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Invention of Ancient Slavery : Duckworth Classical Essays - Niall McKeown

Invention of Ancient Slavery

Duckworth Classical Essays

Paperback Published: 1st April 2013
ISBN: 9780715631850
Number Of Pages: 176

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Slavery was a key institution in antiquity, but historians??? reconstructions of the lives of ancient Greek and Roman slaves have varied significantly, not just across time, but also between different countries today. Core assumptions made about the ancient slave can be subtly different in Germany (for example) than in the US or Britain. This book samples some of the different approaches available. It also examines why the differences exist and what they imply for those trying to discovery the ???reality??? of slave life. It raises key questions about how historians attempt to access the past and the impact that the nature of the evidence has on their work, even when this has not always been made explicit to the reader. Scholarly interpretations sometimes tell us more about the modern world than the ancient. Possible alternatives are explored.

McKeown has written a stimulating book that will challenge its readers to reflect on the difficulties inherent in writing the history of ancient slavery. Scholars who specialize in ancient slavery will inevitably disagree with some of McKeown s interpretations of both the ancient evidence and modern scholarship, but will still benefit from his critical orientation. Arguably, the book will be of most use to those who teach classes on ancient slavery, for it will force students to deal head-on with questions of methodology that are central to any effort to reconstruct the past.

Acknowledgementsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
The Changing Face of Roman Slaveryp. 11
Ancient Slavery and Modern Geographyp. 30
Struggling with Class: Shtaerman, Trofimova and a Marxist View of Roman Slaveryp. 52
Keith Bradley: Passionate about Slaveryp. 77
'I too want to tell a story...': Some Modern Literary Scholars and Ancient Slaveryp. 97
A Scientific Approach to Ancient Slavery?p. 124
The Greeks Do It (a Bit) Better: The Opportunities of Silencep. 141
Conclusionsp. 159
Bibliography of Works Citedp. 165
Indexp. 172
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ISBN: 9780715631850
ISBN-10: 0715631853
Series: Duckworth Classical Essays
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st April 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1