Department Colloquium: Kim Bowes (Penn) "Wage, slavery"

Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 4:45pm to 6:15pm

402 Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th St.

*4:15-4:45 pm: Coffee and cookies in Cohen Hall 2nd Floor Lounge. All are welcome.

Speaker: Kim Bowes, Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract: Most people today make a living from wage labour. Under the Roman empire, with its baths and potteries, bigger farms and larger textile workshops, working for wages became increasingly common. This talk uses the papyri from Egypt to examine wage earning from the worker's perspective.In doing so, it probes the boundary between the enslaved and poorest free workers.