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Plautus and Roman Slavery

Plautus and Roman Slavery by Roberta Stewart
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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 relationshipof 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.
Wiley; March 2012
224 pages; ISBN 9781118274156
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Title: Plautus and Roman Slavery
Author: Roberta Stewart
 
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ISBNs
1118274091
9781118274088
9781118274095
9781118274156
9781405196284