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By Michele George

Replete now with its personal scholarly traditions and controversies, Roman slavery as a box of research isn't any longer restricted to the commercial sphere, yet is well-known as a basic social establishment with a number of implications for Roman society and tradition. The essays during this assortment discover how fabric tradition – particularly, artwork, structure, and inscriptions – can illustrate Roman attitudes in the direction of the establishment of slavery and in the direction of slaves themselves in ways in which considerably increase traditional textual accounts.

Providing the 1st interdisciplinary method of the research of Roman slavery, the amount brings jointly varied experts in background, paintings heritage, and archaeology. The members interact with questions about the slave exchange, manumission, slave schooling, containment and circulation, and using slaves within the Roman army.

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6 There are also more collective family burials, and stelae, which were not found in room N. Caldelli and Ricci suggested that the main chamber (N) never was filled up with urns (the capacity was apparently 700 loculi). Presumably it was abandoned by the familia after the (forced) suicide of T. 7 The large majority of the burials thus belong to just two generations of the Statilii family from Augustan times to 53 CE. No burial in the main chamber of the columbarium can be dated after Neronian times.

Perhaps it was a happier occasion when female slaves gave birth after a casual visit by a favourite uncle or a cousin from abroad. These eventualities all lead up to an important general question: should we in fact assume that the owner predominantly chose a Latin name for any slave child born within the walls of his or her domus, not just for those suspected of being the offspring of the owner’s family? Before attempting to answer this question, we need to consider the moment at which slaves were given their names, and what influences were at play when the naming took place.

Such a child could happily have grown up a free individual among its siblings. ). These slaves all have Greek names. To be sure, there is nothing said about whether they were bought or had been born in their owner’s house. The interesting but wide question of naming in Martial cannot be pursued in this place; see Grewing 1997: 159–61, 446–8 and passim; Vallat 2006. The following figures derive from Solin 1996a; 2001: 309; 1971: 156–7; and Herrmann-Otto 1994: 414–17 (cf. notes 18, 34, and 36–7 above).

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