Ancient Roman Slavery and American Slavery

December 5, 2013

From the colonial period through the nineteenth century, ancient Rome often served as a touchstone for slaveholders in the United States–the slaveholding “civilization” that they aspired to emulate. But how did ancient Romans themselves conceive and institutionalize slavery? And how did their understandings of freedom hinge on the deveolpment of a slave system? Answering these questions will raise a series of troubling questions about how we interpret slavery and emancipation in the United States. Speakers:Lynn Thomas, Sandra Joshel