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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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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.
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.
Very comprehensible and informative. A little too many (unnecessary) pictures.
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