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Historicising Ancient Slavery$
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Kostas Vlassopoulos

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474487214

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474487214.001.0001

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What is Slavery?

What is Slavery?

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(p.39) 3 What is Slavery?
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Historicising Ancient Slavery
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Kostas Vlassopoulos

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474487214.003.0003

This chapter examines the concept of slavery. The first part of the chapter uses early medieval slavery as an illuminating test-case: the complexity and diversity of early medieval slavery makes it possible to challenge some implicit assumptions that have long dominated the study of ancient slavery; it also allows us to test the conceptual coherence of various key concepts in the study of slavery. The second part of the chapter builds on these insights to propose a new conceptualisation of slavery as an agglomerate of three conceptual systems: slavery as property, slave status, and the various modalities of slavery. By breaking up the unitary understanding of slavery as a single essence, it explores the varying content of each conceptual system and the diverse ways in which they fitted in together across space and time.

Keywords:   Medieval slavery, Property, social death, ancient slavery, social death

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