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Slavery in ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:26:05-07:00September 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 and freedwomen

By |2019-06-16T06:47:06-07:00September 4th, 2017|People, Romans|

Roman freedmen - A gravestone for a freedwoman, put up by her husband, who was also a freedman (ILS 1221, Rome, 80 BC) What are freedmen and freedwomen? Freedmen and freedwomen were people in ancient Rome who had once been enslaved but had managed to get legally free. Slavery in ancient Rome The Roman family [...]