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Ancient slavery and abolition : from Hobbes to Hollywood

Author: Edith Hall; Richard Alston; Justine McConnell; University of London. Royal Holloway. Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome.; British Library.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Series: Classical presences.
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"Originating in a conference organised in 2007 by the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome at Royal Holloway, University of London, and held at the British Library ... this accessible volume offers a pathbreaking study of the role played by the interpreters of ancient Greek and roman texts in the debates over the abolition of slavery. Focusing on Britain, North America, the Caribbean, and South Africa from  Read more...
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Ancient slavery and abolition.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011
(OCoLC)707266093
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edith Hall; Richard Alston; Justine McConnell; University of London. Royal Holloway. Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome.; British Library.
ISBN: 9780191617973 0191617970 9780191728723 0191728721
OCLC Number: 757423602
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 509 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Introduction: 'A Valuable Lesson' ; 2. The Good Master: Pliny, Hobbes, and the Nature of Freedom ; 3. Appropriations of Spartan Helotage in British Antislavery Debates of the 1790s ; 4. The Influence of Classical Ideas on the Anti-Slavery Debate at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (1795-1834) ; 5. A Stronger Muse: Classical Influences on Eighteenth-Century Abolitionist Poetry ; 6. The Politics of Classicism in the Poetry of Phillis Wheatley ; 7. Between Victimhood and Agency: Nydia the Slave in Bulwer's 'The Last Days of Pompeii' ; 8. The Problem with Prometheus: Myth, Abolition, and Radicalism ; 9. Recollecting Aristotle: Proslavery Thought in Antebellum America and the Argument of Politics Book I ; 10. The Auctoritas of Antiquity: Debating Slavery through Classical Exempla in the Antebellum USA ; 11. Yankee She-Men and Octoroon Electra: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve on Slavery, Race, and Abolition ; 12. Universal Slave Revolts: C.L.R. James' use of Classical Literature in 'The Black Jacobins' ; 13. Eumaeus and Eurycleia in the Deep South: Odyssean Slavery in 'Sommersby' ; Postscript: Slavery, Abolition, Modernity, and the Past
Series Title: Classical presences.
Responsibility: edited by Edith Hall, Richard Alston, and Justine McConnell.

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A collection of essays by an international team of scholars on the part played by classical sources and images in the debates around the abolition of slavery. It shows that the ancient Greek and  Read more...

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In general, by its range of topics and insightful analysis of different sources, the book will surely give new impetus to reception studies. * Fabio Duarte Joly, Classical Journal *

 
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