Concise Dictionary of Ancient Slavery

›Roman collared slaves‹. Marble relief. Izmir / Turkey 200 AD, collection of the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford. England, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Project Management: Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz

Project Participants: Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart

Sponsors: Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz

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Contact person (TCDH): Dr Thomas Burch

Research Area: Digital Edition and Lexicography

Keywords: “born digital”, Academy Project, TUSTEP


Website of the Project: Concise dictionary of ancient slavery

The "Handwörterbuch der antiken Sklaverei" (concise dictionary of ancient slavery) is the final project of this academy project. It records the results of international slavery research and provides specialist science with a basic work for further research. As an alphabetically arranged reference work, it contains over 1,400 keywords with different weightings in 3,780 columns. Extensive registers are included. In addition to slavery in Greco-Roman antiquity, other types of bondage, the other cultures of the Mediterranean region and states of dependency in non-European and non-ancient civilizations are also taken into account. Contributions to the history of reception and science round off the dictionary.

The articles were published for the first time - partially updated - in a conventional book version, preceded by four electronic, cumulative deliveries on CD or DVD since 2006, the fifth and last complete delivery appeared in 2018. The language of publication is German, articles in English, French, Italian and Spanish Language are also represented.

The digital publication has been developed by the TCDH since the beginning of the project in 2006 and is based on a markup as TEI-compliant XML data. The technical coding is based on the coding schemes and CD-ROM interfaces developed by the TCDH team for other dictionary publications. A special feature, however, are the images embedded in the articles and the detailed indexing of the material through four registers (people, places, sources and things), which in addition to the integrated search engine enable intuitive access to the conveyed content.