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Capitalizing at the wealthy ancient list of past due antiquity, and utilizing subtle methodologies from social and fiscal background, this e-book reinterprets the tip of Roman slavery. Kyle Harper demanding situations conventional interpretations of a transition from antiquity to the center a long time, arguing as an alternative deep divide runs via 'late antiquity', setting apart the Roman slave procedure from its early medieval successors. within the method, he covers the commercial, social and institutional dimensions of historical slavery and provides the main accomplished analytical remedy of a pre-modern slave process now on hand. through scouring the past due old checklist, he has exposed a wealth of latest fabric, offering clean insights into the traditional slave procedure, together with slavery's function in agriculture and fabric construction, its relation to sexual exploitation, and the dynamics of social honor. through demonstrating the power of slavery into the fourth century, the writer exhibits that Christianity triumphed amidst a real slave society.

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