Journals Higher Education



Published: 24 January 2017

344 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198777274

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Social Justice and the Legitimacy of Slavery

The Role of Philosophical Asceticism from Ancient Judaism to Late Antiquity

Ilaria L.E. Ramelli

Oxford Early Christian Studies

  • Provides an investigation into the position of ancient intellectuals-from early Greek and Hellenistic times to the Roman Empire and Late Antiquity-on the legitimacy of the institution of slavery.
  • Analyzes the stance of ancient Greek and Hellenistic philosophers, ancient Hebrews, Jewish ascetics in Hellenistic times, New Testament authors, and more specifically early Christian authors and examiners these thinkers' own practice in respect to slave ownership.
  • Offers particular attention to Gregory of Nyssa and argues for the radical nature and uniqueness of his denial of the very legitimacy of slavery as an institution.