Sunday, December 05, 2010

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

A bit off-topic, but may be of interest to some.

Monika Trümper, Graeco-Roman Slave Markets: Fact or Fiction?. Oxford/Oakville, CT: Oxbow Books, 2009. Pp. xii, 148. ISBN 9780977409488. $45.00.

Reviewed by Ulrike Roth, The University of Edinburgh

This neatly presented book has a clear argument: that the material evidence of eight building complexes employed by other scholars to study slave sales in the Graeco-Roman world has, in fact, little to do with them. It understands itself as a response to work carried out by a number of Italian archaeologists—Braconi, Coarelli, Cocco, Fentress (whom I count as an honorary Italian)—with a focus on a sub-set of papers published in 2005 in the Journal of Roman Archaeology by Braconi, Coarelli and Fentress under the title ‘Selling people: five papers on Roman slave-traders and the buildings they used’.1 In what she calls ‘a critical reassessment’, Monika Trümper reviews the evidence of the Agora des Italiens at Delos, the Building of Eumachia in Pompeii, the Crypta Balbi in Rome, the Tempio Rotondo in Ostia, the Basilica in Herculaneum, the Chalcidicum in Lepcis Magna, the Prytaneion in Magnesia on the Maeander, and the Serapeum in Ephesus.

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