Special Topics in History: Short Course - "Slavery in the Ancient Greek and Roman World" -- Session A

History N100.001

Summer 2015
First 6 Week Session
Day & Time: 
TuTh 4-6P
  • This course does not count for credit toward the History Major but may fulfill other requirements.
  • The institution of slavery was deeply embedded in the political, legal, social, economic and cultural framework of the ancient Greek and Roman world.  Among societies that have tolerated or supported the domination and ownership of human beings by other human beings, ancient Greece and Rome stand out as two of the few that can properly be considered “slave societies.”  In order to examine the impact of slavery on state and society in the ancient Greek and Roman, world we will consider a wide range of topics including the origins and maintenance of the slave system, slave labor, family life, resistance and slave rebellions, manumission and freedom, and Greek and Roman ideas about slavery.  Discussion of slavery in the antebellum U.S. South will help us to place ancient slavery in a broad historical and comparative perspective.
    This is a two-unit course.  There are no prerequisites

    Course Books

    Slavery and Society at Rome by Bradley, Keith Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521378871 Required
    Slavery in Classical Greece by Fischer, N. Bristol Classical Press. ISBN: 9781853991349 Required
    Greek and Roman Slavery: A Sourcebook by Wiedemann, T. Routledge. ISBN: 9780415029728 Required