Free At Last!: The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman Empire

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2014 - History - 224 pages
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How did freed slaves reinvent themselves after the shackles of slavery had been lifted? How were they reintegrated into society, and what was their social position and status? What contributions did they make to the society that had once - sometimes brutally - repressed them? This collection builds on recent dynamic work on Roman freedmen, the contributors drawing upon a rich and varied body of evidence - visual, literary, epigraphic and archaeological - to elucidate the impact of freed slaves on Roman society and culture amid the shadow of their former servitude. The contributions span the period between the first century BC and the early third century AD and survey the territories of the Roman Republic and Empire, while focusing on Italy and Rome.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Roman Freedmen and Elite Ideology
25
Freedmen and Communication
50
3 Reading the Freed Slave in the Cena Trimalchionis
66
4 The Freedman Economy of Roman Italy
88
5 Deciphering Freedwomen in the Roman Empire
110
Household Burials and the Social Strategies of Slaves and Freed Persons in the Early Principate
130
White Teachers Advocacy and Instruction of Greek and Latin to African American Freedmen
177
What has Pliny to Say?
196
Index
211
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Sinclair Bell is Assistant Professor of Art History, Northern Illinois University, USA.
Teresa R. Ramsby is Associate Professor of Classics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.

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