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February 25, 2012- Dependence in Rome.docx

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Queen's University
Classical Studies
CLST 101
Christina Zaccagnino

 Good old days  Dependence  Clients  Slaves  Dependence played a major role in Roman civilization  A lot of activities in Rome were made by slaves, and the richest Romans owned several slaves to have them work in their estates and businesses  Some slaves were very well educated so they were assigned to run the emperor’s business  The beating of slaves was a normal occurrence, but the slaves could get protection from their owners from others  Cicero defended Tullius in court as Tullius was a slave who was working on the property of his owner, yet his neighbour came over and was arguing over property o The land in dispute was a shed that was on the land o His master was at his villa, which is what he told the neighbour, and told his the neighbour was to go to discuss it with him o The neighbour came back with another man and attacked the slaves on the property o Tullius was able to escape, but he was badly injured  In many places of Rome it was very common to be in danger especially in very narrow streets or in situations where a lot of people were around (festival, religious sacrifice)  Sejanus was travelling with his bodyguards, but the streets were so crowded so the bodyguards tried to go ahead of him  While the bodyguards were trying to keep up with him, they slipped on the prison steps and fell  As Sejanus was taking the auspices many crows flew around him and then all flew off together to the jail and perched there o These were clues that the end of Sejanus was close  Prison was temporary, and held those criminals that were awaiting execution  The Tarpeian rock was the rock from which the Romans pushed criminals off as a type of punishment  Julia Restituta was 10 years old when she was killed for her jewellery o Her parents set this up  If a rich man bought a farm, he would choose the weakest and oldest man from his footmen and litter-carriers and would sent him to work on the countryside  A man could also have been chosen to be in charge of a farm if he was unable to make his daily financial contribution, even if the man did not know anything about running farms  People would write on tablets and post them in public as a form of communication  Masters could be very cruel, and the workers had no rights or un
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