20 Other masters freed their slaves in their will. A slave could buy his own freedom with his savings (peculium) And if the master followed certain formalities, the ex-slave became a Roman citizen! Some masters manumitted their slaves as a special reward.
21 No, but some slaves who could no longer take the lack of freedom or their owners’ mistreatment could offer resistance! Could every slave hope to be manumitted?
22 They could even use magic! They could start a slave rebellion! They could run away!
23 But … They were not always successful … And punishment could be severe.
24 Most slaves just carried on with their lives. It was going to be a very long time before slavery was officially abolished.
25 The End This PowerPoint presentation accompanies Closeup Teaching Unit 4.5.2 Roman Slavery 100 BCE – 450 CE