By Kyle Harper
Capitalizing at the wealthy historic list of past due antiquity, and applying refined methodologies from social and financial historical past, this publication reinterprets the top of Roman slavery. Kyle Harper demanding situations conventional interpretations of a transition from antiquity to the center a while, arguing as a substitute deep divide runs via 'late antiquity', setting apart the Roman slave method from its early medieval successors. within the strategy, he covers the industrial, social and institutional dimensions of historic slavery and provides the main finished analytical therapy of a pre-modern slave procedure now to be had. by way of scouring the overdue old checklist, he has exposed a wealth of latest fabric, delivering clean insights into the traditional slave procedure, together with slavery's function in agriculture and cloth creation, its relation to sexual exploitation, and the dynamics of social honor. by way of demonstrating the energy of slavery into the fourth century, the writer exhibits that Christianity triumphed amidst a real slave society.