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

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Keith Bradley, Paul Cartledge
Cambridge University Press, Mar 7, 2011 - History - 620 pages
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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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Contents

introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 Slavery in the ancient Near East
4
CHAPTER 2 Slaves in Greek literary culture
22
CHAPTER 3 Classical Athens
48
a contemporary review
74
CHAPTER 5 Slavery and economy in the Greek world
91
CHAPTER 6 The slave supply in classical Greece
112
CHAPTER 7 Slavery and the Greek family
134
CHAPTER 15 Slave labour and roman society
311
CHAPTER 16 Slavery and the Roman family
337
CHAPTER 17 Resisting slavery at Rome
362
CHAPTER 18 Slavery and Roman material culture
385
CHAPTER 19 Slavery and Roman law
414
CHAPTER 20 Slavery and the Jews
438
CHAPTER 21 Slavery and the rise of Christianity
456
CHAPTER 22 Slavery in the late Roman world
482

CHAPTER 8 Resistance among chattel slaves in the classical Greek world
153
CHAPTER 9 Archaeology and Greek slavery
176
CHAPTER 10 Slavery in the Hellenistic world
194
CHAPTER 11 Slavery and Roman literary culture
214
CHAPTER 12 Slavery in the Roman Republic
241
CHAPTER 13 Slavery Under the Principate
265
CHAPTER 14 The Roman slave supply
287
Bibliography
510
General Index
563
Index of ancient passages cited
593
Index of inscriptions and papyri
616
Index of jewish and christian literature cited
619
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Keith Bradley is Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Professor of Classics at the University of Notre Dame. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, he held a Killam Research Fellowship in Canada from 1996 to 1998. His principal interests are in the history of Roman society and culture, on which he has published widely. He is the author of Discovering the Roman Family: Studies in Roman Social History (1991) and Slavery and Society at Rome (Cambridge, 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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