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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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Slaving Strategies and Contexts

Slaving Strategies and Contexts

(p.58) 4 Slaving Strategies and Contexts
Historicising Ancient Slavery

Kostas Vlassopoulos

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter employs an instrumental approach to examine the various reasons why masters employed slavery and the contexts in which they did so. The concept of slaving strategies highlights the fact that slavery could be used for very diverse and often contradictory purposes and explores the entanglements between them. The chapter analyses slaving strategies for labour, revenue, prestige, gratification, expertise, trust and authority. The second part of the chapter explores the various contexts of slaving: the household, the political community, the wider world and large-scale economic operations. The final part of the chapter explores the links between slaving strategies and contexts by focusing on the various processes of slave-making: the natural reproduction of the slave population; the enslavement of members of the free population of political communities as a result of debt, conviction, self-sale or infant abandonment; the practices of violent slave-making and the creation of slaving and no-slaving zones; and, finally, the slave trade and the ways it linked all the above factors.

Keywords:   Slaving strategies, slaving contexts, slave-making, labour, slave trade, enslavement, revenue, gratification, the wider world

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