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Roman Guide to Slave Management

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The Roman Guide to Slave Management

Jerry Toner

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0937-9
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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Marcus Sidonius Falx is just an average Roman citizen. Born of a relatively well-off noble family, he lives on a palatial estate in Campania, dines with senators and generals, and, like all of his ancestors before him, owns countless slaves. Having spent his entire life studying how best to exploit and control the slaves on his land—many of them prisoners of war from Rome’s numerous conquests—Falx has decided to write an owner’s manual of sorts for his friends and countrymen.

The result, “co-authored” by Dr. Jerry Toner, a distinguished historian at Cambridge, is The Roman Guide to Slave Management, which offers an unvarnished and, believe it or not, darkly comic tour of Roman institutional slavery. Falx explains where and how to buy slaves , how to tell a productive slave from a problematic one, and what to do in the event of an uprising. He also offers guidance on the delicate subject of when you should let your slaves engage in amorous relations with each other—or their master. Provocative and slyly uncompromising, this is the Roman Empire as you’ve never seen it before.

Marcus Sidonius Falx is a Roman citizen of noble birth, whose family have kept slaves for generations. He has employed collaborated with Dr. Jerry Toner, Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics, Churchill College, Cambridge University, to set his work in context., and persuaded Professor Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Cambridge, wrote the to write a foreword.

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