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T307 4040: Reconstructing Roman Slavery
3 credit hours
Instructor(s): Bill Owens
What was it like to be a slave in the Roman world? No firsthand account describing slavery which was written by a slave has survived. To understand what a slave's life was like we are forced to reconstruct slavery from the materials that do survive. These include: descriptions of slavery and slaves by the slave owners; literature which features characters who are slaves; archaeological remains which illustrate the conditions of slavery. An important concern of this class will be the special demands made in the reading and interpretation of texts that are over two-thousand years old. Finally, the experience of African-American slaves in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a period more richly documented than the Roman, helps us to imagine much more about the Roman institution than what we could infer from the ancient sources alone.