Features Podcast

Slavery in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, with Noel Lenski

A conversation with Noel Lenski on “slave societies” and how the institution of slavery changed in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. Were tasks performed by slaves in Antiquity carried out by free people in Late Antiquity? What were the experiences of Byzantines who were themselves captured in raids and taken outside the empire?

Noel Lenski is Professor of Classics and History at Yale University. Click here to read his university profile.


The conversation draws on many of Noel’s publications, including:

Framing the Question: What is a Slave Society?,’ in N. Lenski and C. Cameron, eds. What is a Slave Society? The Practice of Slavery in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press 2018) 15-57

Searching for Slave Teachers in Late Antiquity,’ Révue des études tardo-antiques 12, suppl. 8 (2018-2019) 127-191


Captivity and Slavery among the Saracens in Late Antiquity (ca. 250 – 630 CE),’ Antiquité tardive 19 (2011) 237-266

And more articles, which you can read on Noel’s page.

Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.

You can listen to more episodes of Byzantium & Friends through Podbean.

Top Image: 3rd century carving of collared slaves. Photo by Jun / Wikimedia Commons