Review of Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c.800-146 BC by David Lewis 

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David Lewis’ monograph represents a significant contribution to the study of ancient slavery. Lewis’ approach is one that sees Greece not as an exceptional place, but one of many Mediterranean economies in which slavery was an integral part of life. The book rejects the notion that Greece and Rome are the only ‘genuine slave societies’ (p. 1). Slavery existed throughout the ancient Mediterranean. In order to draw out this more complex reality, Lewis’ aim is to revise some of ancient slavery scholarship’s underlying assumptions (p. 3). A book of such scope is of course intimidating for any reviewer. I shall seek to summarise the main arguments of the book, whilst offering some critical reflections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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