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Slave Revolts in Antiquity (Anglais) Broché – 1 août 2008
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"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 --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié.
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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. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié.
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An excellent survey of the topic
le 30 décembre 2011 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Professor Urbainczyk, using her very extensive knowledge on the classical historical sources of her book, does an excellent job at providing a survey of the topic. She provides her views, based on these sources from antiquity, on how common slave revolts were (more common than thought), major factors that contributed to failures and successes of slave revolts (i.e., conflict among slave owning elites, ethnic homogeneity or heterogeneity of slaves owned, topology of are, etc.), ideology of slave revolts (primarily that they were primarily oriented to freeing the revolting slaves as opposed to a broader anti-slavery movement or ideology) and brief histories of many of major slave revolts themselves, both those that failed and those that succeeded. Being an academic book, it provides excellent documented sources and an excellent and extensive bibliography. About 75 pages of the books 175 or so pages consist of footnotes and bibliographies. All and all an excellent survey of the subject.