The study of slavery: past issues and present approaches

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The three books under review are a testimony to the increasing interest in the subject of slavery, not only on the part of students and specialists but also the general public. S. Joshel’s monograph Slavery in the Roman world (hereafter SRW) and The Cambridge world history of slavery (hereafter CWHS), a collection of 22 contributions edited by K. Bradley and P. Cartledge, are introductory books aimed at the non-specialist reader or scholar and the university student. Antike Sklaverei, Rückblick und Ausblick (hereafter ASRA) edited by H. Heinen, stands at the other end of the spectrum, being aimed primarily at a scholarly audience with previous knowledge of the subject.

SANDRA R. JOSHEL, SLAVERY IN THE ROMAN WORLD (Cambridge University Press 2010). Pp. xvi + 236, maps 4, tables 2, figs. 73 including colour. ISBN 978-0-521-53501-4 (pbk.). $24.99 ($85 cloth). KEITH BRADLEY and PAUL CARTLEDGE (edd.), THE CAMBRIDGE WORLD HISTORY OF SLAVERY volume I. THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN WORLD (Cambridge University Press 2011). Pp. xi + 620, figs. 17. ISBN 978-0-521-84066-8. $180. HEINZ HEINEN (Hrsg.), ANTIKE SKLAVEREI: RÜCKBLICK UND AUSBLICK. NEUE BEITRÄGE ZUR FORSCHUNGSGESCHICHTE UND ZUR ERSCHLIESSUNG DER ARCHÄOLOGISCHEN ZEUGNISSE (Forschungen zur antiken Sklaverei Band 38; Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart 2010). Pp. x + 247, Taf. 31. ISBN 978-3-515-09413-9. EUR. 42.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-662
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Roman Archaeology
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 20 Dec 2013


  • Slavery
  • Roman
  • Theory


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