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Slavery in the Roman World

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Part of Cambridge Introduction to Roman Civilization

  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521827744


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  • Sandra Joshel provides a comprehensive overview of Roman slavery. Using a variety of sources, including literature, law, and material culture, she examines the legal condition of Roman slaves, traces the stages of the sale of slaves, analyses the relations between slaves and slaveholders, and details the social and family lives of slaves. Richly illustrated with images of slaves, captives, and the material conditions of slaves, this book also considers food, clothing, and housing of slaves, thereby locating slaves in their physical surroundings – the cook in the kitchen, the maid in her owner's bedroom, the smith in a workshop, and the farm labourer in a vineyard. Based on rigorous scholarship, Slavery in the Roman World serves as a lively, accessible account to introductory-level students of the ancient Mediterranean world.

    • Features many illustrations, maps, and tables to bring the text to life and make it easier for students to understand
    • Combines rigorous scholarship with accessibility for those without a background in classics and Roman history
    • Comprehensive in its coverage, examining all the main aspects of Roman slavery
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    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521827744
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 84 b/w illus. 4 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to Roman slavery
    2. The Roman social order and a history of slavery
    3. The slave of slaves
    4. The practices of slaveholders and the lives of slaves
    5. Slaves at work: in the fields, the household, and the shop.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Global Slavery
  • Author

    Sandra R. Joshel, University of Washington
    Sandra Joshel is Professor of History at the University of Washington in Seattle. A scholar of Roman slavery, women, and gender, she is the author of Work, Identity and Legal Status at Rome: A Study of the Occupational Inscriptions and editor (with Sheila Murnaghan) of Women and Slaves in Greco-Roman Culture: Differential Equations and (with Margaret Malamud and Donald T. McGuire) Imperial Projections: Ancient Rome in Modern Popular Culture.


    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2011

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