Slaves in Roman Society

Leonhard Schumacher

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Slaves in Roman Society

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This article discusses slaves and slavery in Roman society. It discusses the disputes regarding the definition of the term “slave”, and then moves on to describe the various social relations of slaves. These are the slave “family” and their relations with other slaves in society. The article also determines the social differentiation of slaves, and that the permanent subjection to the unrestricted power of another person or institution was a feature common to all slaves.

Keywords: slaves; slavery; social relations; slave family; social differentiation

Article.  10048 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History

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