Plautus and Roman Slavery

Plautus and Roman Slavery

eBook - 2012
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This book studies a crucial phase in the history of Roman slavery,beginning with the transition to chattel slavery in the thirdcentury bce and ending with antiquity's first large-scaleslave rebellion in the 130s bce. Slavery is a relationship of power, and to study slavery - and not simply masters orslaves - we need to see the interactions of individuals whospeak to each other, a rare kind of evidence from the ancientworld.

Plautus' comedies could be our most reliable source forreconstructing the lives of slaves in ancient Rome. By readingliterature alongside the historical record, we can conjure athickly contextualized picture of slavery in the late third andearly second centuries bce, the earliest period for which we havesuch evidence.

The book discusses how slaves were captured and sold; theirtreatment by the master and the community; the growth of theconception of the slave as "other than human," and aschattel; and the problem of freedom for both slaves and society.
Publisher: Malden, MA ; Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
ISBN: 9781118274095
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 229 pages)
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc


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