The Nature of Slavery

Antony Honoré

in The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199660469
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745508 | DOI:
The Nature of Slavery

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This chapter uses a reading of Roman law to study the nature of slavery. Roman law was the first system that legalized slavery in detail and simultaneously admitted that it was open to objection. It shows that slavery led to the rise of manumission, or the freeing of slaves. Next, it looks at slavery as an institution that prevents the natural capacities of reasoning and choice, and discusses the influence of Stoic philosophy on Roman lawyers. It also explains how slavery and its criticisms were understood in Roman law. Finally, this chapter shows how people became slaves and takes a look at some elements of ownership.

Keywords: Roman law; nature of slavery; manumission; Stoic philosophy; elements of ownership; slavery

Chapter.  4244 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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