Saturday, March 8, 2014

Books mentioned by Moses I Finley with respect to Ancient Slavery

In this classical Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology, Moses I. Finley mentioned several books from the 19th century that he considered important in the way they approached the question of slavery.

Among these are:

  • Johann Caspar Friedrich Manso of Breslau, a man of the Enlightenment, who published a multi-volume History of Sparta, to wit, Sparta: Ein Versuch zur Aufklärung der Geschichte und Verfassung dieses States (1800-1805), in three volumes: Volume 1 // Volume 2 // Volume 3.
  • Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which Finley considers to be "arguably the first modern history tout court" (p.90), as much as he relegated slavery to a small section
  • Lorenzo Pignoria, De Servis Quondam Rei Librariae Adhibitis, 1674 (1694; 1702; 1747)  
  • William Blair, An Inquiry into State of Slavery among the Romans, 1833
  • B. Büchsenschütz, Besitz und Erwerb im griechischen Alterthume, 1869.
To be continued

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