The Cambridge world history of slavery /

"Most societies in the past have had slaves, and almost all peoples have at some time in their pasts been both slaves as well as owners of slaves. Recent decades have seen a significant increase in our understanding of the historical role played by slavery and wide interest across a range of ac...

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Other Authors: Bradley, Keith, 1946-, Cartledge, Paul.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011-
Online Access: Online version [v. 1]
Online version [v. 3]
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Research into ancient slavery has expanded greatly since the 1955 publication of W. L. Westermann's The Slave Systems of Greek and Roman Antiquity. The appearance of this first volume of The Cambridge World History of Slavery is, therefore, welcome. The authors include the most distinguished contemporary scholars of ancient slavery. The volume contains 22 chapters: 1 on ancient Near Eastern slavery, 9 on Greek slavery, and 12 on Roman slavery. A 52-page bibliography closes the work. The range of topics is broad, including slaves in literary culture, slaves and the economy, slave supply, slaves and the family, the Helots, and slaves and the Jews and Christianity. Each chapter consists of an interpretive essay and a brief bibliographical essay. Two additional elements would have perfected this excellent work. First, as its subtitle indicates, the focus is primarily on Greco-Roman slavery, with the rest of the world limited to a single brief chapter on ancient Near Eastern slavery. Second, the work needs a serious historiographical introduction that would situate it in the development of scholarship since the publication of Westermann's book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. M. Burstein emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles

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