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Sandra R. Joshel
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Ancient History

Detailed study of special topics in ancient history.

Class description

The seminar focuses on selected topics in the history of slavery at Rome from the mid-fifth century BCE to the late second century CE. We will discuss the emergence of large-scale slave system at Rome, the legal definition and social ramifications of being property, slave families and the household, manumission, the labor of slaves, perceptions of servile behavior, slavesí forms of resistance, and the slave revolts of the Republic. If time, we will tackle the problem of interpreting the archaeological and epigraphical evidence of freedmen who have often been viewed as real-life Trimalchios. Special attention will be paid to the experience of slaves, who have no voice of their own in the literary and legal sources that are written by and for their masters.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

General knowledge of Roman history

Class assignments and grading

Response papers (1-2 pages) Essay (10-12) Preparation for class discussion

Written work Particpation in discussion

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sandra R. Joshel
Date: 10/23/2006