ISBN-10:
0520257022
ISBN-13:
9780520257023
Pub. Date:
08/04/2008
Publisher:
University of California Press
Slave Revolts in Antiquity / Edition 1

Slave Revolts in Antiquity / Edition 1

by Theresa Urbainczyk, Steven Gerrard

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Overview

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 as 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 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 Antiquity also addresses one of the most important issues of our own times-the meaning of freedom itself.

About the Author:
Theresa Urbainczyk is Senior Lecturer in Classics at University College Dublin and author of Spartacus, among other books

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520257023
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/04/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 191
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Theresa Urbainczyk is Senior Lecturer in Classics at University College Dublin and author of Spartacus, among other books.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Chronology     ix
The ancient Mediterranean     xiii
The significance of slave revolts     1
Preparing for revolt     10
Maintaining resistance     29
The role of the leader     51
The ideology of the slaves     75
Sympathy for the slaves: Diodorus Siculus     81
The secret of the success of the Spartan helots     91
Slave revolts in the ancient historiography     100
Notes     117
Bibliography     161
Index     173

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