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Jursa, Michael/Tost, Sven: The State and Dependent Labour in the Ancient Near East and in the Graeco-Roman World. Version 02

Abstract: This article surveys the evidence for dependent labour in Ancient Near Eastern societies from a comparative (Graeco-Roman) point of view. It focuses in particular on dependent labour in the state (or institutional) section of economy and society. It aims at challenging Moses Finley’s still influential concept of a fundamental difference in the modes of production in the Ancient Near East on the one hand and in Classical Antiquity on the other. To be published in: The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Slaveries, edited by S. Hodkinson, M. Kleijwegt and K. Vlassopoulos.

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