Slave Revolts in Antiquity
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Author(s): Theresa Urbainczyk  
ISBN: 1844651029
ISBN-13: 9781844651023
Publication Date: 31/03/2008
Pages: 192 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £14.99
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Although much has been written on Greek and Roman slavery, slave resistance has typically been dismissed as historically insignificant and those revolts that are documented are portrayed as wholly exceptional and resulting from peculiar historical circumstances that had little to do with the intrinsic views or organizational capabilities of the slaves themselves. In this book Theresa Urbainczyk challenges the current orthodoxy and argues that there were many more slave revolts than is usually assumed and they were far from insignificant historically. She carefully dissects ancient and modern interpretations to show that there was every reason for the writers who recorded and re-recorded the slave rebellions and wars to repress or to reconfigure any larger-scale slave resistance as something other than what it was. Further, she shows that we often have the accounts that we do because of the happenstance of certain ancient authors having been particularly interested in creating accounts of them for their own interests. Urbainczyk argues that we need to look beyond the canonical sources and episodes to see a bigger history of long-term resistance of slaves to their enslavement.

"A valuable book for scholars and students alike. Urbainczyk’s views will be discussed extensively and they will stir up the debate on a topic that has been neglected."
Constantina Katsari, School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester

Theresa Urbainczyk is Senior Lecturer in Classics at University College Dublin.

1. Introduction
2. Outbreaks
3. Organisation
4. Leaders
5. Ideology
6. Diodorus
7. Historiography

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