Slavery, Agricultural Labor, and the Economy in the later Roman Empire

History 280A

Fall 2018
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Thu 9am–12pm
Class Number: 
21628
Units: 
4

Beginning with a discussion of the principal historiographic works and hence the central areas of scholarly controversy regarding slavery and other forms of agricultural labor and the late Roman economy (Harper, Hickey, Sarris, Bransbourg, Grey), the course will then focus on the evidence from legal, literary, and documentary sources, to end with a discussion of Augustine of Hippo's recently discovered letters on slavery and coloni.