Manumission with Paramone: Conditional Freedom?


Journal Article (Academic article;Working Paper)

A common view holds that slaves freed on condition of paramone were juridical halfings, legally half-free, half-slave. This paper argues that this view is based on a misunderstanding of the Greek sources, mainly epigraphic; that the intermediate or hybrid juridical state of conditional freedom is a modern invention; that the evidence for manumission in the Greek world suggests overwhelmingly that polities constructed liberty and slavery as a binary pair, rather than poles on a spectrum.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sosin, JD

Published Date

  • 2015

Published In

  • Tapa

Volume / Issue

  • 145 /


  • 73