The Cambridge World History of Slavery: Volume 1, The Ancient Mediterranean World

The Cambridge World History of Slavery: Volume 1, The Ancient Mediterranean World

by Keith Bradley
     
 

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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

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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.

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521840668
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/07/2011
Series:
The Cambrdige World History of Slavery Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

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Meet the Author

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 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).

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