By Christopher Leslie Brown, Philip D. Morgan
Arming slaves as infantrymen is a counterintuitive proposal. but all through background, in lots of diversified societies, slaveholders have entrusted slaves with using lethal strength. This publication is the 1st to survey the perform largely throughout area and time, encompassing the cultures of classical Greece, the early Islamic kingdoms of the close to East, West and East Africa, the British and French Caribbean, the us, and Latin America.
To facilitate cross-cultural comparisons, each one bankruptcy addresses 4 an important concerns: the social and cultural evidence in regards to the arming of slaves, the adventure of slave infantrymen, the ideological origins and results of equipping enslaved peoples for conflict, and the influence of the perform at the prestige of slaves and slavery itself. What emerges from the e-book is a brand new old realizing: the arming of slaves is neither unusual nor paradoxical yet is as a substitute either predictable and explicable.
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The likeliest explanation of this description is that Apollonides was a Theban slave imported from Lydia, a common source of slaves, who had won his freedom or escaped during the war. Without a home to return to, but apparently having enough military experience to be an ofﬁcer, he had joined the mercenary force raised by Cyrus. Ω∞ An unnamed ex-slave from Athens, a member of the light infantry, stepped forward. He had realized that this was his original homeland and that the Macronians were his people.
We have a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and are trying to put them together, knowing full well that they may belong to different puzzles and simply hoping that the puzzles resemble each other, that is, that a Peloponnesian navy of 405 will resemble one of 411. This general overview focuses on three cases: slaves from Scythia, archers, who performed police functions within Athens; slaves who accompanied hoplites on campaigns but were not armed; and slaves who were occasionally armed as infantry soldiers.
Or a thrifty trierarch might try to minimize his expenses but still ﬁll the benches. In either case, the ofﬁcers and marines were usually citizens drawn from the richest one-third of the citizen body and used to having slaves with them. The lone surviving crew roster indicates that many of the slaves on board belonged to these citizens. So in Arming Slaves and Helots 27 manning a trireme, a trierarch would hire as rowers some slaves of the ofﬁcers who had been assigned to him. ∏∂ Finally, there seem to have been some slaves without masters on board the warships.