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Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c.800-146 BC

David M. Lewis

Abstract

The orthodox view of ancient Mediterranean slavery holds that Greece and Rome were the only ‘genuine slave societies’ of the ancient world, that is, societies in which slave labour contributed significantly to the economy and underpinned the wealth of elites. Other societies, labelled as ‘societies with slaves’, apparently made little use of slave labour, and have therefore been largely ignored in recent work. Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c.800–146 BC presents a radically different view. Slavery was indeed particularly highly developed in Greece and Rome; but it ... More

Keywords: slavery, Greece, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Carthage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198769941
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198769941.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Lewis, author
Assistant Professor of Ancient History, University of Nottingham