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

ISBN : 9780198769941

David M. Lewis
384 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018
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Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c.800-146 BC explores the economic underpinnings of Greek elite culture by looking at systems of slavery across the Greek world and contextualizing these practices against a much wider Eastern Mediterranean canvas. By presenting detailed soundings in the slaving practices of the Greeks, Israelites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Carthaginians, it highlights points of resemblance and contrast and sheds light on the complex circumstances from which Greek slavery emerged.


List of Abbreviations
i Introduction and Brief History of the Issue
Part I: Prolegomena
1 Ownership and the Articulation of Slave Status in Greek and Near Eastern Legal Practice
2 The Riddle of Freedom
3 Status Distinctions in Greece and the Ancient Near East
4 Slave Societies, Societies with Slaves: Capturing the Relative Importance of Slavery to Ancient Economies
Part II: Epichoric Slave Systems of the Greek World
5 The Archaic Greek World
6 Helotic Slavery in Classical Sparta
7 Classical Crete
8 Classical Attica
Part III: Slave Systems of the Wider Eastern Mediterranean World
9 Iron Age II Israel
10 Assyria: The 8th-7th Centuries BC
11 Babylonia: The 7th-5th Centuries BC
12 The Persian Empire
13 Punic Carthage
Part IV: Why Slavery?
14 Differentials in the Magnitude of Slaveholding: Towards an Understanding of Regional Variation
Appendix: The Meaning of oiketes in Classical Greek
General Index
Index locorum

About the author: 

David M. Lewis hails from the Ards Peninsula in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, and studied at Durham University, gaining his PhD in 2012. Between 2013 and 2016 he worked at the University of Edinburgh, first as a postdoctoral fellow, and then as a Leverhulme Early Career fellow, then in 2016 took up the post of Assistant Professor of Ancient History at the University of Nottingham. His work focuses on Greek socio-economic history in a wider Eastern Mediterranean context.

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