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Books in the Philip Weltner Library Concerning Ancient Slavery

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Confronting the Classics - Beard, Mary
Call Number: DE59 .B43 2013
ISBN: 9780871407160
Mary Beard is one of the world’s best-known classicists, an academic with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience. Here, she draws on thirty years of teaching about Greek and Roman history to provide a panoramic portrait of the classical world that draws surprising parallels with contemporary society. We are taken on a guided tour of antiquity, encountering some of the most famous (and infamous) characters of classical history, among them Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, Sappho and Hannibal. Challenging the notion that classical history is all about depraved emperors and conquering military heroes, Beard also introduces us to the common people -- the slaves, soldiers, and women. How did they live? What made them laugh? What were their marriages like? This bottom-up approach to history is typical of Beard, who looks with fresh eyes at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, taking aim at many of the assumptions we held as gospel. -- From publisher description.

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Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town - Beard, Mary
Call Number: DG70 .P7 B44 2010
ISBN: 1846684714
Destroyed by Vesuvius in A.D. 79, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of what life was like during the reign of the Roman Empire. In this book, acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains, painting an exhaustive portrait of an ancient town.

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The Fires of Vesuvius - Beard, Mary
Call Number: DG70 .P7 B43 2010
ISBN: 9780674045866
Destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 CE, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of life in the Roman Empire. But the eruptions are only part of the story. In The Fires of Vesuvius, acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains. She explores what kind of town it was -- more like Calcutta or the Costa del Sol? -- and what it can tell us about "ordinary" life there. -- From publisher description.

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Slavery and Society at Rome - Bradley, Keith
Call Number: HT863 .B7 1994
ISBN: 0521378877

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Roman Law of Slavery - Buckland, W. W.
Call Number: KJA2198 .B8 1969
ISBN: 9781120695000

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The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World - de St. Croix, G. E.
Call Number: DF91 .D4
ISBN: 0801414423

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Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology - Finley, Moses I.
Call Number: HT863 .F48
ISBN: 0670122777

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Slavery in Early Christianity - Glancy, Jennifer A.
Call Number: HT913 .G53 2002
ISBN: 0195136098

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Ancient Greece at Work - Glotz, Gustave
Call Number: HD4844 .G53 1926

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Agricola - Heitland, William Emerton
Call Number: HD132 .H4 1970
ISBN: 0837140889

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Slavery and Social Death - Patterson, Orlando
Call Number: HT871 .P37 1982
ISBN: 9780674810839

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Ancient Slavery and the Ideal of Man - Vogt, John
Call Number: HT863 .V613
ISBN: 0674034406

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Archaeology of Greek and Roman Slavery - Thompson, F. H.
Call Number: HT863 .T46 2003
ISBN: 0715631950

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Roman Slave Law - Watson, Alan
Call Number: KJA2198 .W38 1987
ISBN: 0801834392


Images of Enslavement in Ancient Greece and Rome

Mosaic floor with slaves serving at a banquet, found in Dougga (3rd century AD). Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Roman collared slaves — Marble relief, from Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey), 200 CE, Ashmolean Museum. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Seated woman adjusting her bracelet while her young slave opens a casket, funerary steel bearing the name of Glykylla. British Museum. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

Gynaeceum scene: A slave presents a baby to its mother. Red-figure lekythos, ca. 470-460 BC. From Eretria. National Archaelogical Musem, Athens, Greece. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Additional Resources

  • Slaves and Freemen
    Slaves in Rome might include prisoners of war, sailors captured and sold by pirates, or slaves bought outside Roman territory. In hard times, it was not uncommon for desperate Roman citizens to raise money by selling their children into slavery.
  • British Museum - Daily Life in Ancient Greece - Artifacts
    Slavery was a central feature of life in Greece. Families of reasonable wealth would have slaves to carry out the household chores, to go shopping at the market, and even to help bring up children.
  • Documents on Greek Slavery, c. 750-330 BCE - Fordham University
  • Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge
    If you want to find some really vivid stories about ordinary ancient Romans – not just about the toffs, the generals, and the emperors – some of the very best places to look are their tombstones. Romans owned hundreds of thousands of slaves, but also freed loads of them. Slavery in Rome wasn’t always a life-sentence.
  • Slaves in Roman Britain
    Roman slaves were often prisoners captured by the Romans in their wars or else they were the descendants of prisoners. A slave was the property of his or her master just like an animal and had no freedom at all.


Rome: Engineering an Empire / produced by KPI, History Television Network Productions; produced, written, and directed by Christopher Cassel.  DVD 3437

Using extensive state-of-the-art CGI animation, this documentary chronicles the spectacular as well as sordid history of the Roman Empire from the rise of Julius Caesar in 55 BC to its fall around 537 AD. The CGI animation gives the viewers an opportunity to see Rome's greatest structures the way the ancient Romans saw them. The insights of engineers, archaeologists, and historians add depth to segments on Hadrian's Wall, Caesar's Bridge, the aqueducts, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Baths of Caracalla, and the remains of Emperor Nero's lavish Golden Palace for a rare look at how one of Rome's most notorious megalomaniacs lived. Also includes never-before-seen footage shot on a diving expedition in the water channels underneath the Colosseum, channels once used to flood the arena for mock naval battles.

Engineering an Empire [videorecording]: Greece / produced by KPI, History Television Network Productions; produced, written, and directed by Ted Poole.   DVD 3020

Christianity [videorecording]: The First Two Thousand Years / executive producer, Bram Roos; produced by Filmroos, Inc. for A & E Television Networks.   DVD 3407

Tracks the evolution of the Christian faith from the Crucifixion to the Crusades and from the Reformation to the sweeping changes of Vatican II. Draws on ancient texts, the Scriptures, commentary from renowned scholars, and visits to historic sites to chronicle the events and personalities that shaped the history of Christianity.


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