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Silver and silver mining – the history

By |2017-10-17T13:26:22+00:00September 7th, 2017|Economy, West Asia|

Silver mining slaves at Laurion, near Athens People first mined silver in the Bronze Age. Like gold, silver is a great way to help people trade. Even before people started to make coins, little bits of silver - bracelets, earrings, and necklaces - were a great way to carry around something valuable but not [...]

Greek slaves: What was it like to be a slave in ancient Greece?

By |2018-06-13T19:09:36+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, People|

Greek slaves: An enslaved woman playing a kithara. You can tell she is a slave because she has short hair. What did Greek slaves work at? In ancient Greece, most people who worked at jobs were slaves instead of free people. That was true for teachers, doctors, and nurses. Construction workers, policemen, hair-dressers, and mail carriers were [...]

Greek economy in the classical period

By |2018-04-22T11:55:28+00:00July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

Classical Greek economy: Sailors rowing trading ships (Athens ca. 550 BC) Greek mercenary soldiers The trends of the Archaic period in Greece continued into the Classical period, about 500-400 BC, with both trade and fighting big contributors to the classical Greek economy. Greek mercenary soldiers fought for the Egyptians, who were trying to [...]