Slaves, Warfare, and Ideology in the Greek Historians

Slaves, Warfare, and Ideology in the Greek Historians

by Peter Hunt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521893909

ISBN-13: 9780521893909

Pub. Date: 05/09/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The warring Greek city-states of the classical period often found it advantageous to use slaves in their armed forces and to encourage rebellion or desertion among the slaves of their enemies. But since military service was highly esteemed, while the state of slavery was despised, classical Greek historians such as Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon tended not to

Overview

The warring Greek city-states of the classical period often found it advantageous to use slaves in their armed forces and to encourage rebellion or desertion among the slaves of their enemies. But since military service was highly esteemed, while the state of slavery was despised, classical Greek historians such as Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon tended not to discuss slave participation in war. This book examines the actual role of slaves in war, the neglect of it by historians, and the reasons for this reticence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521893909
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/09/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1. Background: warfare, slavery, and ideology; 2. Herodotus: the Persian Wars; 3. Herodotus: freedom or slavery; 4. Thucydides: Helots and Messenians; 5. Thucydides: manning the navies; 6. Thucydides: encouraging slave desertion; 7. Thucydides: the ideology of citizen unity; 8. Xenophon: ideal rulers, ideal slaves; 9. Xenophon: warfare and revolution; 10. Xenophon: the decline of hoplite ideology; 11. Conclusion: Volones, Mamluks, and Confederates.

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