Slavery: when they are used as sexual objects, how are slaves characterized in our sources? (photis is willing; cypassis is not. The state of slavery is characterized by the availability of the body for corporeal assault (citizens were supposed to be inviolate). The inability to defend one"s body against pestering, beating, penetration is slave-like and powerless. Reason for buying a slave could always be primarily sexual (and many prostitutes were slaves). Martial is an invaluable source for slave-free sexual relations because he assumes the fact that slaves of both sexes and all ages were objects of casual sexual pleasure. Why: children born to slave women of their master became their master"s slaves. If someone else raped your slave, you the owner could have an action for property damage under the lex aquilia. These are not rape charges per se (rape only. 2 existed as a crime against the free).