roman slaves

roman slaves - Brett Ford September 30th, 2007 Western Civ....

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Brett Ford Ford 1 September 30 th , 2007 Western Civ. Dr. Hajkowski Roman Slaves Slaves “were the clerks, cashiers, bookkeepers of Ancient Rome” (58), wrote Lionel Casson in his record Everyday Life in Ancient Rome . Casson describes slavery in Rome not as the trade of human beings, investment in unpaid man power, or the impoverished scraping to live. Slaves were worked to death. Their jobs were tiresome, grueling, manual labor duties without pay, meager rations, and poor living conditions. From ancient Rome to Antebellum America, slavery was never changed. Casson portrays the life of a slave in ancient Rome not only as desirable, but above average, when in truth, a slave’s life was Hell. Casson would prefer to focus his account on the high-profile property of the wealthy men of the city. These white collar slaves were at their master’s side more often than not. They had earned their master’s trust and were rewarded with more intimate relations and better jobs and duties. Certain slaves were even given the chance to “Mount the steps of the social ladder, in some cases to the very top” (64). They were loyal to their masters, because throughout their years of service, there was much to gain. Casson almost completely blows off the low-end slaves, living poorly in the rural outskirts of Rome. Rather, he focuses on the slaves in the city in the best positions:
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Ford 2 Banks were owned by Greek or Roman families, but the officers in charge of them [were] slaves… Ships and cargoes that crossed the Mediterranean belonged to wealthy Greeks or Romans, but the crews… [and the] captain could be slaves. Absentee landlords of great
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