Byzantine Slavery and the Mediterranean World Hardcover – Illustrated, Nov. 15 2009
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- Hardcover : 328 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0674036115
- ISBN-13 : 978-0674036116
- Product Dimensions : 16.36 x 2.69 x 23.98 cm
- Item Weight : 612 g
- Publisher : Harvard University Press (Nov. 15 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“Rotman's study is definitely groundbreaking...The topic of slavery had never been thoroughly and properly investigated, even while the fate of slavery was such a primary issue, from Marx to Marc Bloch and beyond, in the debate over the transition from the Roman Empire to medieval societies. That void was a challenge in itself. Rotman has brilliantly risen to it, and has produced an innovative study.”―Evelyne Patlagean
“In this lucid and wide-ranging work, Rotman shows that the conventional belief that slavery ceases to be a relevant subject after the Roman period is no longer tenable. This is a major contribution to the understanding of the intricate, long-term evolution of the institution of slavery as it moves from Late Antiquity into the Middle Ages.”―Benjamin Isaac, author of The Invention of Racism in Classical Antiquity
“This is a remarkable work, for which at present there is no competition. Rotman effectively bridges the transition from late antiquity to the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim Caliphate. He strikes a mortal blow to the popular view that slaves were no longer a productive economic force in late antiquity and beyond. In addition, he provides an essential counterweight to traditional accounts of the late antique colonate and the rise of serfdom in the West.”―Glen W. Bowersock
About the Author
Youval Rotman is a Byzantinist and Associate Professor of History at Tel Aviv University.