Presentation on theme: "Roman Slavery I’ts not nice business! Punishment Roman slaves were seen as property under Roman Law and had no legal personhood. Unlike citezens, slaves."— Presentation transcript:
Roman Slavery I’ts not nice business!
Punishment Roman slaves were seen as property under Roman Law and had no legal personhood. Unlike citezens, slaves could be subject to corporate punishment such as torture and summary execution. The testimony of a slave could not be accepted in a court of law unless the slave was tortured.
Warfare In certain periods, a great number of slaves for the Roman market were acquired through warfare. The Roman soldiers brought back captives to use as slaves
Types of work Though you may think that slaves would only do housework like scrubbing the floor or doing the dishes. Roman slaves had jobs that varied a lot. Accountants, even teachers were often slaves. Slaves worked in a wide range of occupations that can divided into five categories: household or domestic; imperial or public; urban crafts and services; agriculture; and mining.
Household slaves Epitaphs record at least 55 different jobs a household slave might have, including barber, butler, cook, hairdresser and handmaid. A large elite household might be supported by a staff of hundreds.
Service slaves In urban workplaces, the occupations of slaves included fullers, engravers, shoemakers, bakers, mule drivers, and prostitutes. Roman agricultural writers expect that the workforce of a farm will be mostly slaves, managed by a vilicus (a slave who had the superintendence of the villa), who was often a slave himself.
Miner slaves Slaves numbering in the tens of thousands were condemned to work in the mines or quarries, where conditions were notoriously brutal. Miner slaves were convicts who lost their freedom as citizens, forfeited their property to the state, and became slaves as a legal penalty. They were expected to live and die in the mines.