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date: 04 July 2022

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This chapter explores the legal position of slaves in the Greek world from Homeric times down to the Roman conquest, including Gortyn, Athens, Sparta, and Ptolemaic Egypt, by documenting the articulation of property law over slaves in these different regions as well as examining key debates over other questions such as status, hybris, the torture of slaves, slave families, and the legal relation of slaves to property in their possession. The final section provides an overview of the issue of manumission in Greek law including the various methods by which manumission was achieved and debates over the evidence for manumission.

Keywords: Slavery, property, ownership, law, manumission, freedmen, Gortyn, Athens, Sparta

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