Library of Ancient Slavery (LibAncSl)

The library of the former Mainz Academy project Forschungen zur antiken Sklaverei  ('Research on Ancient Slavery') is now available to the students, fellows and faculty members of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) and the Heinz Heinen Kolleg (HHK) as a reference library.

With the founding of the Mainz Academy Program in 1977, the project established a research center whose tasks included building a special library available to all contributors of the project and to all other interested researchers worldwide. The project aimed to collect all existing and subsequently published literature on slavery in the ancient Mediterranean and the surrounding region. Over the course of these three decades (until 2012), the library accumulated some 16,600 media units. Besides classic books or monographs (3,500) there are also numerous printouts or photocopies from encyclopaedias, journals and anthologies (12,250), as well as some microfilms and a large stock of PDF files (3,100). The entire collection is accessible by means of an alphabetical index card catalogue. A digital catalogue is in the making.

© BCDSS (Jale Meltem Dramali)
© BCDSS (Jale Meltem Dramali)

The project primarily focused on ancient slavery, i.e. in classical Greece and the Roman Empire. However, the library includes further works on slavery in prehistory, in the Ancient Near East (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Iran/India) and East Asia, as well as Byzantium, the Barbarian successor kingdoms to the Roman Empire, the Early Middle Ages and early Islam. There is also a collection of reception history (including children’s and young adult literature) and didactic material.

In addition to the European scholarly languages, the library holds many texts from the Slavic, Nordic and Finno-Ugric language families, as well as titles in Hebrew, Turkish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.


Avatar Vetter

Angelina Vetter

Heussallee 18–24

53113 Bonn

+49 228 73

Opening Hours

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays 09:00 - 15:00 CET
  • further visiting times on demand
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