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Slavery in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:26:05+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

A Roman shepherd, probably a slave (Istanbul, 500s AD) Many Roman people were owned by other people, or by the Roman government, as slaves. Because the Romans didn't really have hourly wage work, or salaried work, as we do now, men and women who didn't own their own land and didn't own businesses of their own were often enslaved. [...]

Roman freedmen – slavery in ancient Rome

By |2017-09-04T08:46:13+00:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

A gravestone for a freedwoman, put up by her husband, who was also a freedman (ILS 1221, Rome, 80 BC) Freedmen and freedwomen were people in ancient Rome who had once been enslaved but had managed to get legally free. Sometimes they were freed because they were getting too old to work and the people [...]