Free At Last!: The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman Empire

Free At Last!: The Impact of Freed Slaves on the Roman Empire

by Bloomsbury Academic


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How did freed slaves reinvent themselves after the shackles of slavery had been lifted? How were they reintegrated into society, and what was their social position and status? What contributions did they make to the society that had once - sometimes brutally - repressed them? This collection builds on recent dynamic work on Roman freedmen, the contributors drawing upon a rich and varied body of evidence - visual, literary, epigraphic and archaeological - to elucidate the impact of freed slaves on Roman society and culture amid the shadow of their former servitude. The contributions span the period between the first century BC and the early third century AD and survey the territories of the Roman Republic and Empire, while focusing on Italy and Rome.

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ISBN-13: 9781472504494
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/02/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sinclair Bell is Assistant Professor of Art History, Northern Illinois University, USA.
Teresa R. Ramsby is Associate Professor of Classics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.

Table of Contents

Teresa Ramsby, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

Locating the Grapevine in the Late Republic: Freedom and Communication
Pauline Ripat, University of Winnipeg, Canada

The Face of the Social Climber: Roman Freedmen and Elite Ideology
Babara Borg, University of Exeter, UK

The Freedman Economy of Roman Italy
Koenraad Verboven, University of Ghent, Belgium ?

Deciphering Freedwomen in the Roman Empire
Marc Kleijwegt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Feasting the Dead Together: Household Burials and the Social Strategies of Slaves and Freed Persons in the Early Principate
Carlos R. Galvao-Sobrinho, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

'Reading' the Freed Slave in the Cena Trimalchionis
Teresa Ramsby, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA

Between Fame and Infamia: The Image and Influence of Roman Charioteers
Sinclair Bell, Northern Illinois University, USA

'Saintly Souls:' White Teachers' Instruction of Greek and Latin to African American Freedmen
Michele Ronnick, Wayne State University, USA

Eleanor W. Leach, Indiana University, USA


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