Ancient Slavery and Abolition: From Hobbes to Hollywood

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Edith Hall, Richard Alston, Justine McConnell
Oxford University Press, Jul 7, 2011 - History - 509 pages
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A pathbreaking study of the role played by ancient Greek and Roman sources and voices in the struggle to abolish transatlantic slavery and in representations of that struggle in the twentieth century. Thirteen essays by an interdisciplinary team of specialists from three continents, led by the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome at Royal Holloway University of London, ask how both critics and defenders of slavery in media ranging from parliamentary speeches to poetry, fiction, drama, and cinema have summoned the ghosts of the ancient Spartans, Homer, Aristotle, Aeschylus, Pliny, Spartacus, and Prometheus to support their arguments.
  

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Contents

AValuable Lesson
1
Pliny Hobbes and the Nature of Freedom
41
3 Appropriations of Spartan Helotage in British AntiSlavery Debates of the 1790s
65
4 The Influence of Classical Ideas on the AntiSlavery Debate at the Cape of Good Hope South Africa 17951834
103
Classical Influences on EighteenthCentury Abolitionist Poetry
125
6 The Politics of Classicism in the Poetry of Phillis Wheatley
153
Nydia the Slave in Bulwers The Last Days of Pompeii
181
Myth Abolition and Radicalism
209
Debating Slavery through Classical Exempla in the Antebellum USA
279
Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve on Slavery Race and Abolition
319
C L R Jamess Use of Classical Literature in The Black Jacobins
353
Odyssean Slavery in Sommersby
385
Slavery Abolition Modernity and the Past
409
Consolidated Bibliography
425
Index
467
Copyright

ProSlavery Thought in Antebellum America and the Argument of Politics Book I
247

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Edith Hall is Research Professor, Royal Holloway University of London.

Richard Alston is Professor of Roman History, Royal Holloway University of London.

Edith Hall is Research Professor, Royal Holloway University of London

Justine McConnell is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Northwestern University.

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