Slavery

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    Jan 24, 2018 1:41 AM GMT
    Professor Aldrete

    Five Slave Economies

    1: American South prior to the Civil War
    2: Colonial Brazil
    3: Colonial Caribbean
    4: Ancient Rome
    5: Classical Greece

    Moral Horror of treating human beings as property

    Roman Slavery, how it differs from American Slavery, pre Civil War

    Roman Slavery was not racial slavery.

    Line between slave and free was not rigid. [No lynching and Jim Crow for freed Roman slaves]

    Roman Slaves came from military conquest

    The island of Delos was a slave emporium, 10,000 slaves per day were sold

    So, when Rome conquered Carthage, 250,000 people became slaves.

    Caesar conquering Gaul? 1 million people became slaves.

    Free citizens who fell into debt became slaves
    Conviction of crime could result in a penalty of slavery.
    Abandoned children became slaves.

    Parents could sell their children into slavery but no more than three times.

    Rent-a-Slave

    Rural Slaves vs. Urban Slaves"
    rural slaves worked farms, rarely freed
    urban slaves were teachers like when Rome conquered Greece; household slave children were friends with their owners' children
    urban slaves could be were government clerks, hair dressers, meal servers

    7 years to build up peculium to buy freedom

    No more than 100 slaves could be freed in a will

    If one slave killed a master, all the slaves would be killed.

    Slaves had to endure sexual assault.

    Some owners were kind.

    There were many injustices against slaves.

    Free citizens were made up of two groups
    ingenuus - born free
    libertinus - former slaves

    former slaves had to treat their former owners with the respect of "father"

    No, noooooo: they used to bleach clothes by soaking them in human urine.

    Step aside Lucy and Ethel: these guys were stumping clothes in human urine.


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    Feb 16, 2018 4:03 AM GMT
    Cicero's slave was Tiro. After Tiro was freed, he published and cataloged the works of Cicero.