A Journey in Chains: a study of the ancient Roman slave trade
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Often termed the “invisible people,” ancient Roman slaves leave almost no visible footprint in archaeological sites. Furthermore, though their presence is intricately woven throughout the very fabric of the Roman Empire, the slaves themselves are strikingly absent from historical dialogues. As most of the structures that have been preserved emulate the ruling elite, there remains little in the visible spectrum of archaeology to pinpoint this elusive, and incredibly substantial, population. This research strives, by incorporating new methodology, to look at the negative spaces in archaeology; to look at Roman society through the eyes and movements of the slave population. This research will finally give voice and credence to an entire civilization of people that have, both in life and in death, been dismissed as “invisible,” and may finally end the subjugation of a people.
Hodges, Victoria (2016). A Journey in Chains: a study of the ancient Roman slave trade. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from