2019-20: Slavery and Honour in the Ancient Greek World
Public lecture 1, 10th May 2019
Dr David Doddington (Cardiff University)
‘The best man whipped and the other one took it': violence, honour, and solidarity in US slave communities
Historians commonly stress the solidarity of enslaved people and how codes of honour helped them collectively to resist the worst elements of enslavement. However, examining the causes of violence within the quarters, the significance accorded to public and performative displays of power, and lingering and long-lasting concerns over personal reputation and honour, underscores the divisions and stratification that could also mark life in slave communities.