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November 14 - .Slavery in Ancient Greece Ancient Greece Not...

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November 14, 2007 .Slavery in Ancient Greece Ancient Greece: Not so glorious for everybody o Slavery in the ancient Mediterranean Feature of nearly all known large agricultural communities Coincides with organized warfare and defenses o Slavery in BA Greece Possibly the Minoan, certainly the Mycenaeans Lin B doulos = later Greek “slave” Slavery and Ancient Greek Society o Proportion of population Attica: 1/3 to ½ in Classical period o Economy Main labor force for large-scale agriculture, industry Depresses labor market: limits opportunities for free poor Stifles technology: lack of impetus for reducing labor o Family Slaves integrated into many households Ceremonial induction at shrine of Hestia Childrearing, manual labor o Slaves and the law Legally children (property rights, marriage, etc.) Treated like property Little protection from crime Court testimony only admissible under torture Limits on interactions between slaves and free Limited recourse: asylum at Theseion in Athens Opportunity to demand resale to escape abusive master o Religion Limited participation in most cults and rituals
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