Chapter

Introduction

Edith Hall

in Ancient Slavery and Abolition

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199574674
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728723 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574674.003.0001

Series: Classical Presences

Introduction

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The use of images, arguments, examples, and ideas from ancient Greek and Roman sources was an important feature of the cultural activity surrounding the movement for abolition of slavery in Britain and North America from the late 17th century onwards. Although some attention has previously been paid by scholars to the presence of ancient slavery in academic discourse during this period, there is also a wide range of political and cultural media, including parliamentary speeches, political campaign literature, painting, pottery design, poetry, drama, fiction, and the popular press, in which the perceived parallels and differences between ancient and modern slavery are explored. This chapter traces previous scholarship touching on these materials, describes the main personalities, events, and chronology of the abolition movement, and introduces the theoretical and methodological approaches which are characteristic of the book as a whole.

Keywords: slavery; abolition; Rome; Ancient Greece; racism; parliament; antebellum; Atlantic; Africa; Caribbean

Chapter.  12287 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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