Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
The MacMillan Center of Yale University
21st Annual Conference
A Deep History of Slavery: Antiquity and Modernity in Dialogue
Nov. 1-2, 2019
Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Yale University, New Haven, CT
“A Deep History of Slavery” seeks to put in dialogue two historical contexts deeply marked by slaveholding, the Classical and modern Atlantic worlds. Both have long been in conversation, partly due to the intensity with which each deployed slavery, partly also to the relative abundance of sources they preserve. Classicists in particular have learned much from comparisons with modern sources, methods, and scholarship, but modern historians have also drawn on the work of Greek and Roman historians to provide background and context for their work. The conference will continue this conversation with an eye toward expanding the comparison but also testing its limits.