roman Empire. This work is a part of a comparative program she has been directing for 4 years, in Europe, on the Control of Human Mobility in the Mediterranean from Ancient Times to Early Modern Times.
Her current project examines three categories of mouvement and mobility: communication, human mobility and translation in order to understand the political, cultural and social effects of mouvement on Roman society. She is also writing a book on Roman politics and cosmopolitanism.
Roman History, Roman Administration, Human Mobility, Legal concept of libertas, Ancient Political thought