Did serfdom exist in Classical and Hellenistic Crete?

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Abstract / Description of output

This contribution engages in the longstanding debate over servile status in ancient Crete and asks whether secure evidence exists for a ‘serf’ status bound to the soil. It concludes in the negative though an analysis of the terms dolos and woikeus in Gortynian law, the literary sources for Cretan servile status, and several Hellenistic treaties.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymposion 2022
Subtitle of host publicationVorträge zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte (Gmunden, 22.–24 August 2022)
EditorsPhilipp Scheibelreiter
PublisherAustrian Academy of Sciences Press
ISBN (Electronic)9783700195658
ISBN (Print)9783700195641
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2023

Publication series

NameFiles of the Society for Greek and Hellenistic Legal History
PublisherAustrian Academy of Sciences Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Crete
  • slavery
  • serfdom
  • Gortyn
  • epigraphy


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