Class Notes (837,622)
Canada (510,370)
Classics (1,714)
CLA233H1 (160)
Lecture 4

Cla233 - lecture 4.docx

4 Pages
Unlock Document

Michael J.Dewar

Cla233 – lecture 4, jan 17th Slaves and freedom: - Slaves was normal in acient society in Eurasia - Sometimes slaves would be slaves for only portion of lives (clear debt by working as slave) - Roman slavery is primarily different because of its scale o Rome was biggest city in world at that time o Romans were special in the fact that when a slave became free he became a roman citizen (full rights of citizen), took name of master, serve in army, could expect that his family could be indistigusihable from masters family o Former slaves exceeded amount of regular families, by ad 100 slaves or slave born were large majority - Language, most people spoke latin in beginning but later most people spoke greek (much labor came from east, which was greek) - When Christian church organized itself in city of rome it used greek as language of literature rather than latin - Slaves came from conquest as empire grew, don’t know precise number (no census, rough estimate) o When Julius ceaser invaded gaul its population was 10 million, of those 10 million 1 millionw ere dead and 1 milion were enslaved after his conquest - After a while rome stopped expanding, after ad 50 bulk of slave came from trade and commerce not conquest o Some came from slave children, criminal activity (highway robbery was very bad) o Many people volunteered to become slaves (slave whod id a good job would eventually be set free, families with more children than they could free could sell into swlavery for nice reasons) o Became slaves to become roman citizens after being set free - Romans were equal opportunity slavers, it was legal status not associated with any bias or prejudice - Gods had made other races so greeks could enslave them (according to Aristotle), astonishing to romans - Many slaves were uneducated unable to read and also were not able to be recorded (no tombstones) o Great households would have educated slaves in the city, secretary or book keeping or accountant o In farmmost slaves were unediucated and able to run farm equipment o Household in town they were meant to clean and cook, not educated either o Usually had to go through a slave to make appointment with people like emperor - No way to quantify experience of slave society with society that doesn’t record - If you were an educated slave you could be most likely set free early and would have enough money for a tombstone Handout: - Equestrian = right below senator - Slaves were considered farming equipment (put into three classes, articulatye inarticulate and mute) - Slaves were considered to be sellers of your products, get rid of liabilities that would probably be a hindrance in the deep winter (take up resources) “anything that is superfluous” - Masters could be really cruel o People liked to eat lampreys back in ancient rome
More Less

Related notes for CLA233H1

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.