Slavery In Ancient Greece

Slavery In Ancient Greece

Slavery in Ancient Greece
In Ancient Greece it was extremely common for every household to own a slave. Slavery at this time underpinned the entire fabric of the society. All aspects of life including business, family and political life relied on a class of people who carried out menial and degrading tasks for their masters (Corr, 2000). The number of slaves in Ancient Greek times is somewhat varied, Dillon and Garland suggest that in 430 BC there may have been 70,000 slaves in Athens and at the time of it?s greatest prosperity there may have been as many as 80-100,000. This essay will discuss how Greek slaves were acquired, how were they treated and were they a significant element in the work force In order to answer this question properly I must first define what a slave is. A slave is someone who is the property of somebody else, according to the laws of the place they live in (History for kids, date unknown). The slaves in Ancient Greek times were thought of as property by their masters and were assigned names which they were called by and weren?t permitted to use their own

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