The Slave in Greece and Rome

The Slave in Greece and Rome

Paperback Wisconsin Studies in Classics (Paperback)

By (author) Jean Andreau, By (author) Raymond Descat, Translated by Marion Leopold

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  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Wisconsin
  • ISBN 10: 0299283747
  • ISBN 13: 9780299283742
  • Sales rank: 861,892

Product description

Jean Andreau and Raymond Descat break new ground in this comparative history of slavery in Greece and Rome. Focusing on slaves' economic role in society, their crucial contributions to Greek and Roman culture, and their daily and family lives, the authors examine the different ways in which slavery evolved in the two cultures. Accessible to both scholars and students, this book provides a detailed overview of the ancient evidence and the modern debates surrounding the vast and largely invisible populations of enslaved peoples in the classical world.

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Author information

Jean Andreau is professor of history at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Raymond Descat is professor of history at the University of Bordeaux.

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"A concise and elegant summary of what is known about classical slavery. The authors provide a rich and well-written argument, moving among various kinds of evidence, literary and material, and treating historiographical difficulties and scholarly controversies without getting lost in them. One of its great virtues is the constant interplay between Greek and Roman practices, providing a model of comparative study."--Page duBois, author of "Slavery: Antiquity and Its Legacy "and "Slaves and Other Objects "