Manumission with paramone: Conditional freedom?

Journal Article

© 2015 by the Society for Classical Studies. A common view holds that slaves freed on condition of paramone were juridical chimeras, 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

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 145 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 325 - 381

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-0699

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0360-5949

Citation Source

  • Scopus