Slavery in the Roman world / Sandra R. Joshel
- Joshel, Sandra R. (Sandra Rae), 1947-
- New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- Physical Description:
- xvi, 236 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm.
- Cambridge introduction to Roman civilization
- List of maps, tables, and figures -- Acknowledgments 1: Introduction to Roman slavery -- 2: Roman social order and a history of slavery -- 3: Sale of slaves -- 4: Practices of slaveholders and the lives of slaves -- 5: Slaves at work: in the fields, the household, and the marketplace -- Glossary Ancient sources -- Select bibliography -- Index.
- Overview: Rome was a slave society. Beyond the thousands of slaves who worked and lived in the heartland of the Roman Empire, slavery fundamentally shaped Roman society and culture. In this book, Sandra Joshel offers a comprehensive overview of Roman slavery. Using a variety of sources, including literature, law, and material culture, she examines the legal condition of Roman slaves, traces the stages of the sale of slaves, analyzes the relations between slaves and slaveholders, and details the social and family lives of slaves. Richly illustrated with images of slaves, captives, and the material conditions of slaves, this book also considers food, clothing, and housing of slaves, thereby locating slaves in their physical surroundings-the cook in the kitchen, the maid in her owner's bedroom, the smith in a workshop, and the farm laborer in a vineyard. Based on rigorous scholarship, Slavery in the Roman World serves as a lively, accessible account to introductory-level students of the ancient Mediterranean world.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-230) and index.
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