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    DescriptionA pathbreaking study of the role played by ancient Greek and Roman sources and voices in the struggle to abolish transatlantic slavery and in representations of that struggle in the twentieth century. Thirteen essays by an interdisciplinary team of specialists from three continents, led by the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome at Royal Holloway University of London, ask how both critics and defenders of slavery in media ranging from parliamentary speeches to poetry, fiction, drama, and cinema have summoned the ghosts of the ancient Spartans, Homer, Aristotle, Aeschylus, Pliny, Spartacus, and Prometheus to support their arguments.

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    Ancient Slavery and Abolition
    From Hobbes to Hollywood
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Justine McConnell, Edited by Richard Alston, Edited by Edith Hall
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 528
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 217 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 836 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199574674
    ISBN 10: 0199574677

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 306.362
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    LC classification: HT861 .A65 2011
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    Illustrations note
    34 in-text illustrations
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    05 September 2011
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    Author Information
    Edith Hall is Research Professor, Royal Holloway University of London. Richard Alston is Professor of Roman History, Royal Holloway University of London. Edith Hall is Research Professor, Royal Holloway University of London Justine McConnell is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Northwestern University.
    Review quote
    In general, by its range of topics and insightful analysis of different sources, the book will surely give new impetus to reception studies. Fabio Duarte Joly, Classical Journal
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction: 'A Valuable Lesson' ; 2. The Good Master: Pliny, Hobbes, and the Nature of Freedom ; 3. Appropriations of Spartan Helotage in British Antislavery Debates of the 1790s ; 4. The Influence of Classical Ideas on the Anti-Slavery Debate at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (1795-1834) ; 5. A Stronger Muse: Classical Influences on Eighteenth-Century Abolitionist Poetry ; 6. The Politics of Classicism in the Poetry of Phillis Wheatley ; 7. Between Victimhood and Agency: Nydia the Slave in Bulwer's 'The Last Days of Pompeii' ; 8. The Problem with Prometheus: Myth, Abolition, and Radicalism ; 9. Recollecting Aristotle: Proslavery Thought in Antebellum America and the Argument of Politics Book I ; 10. The Auctoritas of Antiquity: Debating Slavery through Classical Exempla in the Antebellum USA ; 11. Yankee She-Men and Octoroon Electra: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve on Slavery, Race, and Abolition ; 12. Universal Slave Revolts: C.L.R. James' use of Classical Literature in 'The Black Jacobins' ; 13. Eumaeus and Eurycleia in the Deep South: Odyssean Slavery in 'Sommersby' ; Postscript: Slavery, Abolition, Modernity, and the Past