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Slavery in Homer and Hesiod

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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2020

Corinne Ondine Pache
Affiliation:
Trinity University, San Antonio
Casey Dué
Affiliation:
University of Houston
Susan Lupack
Affiliation:
Macquarie University, Sydney
Robert Lamberton
Affiliation:
Washington University, St Louis
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The heroes of the Homeric poems own many slaves, whose condition and legal status did not essentially differ from slaves in Greece during the Classical and Hellenistic periods. The labor of these slaves provided the basileis of the Iliad and Odyssey the surplus they needed to maintain their leading position in society.

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Print publication year: 2020

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