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Slavery in the Roman World

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Rome was a slave society. Beyond the thousands of slaves who worked and lived in the heartland of the Roman Empire, slavery fundamentally shaped Roman society and culture. In this book, Sandra Joshel offers a comprehensive overview of Roman slavery. Using a variety of sources, including literature, law, and material culture, she examines the legal condition of Roman slaves ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 16th 2010 by Cambridge University Press
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Jun 04, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it
This book presents a great deal fascinating information in a straight-forward manner with very little padding. The reader will learn about how we know what we do about slavery in Ancient Rome, how the slaves were looked upon and treated, and how the treatment of slaves changed over time. The author does a great job at capturing what the life of a slave in Ancient Rome would have been like.

Other topics discussed are:
-how slaves were bought and sold
-what determined whether a slave was “good” or “
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May 02, 2016 Lizzie Ashworth rated it it was amazing
This book deserves five stars for the sheer effort of research involved. As far as readibility goes, a three might be a more appropriate rating. I'm an avid history fan and a research addict, but I found this rough going. It seemed as if the author said everything ten times, one time after another, each time adding one or another tiny bit of new information. Her effort to be scholarly (necessary, considering this is part of a Cambridge series on Roman civilization) is over the top in my opinion. ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Rosemary rated it liked it
Interesting information but I found it repeated itself rather a lot. I preferred the Keith Bradley book Slavery and Society at Rome but may have been influenced by reading Bradley first, since they cover a lot of the same ground. Joshel is more cautious, constantly reminding us that sources may be unreliable, while Bradley merrily cites novels and all sorts. Since my interest is general rather than academic I preferred the second approach. Others might not.
Mar 14, 2014 Bonnie_blu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ancient_rome
Excellent introduction to slavery in the Roman world. Joshel also examines other slavery cultures throughout history, and explores the effects slavery had on slaves, slaveholders, and society. A must read for anyone who wants to try to understand how slavery could have existed in virtually all early cultures and into modern times.
Sep 30, 2013 Kyrke rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, english
Very comprehensible and informative. A little too many (unnecessary) pictures.
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