Meaning of “Slave Rebellion”

For this blog, the term I  searched was Sicily Rome “Slave Rebellion” “the United States”. There were many articles came up on the screens.The article that I got was Representing the Body of the Slave by Gardner, Jane, and Wiedemann. The name of the article was eye-catching so I decided to use this.The primary intended audience of this article is to the people to know about the slavery. It compares the period of Roman and Greek slavery. It also explains between the modern and ancient slavery. The MLA citation for this article is Gardner, Jane, and Wiedemann, Thomas. Representing the Body of the Slave. Florence, Taylor and Francis, 2013. The author somewhat connects the search term with one another because since the search term was slave rebellion. It somewhat connects with the term because the article talks about the meaning of enslavement. Also, talks about the American experience with the slavery being unavoidable with race and slavery. For example, in the article, it states, “The American experience of slavery makes unavoidable the question of the relationship between slavery and race, and Aristotle’s responsibility for linking the two. Again, simple comparisons may mislead: some ancient world scholars have produced studies of blacks, and color prejudice, that minimize their importance for Greco-Roman antiquity (where ‘blacks’ were in fact little known).” This is an example that explains about how search term connected with one another because since it talks about the United States slavery and color prejudice. Another example states, “This difference in the status given ex-slaves in the ancient world corresponds to some extent to modern sociological models of ‘open’ and ‘closed’ systems of slavery…” This example explains about the ancient world slavery system. An example of ancient text stated, “ The overseas conquests not only supplied the capital to purchase large estates, but also the slave labor needed to introduce new methods of farming, designed to provide absentee landlords with an income from cash crops.” (page 6) This example talks about the slave labor shown to the new method of farming and also to show the income from the cash crop.


Gardner, Jane, and Wiedemann, Thomas. Representing the Body of the Slave. Florence, Taylor and Francis, 2013, pp.2-40.

Mantaha Mannan- Team Vulcan



Slaves, Stories and Cults

The term I have searched for this blog post was Sicily Rome “Slave Rebellion” “United States” and got the article Slaves, Stories and Cults Conflict Resolution Between Masters And Slaves In Ancient Greece by Sara Forsdyke. The primary audience that this article is catering to are academic people who are interested in the similar themes in various myths and legends throughout the world and history as that was the topic of the article. The MLA citation for this article is Forsdyke , Sara. “Slaves, Stories, and Cults Conflict Resolution Between Masters and Slaves in Ancient Greece” Common Knowledge. 2014 Web. 4 Nov. 2017 because it is an online article. Slaves, Stories and Cults uses the Sicilian slave revolt as one of many examples of stories in which people rebel against injustice done against the and where the seemingly less powerful people overtake the powerful individuals. Other examples include an Aesop fable, the story of Puss in Boots and Robin Hood. Forsdyke explains that the poorer population, particularly the slaves, found this empowering. “As the story was told amongst slaves or as the slaves read out loud as entertainment for their Masters, the lesson might have been different. For slaves the message might have been: slaves can be ‘on top’ and have equal or superior intelligence to their masters. For slaves, the story served to acknowledge the humanity, dignity, and ultimately the power of the slaves to determine their own destiny…”
The Stories, according to the author, also serve as a warning to the slave owners to treat their slaves right because otherwise they will betray them, similarly, if they treat their slaves properly and put trust in them they will be loyal to their master and be able to serve them better. Sara Forsdyke uses actual quotes from the ancient text in her article such as “But, their Masters were very strict and severe with them, and took no care to provide either necessary food or clothing for them, so that most of them were forced to rob and steal to get these necessities: so that all places were full of slaughters and murders.” The search terms aren’t connected to each other except for occasionally “Sicily” and “Slave rebellion” when quoting the text.
Forsdyke used this quote as part of an example of stories of slaves that were treated poorly, rebelling against their masters.


Forsdyke , Sara. “Slaves, Stories, and Cults Conflict Resolution Between Masters and Slaves in Ancient Greece” Common Knowledge. 2014 Web. 4 Nov. 2017

Hinda, Team Mars







Biblical Interpretation of Slavery


I searched a term Sicily Rome “Slave rebellion” “the United States” and I found a lot of different sources. One that caught my attention was a chapter from the book Biblical Interpretation called Slavery and Inhumanity by J. Albert Harrill. The subject of this chapter is about examining Roman slavery as part of the wider history of world slavery. The author also refers to emperor Augustus and Constantine as part of Christianity, which makes a connection to our Art History class, when we talked about the beginning of the Christianity and Constantine and the sculptore of Augustus – emperor. The primary intended audience for it will be people who would like to explore more about slavery in Rome in a Biblical point of view that author is making. The writer makes the connection between slavery and refers to the wars by saying “ The world history of slavery reveals slave revolts to be extremely rare occurrences; only four outright slave wars are known: one in modern Haiti, two in ancient Sicily, and one led by Spartacus in ancient Italy.” (Harrill 509), and then gives us more details about it. He also makes the connection between the United States and slavery “ancient slavery was relatively humane and so wholly unlike modern slavery in the New World” (Harrill 508), and by saying New World her refers to the United States. The reading that was assigned earlier for us and is connected to this source is Aristotle and Xenophon, On the Spartan Constitution, because both authors refer to Sparta. Aristotle and Xenophon say “To be present, he selected the keenest of the prefects, and gave to each the command of a division. And so at Sparta, the boys are never without a ruler”.

MLA citation:
Harrill, J. Albert. “Slavery and Inhumanity.” Biblical Interpretation, vol. 21, no. 4-5, 2013, pp. 506–514.

Edyta, team Aphrodite