Female slaves and slave-owners in ancient Etruria

Authored by: Enrico Benelli

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910

10.4324/9781315621425.ch62

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Abstract

Etruscan slavery has been the subject of a long debate; a highly controversial body of evidence has often allowed the insurgence of ideologically biased interpretations which dominated scholarly literature until relatively recent times (Benelli 2013). The role of women, as slaves and as slave-owners, is even more elusive. In the following pages, a brief summary of the available evidence will be attempted; its scantiness does not allow much more than very limited guesswork.

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