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Slave Revolts in Antiquity

ISBN-10: 0520257022

ISBN-13: 9780520257023

Edition: 2008

Authors: Theresa Urbainczyk

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Although much has been written on Greek and Roman slavery in antiquity, the same cannot be said for slave resistance in this period. Slave revolts have typically been dismissed as historically insignificant or exceptional events resulting from peculiar historical circumstances. In the first in-depth work on this topic to be published in two decades, Theresa Urbainczyk challenges much current thinking by looking beyond the canonical sources to reveal a longer and far more significant history of slave resistance. Her engaging, up-to-date account considers the circumstances of these revolts, looks at slave leaders and how they are recorded in history, explores the aims of slaves, examines attitudes toward freedom and slavery, and more. Dissecting both ancient and modern sources, she finds that the writers who recorded and rerecorded these slave rebellions and wars had every reason to repress large-scale resistance or to reconfigure it as something other than what it was.Slave Revolts in Antiquityalso addresses one of the most important issues of our own time: the meaning of freedom itself. Copub: Acumen Publishing Limited
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 191
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Chronology
The ancient Mediterranean
The significance of slave revolts
Preparing for revolt
Maintaining resistance
The role of the leader
The ideology of the slaves
Sympathy for the slaves: Diodorus Siculus
The secret of the success of the Spartan helots
Slave revolts in the ancient historiography
Notes
Bibliography
Index