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The Cambridge World History of Slavery

Volume 1. The Ancient Mediterranean World


Part of The Cambridge World History of Slavery

Daniel C. Snell, Peter Hunt, T. E. Rihll, Paul Cartledge, Dimitris J. Kyrtatas, David Braund, Mark Golden, Niall McKeown, Ian Morris, Dorothy J. Thompson, Sandra R. Joshel, Keith Bradley, Neville Morley, Walter Scheidel, John Bodel, Jonathan Edmonson, Michele George, Jane F. Gardner, Catherine Hezser, Jennifer Glancy, Cam Grey
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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521840668

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  • Volume 1 in the new Cambridge World History of Slavery surveys the history of slavery in the ancient Mediterranean world. Although chapters are devoted to the ancient Near East and the Jews, its principal concern is with the societies of ancient Greece and Rome. These are often considered as the first examples in world history of genuine slave societies because of the widespread prevalence of chattel slavery, which is argued to have been a cultural manifestation of the ubiquitous violence in societies typified by incessant warfare. There was never any sustained opposition to slavery, and the new religion of Christianity probably reinforced rather than challenged its existence. In twenty-two chapters, leading scholars explore the centrality of slavery in ancient Mediterranean life using a wide range of textual and material evidence. Non-specialist readers in particular will find the volume an accessible account of the early history of this crucial phenomenon.

    • Provides a comprehensive survey covering the whole of the ancient Mediterranean and three thousand years of history
    • Explores the history of slavery from many different perspectives and using the full range of available textual and material evidence
    • Considers the various forms of 'unfreedom' which existed, while concentrating particularly on the well-attested 'slave societies' of ancient Greece and Rome
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'No slave voices survive. But what can be excavated from the evidence is considered here in a scholarly, detailed, clearly argued and thoroughly worthwhile collection of essays.' Literary Review

    'This first instalment in the four-volume Cambridge World History of Slavery is an impressive synthesis of current Anglophone scholarship on slavery in the Greek and Roman worlds. It is a very welcome addition to the bibliography. With its wide chronological and thematic scope, its detailed coverage of key scholarship and primary sources and the authority of the contributors, it is sure to become the first port of call for students and for scholars approaching a period or topic for the first time. This substantial volume is certainly the new authority on Greco-Roman slavery. It is an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike.' Miles Lavan, The Journal of Roman Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521840668
    • length: 632 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 163 x 39 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Series editors' introduction:
    1. Slavery in the Ancient Near East Daniel C. Snell
    2. Slaves in Greek literary culture Peter Hunt
    3. Classical Athens T. E. Rihll
    4. The Helots: a contemporary review Paul Cartledge
    5. Slavery and economy in the Greek world Dimitris J. Kyrtatas
    6. The slave-supply in Classical Greece David Braund
    7. Slavery and the Greek family Mark Golden
    8. Resistance among chattel slaves in the Classical Greek world Niall McKeown
    9. Archaeology and Greek slavery Ian Morris
    10. Slavery in the Hellenistic world Dorothy J. Thompson
    11. Slavery and Roman literary culture Sandra R. Joshel
    12. Slavery in the Roman Republic Keith Bradley
    13. Slavery under the Principate Neville Morley
    14. The Roman slave supply Walter Scheidel
    15. Slave labour and Roman society John Bodel
    16. Slavery and the Roman family Jonathan Edmonson
    17. Resisting slavery at Rome Keith Bradley
    18. Slavery and Roman material culture Michele George
    19. Slavery and Roman law Jane F. Gardner
    20. Slavery and the Jews Catherine Hezser
    21. Slavery and the rise of Christianity Jennifer Glancy
    22. Slavery in the late Roman world Cam Grey.

  • Editors

    Keith Bradley, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Keith Bradley is Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Professor of Classics at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and held a Killam Research Fellowship in Canada during 1996–1998. He is also the author of Discovering the Roman Family: Studies in Roman Social History (1991) and Slavery and Society at Rome (1994).

    Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge
    Paul Cartledge is A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Clare College. He has published extensively on Greek history over several decades, including The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece (Cambridge 1997, new edition 2002), Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past (2004, revised edition 2005), and most recently Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice (Cambridge, 2009).


    Daniel C. Snell, Peter Hunt, T. E. Rihll, Paul Cartledge, Dimitris J. Kyrtatas, David Braund, Mark Golden, Niall McKeown, Ian Morris, Dorothy J. Thompson, Sandra R. Joshel, Keith Bradley, Neville Morley, Walter Scheidel, John Bodel, Jonathan Edmonson, Michele George, Jane F. Gardner, Catherine Hezser, Jennifer Glancy, Cam Grey

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