Helots and Their Masters in Laconia and Messenia: Histories, Ideologies, Structures

Helots and Their Masters in Laconia and Messenia: Histories, Ideologies, Structures

by Nino Luraghi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674012232

ISBN-13: 9780674012233

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The name "Helots" evokes one of the most famous peculiarities of ancient Sparta, the system of dependent labor that guaranteed the livelihood of the free citizens. The Helots fulfilled all the functions that slaves carried out elsewhere in the Greek world, allowing their masters the leisure to be full-time warriors. Yet, despite their crucial role, Helots remain

Overview

The name "Helots" evokes one of the most famous peculiarities of ancient Sparta, the system of dependent labor that guaranteed the livelihood of the free citizens. The Helots fulfilled all the functions that slaves carried out elsewhere in the Greek world, allowing their masters the leisure to be full-time warriors. Yet, despite their crucial role, Helots remain essentially invisible in our ancient sources and peripheral and enigmatic in modern scholarship.

This book is devoted to a much-needed reassessment of Helotry and of its place in the history and sociology of unfree labor. The essays deal with the origins and historical development of Helotry, with its sociological, economic, and demographic aspects, with its ideological construction and negotiation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674012233
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
Hellenic Studies Series, #4
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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