Demography, Geography and the Sources of Roman Slaves

  title={Demography, Geography and the Sources of Roman Slaves},
  author={William V. Harris},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={62 - 75}
  • W. V. Harris
  • Published 1 November 1999
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
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