Slavery in Ancient Rome

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Slavery in Ancient Rome * 1. - Explain a specific example of slavery /5
Slavery in ancient Rome played an important role in society and the economy. Besides manual labor, slaves performed many domestic services, and might be employed at highly skilled jobs and professions. Teachers, accountants, and physicians were often slaves. Greek slaves in particular might be highly educated. Unskilled slaves or those condemned to slavery as punishment, worked on farms, in mines, and at mills. Their living conditions were brutal, and their lives short.
During the period of Roman imperial expansion, the increase in wealth amongst the Roman elite and the substantial growth of slavery transformed the economy. Although the economy was dependent on slavery, Rome was not the most slave-dependent culture in history. Among the Spartans, for instance, the slave class of helots outnumbered the free by about seven to one, according to Herodotus.
Most slaves in ancient Rome were acquired through wars; Roman armies take prisoners back as part of the reward of war.

In front of the temple of Pietas was Lactaria column, where they were deposited, exposed, i.e. 'ius exponendi "abandoned babies, i.e. the parent refused to recognize, for someone to take them. This almost never happened, but the gathered people turned into slaves if they were men, and if they were female prostitutes. Children useless, deformed or weak were eliminated. The adopted child took the surname of the new parent. When a slave had a child, the owner takes them as his responsibility. Kill him if it was not accepted was not frowned upon, but later could end up having a sort of moral disapproval.
Sometimes slaves were exposed on rotating media to be better observed and with each slave were hanged for selling a type of plaque that describes its origin, health, character, intelligence, education, and other…...

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