Conference held at the Egyptian Museum entitled: “Slaves and servants from ancient Egypt to medieval Europe: a history of misunderstandings”. Since the birth of the first hierarchical and classed societies, the forms of exploitation of the work of others have been manifold. Yet some terms used to describe dependency relationships, such as “servant”, “slave” and “corvée”, have found wide applicability to very different and distant societies. In this conference a medievalist, Professor Giuseppe Sergi (professor of Medieval History at the University of Turin) and an Egyptologist, Doctor Federico Poole (Curator of the Egyptian Museum) face the challenge of measuring together differences and similarities between the societies from respectively studied, and the possibility of a common language to talk about social phenomena. At the same time, they deconstruct some clichés regarding the societies they study, for example regarding serfdom as the main form of enslavement in the Middle Ages, or the opposite clichés, one popular, the other academic, that slavery would have been predominant. or, conversely, substantially absent in Pharaonic Egypt.
Collection: Images, Multimedia
Project: 9. Travels and travelers: economic, social and cultural connections.
Chronology: Ancient and middle age
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Video
Source: Egyptian Museum of Torino
Date: BC / 1500
Owner: Beatrice Borghi (Modernalia)
Copyright: Egyptian Museum of Torino
Abstract: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages: History of Slavery.