By Sinclair Bell, Teresa Ramsby
How did freed slaves reinvent themselves after the shackles of slavery have been lifted? How have been they reintegrated into society, and what used to be their social place and standing? What contributions did they make to the society that had as soon as - occasionally brutally - repressed them? This assortment builds on contemporary dynamic paintings on Roman freedmen, the participants drawing upon a wealthy and sundry physique of facts - visible, literary, epigraphic and archaeological - to explain the influence of freed slaves on Roman society and tradition amid the shadow in their former servitude. The contributions span the interval among the 1st century BC and the early 3rd century advert and survey the territories of the Roman Republic and Empire, whereas targeting Italy and Rome.
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It can be dated to the reigns of the emperors Antoninus Pius or Marcus Aurelius on stylistic grounds, including the subject’s stylized hair, beard, moustache and heavy-lidded eyes. 33. See now Carroll 2011 on funerary monuments as expressions of the patron’s humanitas. 34. 6: Is Publilius, natione Syrus, cum puer ad patronum domini esset adductus, promeruit eum non minus salibus et ingenio quam forma. This reference to beauty, as well as wit, is probably a subtle reference to the boy’s status within the household as a deliciae, or sexual pet who then must have found the opportunity to use his master’s attentions to his advantage, like Trimalchio in Petronius’ Satyrica.
Ross Taylor 1961, 131. 47. Scarborough 2005, 24. 48. Sat. 46: emi ergo nunc puero aliquot libra rubricata, quia volo illum ad domusionem aliquid de iure gustare. habet haec res panem. Nam litteris satis inquinatus est. quod si resilierit, destinavi illum artificii docere, aut tonstreinum aut praeconem aut certe causidicum, quod illi auferre non possit nisi Orcus. 49. In light of her piece, a casual remark such as Pliny the Younger’s, that he appreciates the members of his familia who can engage him in intelligent conversation during a stroll after dinner, may hold a note of protest against the way many Romans may have neglected the education of their slaves: Ep.