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The Archaeology of Greek and Roman Slavery : Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London - F.H. Thompson

The Archaeology of Greek and Roman Slavery

Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London

Hardcover Published: 27th February 2003
ISBN: 9780715631959
Number Of Pages: 320

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Slavery is a word heavy with emotional and political overtones - to be owned by another person and treated as a commodity is the ultimate injustice. But this was the fate of a substantial percentage of the population of the ancient world. Slavery was essential to their societies; thus slavery is necessarily a core topic in the study of classical civilisation. Most previous studies of ancient slavery have grown out of historical and literary research. In the flood of books and papers on the subject, the archaeological evidence has often been ignored. This book fills the gap by confronting, for the first time, the archaeological evidence for slavery.This evidence is used to build up a picture of rich complexity, drawing both on historical sources or inscriptions and on archaeological studies of the development of technology and the economy. The book covers topics as diverse as the source of slaves, the nature of the slave trade, and the use of slave-labour in agriculture, mines and quarries, corn and weaving mills, and water-lifting. It concludes with chapters on restraint and slave revolts. This comprehensive and masterful book will be used both as a source of evidence and as a starting point for future research but by anyone studying the topic of slavery in any age.

List of Illustrations and Sources
Sources of Slaves and the Trade in Slaves
General introduction
The detailed evidence c. 800-500 BC c. 500-300 BC
The Roman Empire
Slaves in Greek Agriculture Introduction Geometric to Archaic periods
The Classical period
The Hellenistic period
Slaves in Roman Agriculture: the Republic
The background Early Greek agriculture in Italy Sicily and Magna Graecia, including North Africa, up to the Roman conquest Italy to the time of Augustus
The Etruscans Italy to 200 BC
From 200 BC to Augustus
Slaves in Roman Agriculture: the Empire Italy under the Empire
The provinces Spain North Africa Gaul Britian
The Germanies, Raetia and the limes
Dalmatia and the Danube provinces: Noricum, Pannonia, Moesia
Slavery in Quarries and Mines Quarries
The Greek world
The Roman world Mines
The Greek world
The Roman world Salt
Slaves in Corn- and Weaving Mills and their Use in Lifting Devices
Corn-mills Weaving, dyeing and fulling mills
Water- and weight-lifting and other mechanical devices
Means of Restraint Shackling Collars and bullae
Marks of identification
The slave prison (ergastulum)
Flight and Revolt Introduction Slave wars to 136 BC
The First Sicilian Slave War, c. 136/5-132 BC
The Second Sicilian Slave War, c. 104-101 BC
The Spartacus rebellion, 73-71 BC
Slave revolts after Spartacus
Epilogue Ralph Jackson
Abbreviations and Bibliography
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780715631959
ISBN-10: 0715631950
Series: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27th February 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1