Slavery In The Roman Republic

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Slavery is an institution that has existed throughout Western history. Slavery is known as one of the world’s biggest abomination, it diverges through many cultures, ethnicities, and religions. However, by studying slavery as an institution in areas all around the world one will learn that the political, social, and economic factors of slavery vary at different periods of time. Slavery is the act of enslaving people, treating them as lesser human beings and forcing them to commit to work labor. In Ancient Greece dating back to 550 BCE, a time when slavery was not exactly normalized, in the temples of Aphordite there were more than a thousand slaves and prostitutes (Greek Slavery). They all served the Goddess and the city became rich! Later …show more content…
It is explained that although the Roman empire grew and flourished with culture and riches they did not advance in humanity and morally. The slave masters were absolutely cruel. Almost all slave masters shared compulsive and anger issues with the amount of power they had over living possessions. It is evident in the Roman Republic that the dehumanizing of its people was beyond cruel and it is unbearable to reminisce. The master addressed the slaves with so much verbal disrespect, anger, and physical violence. Slaves were very helpless and had to tolerate verbal abuse for as long as time has existed dating back to 200 B.C. in Rome (Slavery in the Roman Republic). The threats followed by abuse was disgusting and the slaves had no other choice but to obey their masters. They demanded so much of the slaves for example a slave owner who is very hard to please is documented speaking to his slaves. He says “Clean the plate and put in proper order. Take care that when I'm back from the Forum I find things done---all swept, sprinkled, scoured, smoothed, cleaned and set in order. Today's my birthday. You should all set to and celebrate it (Slavery in the Roman Republic)” The owner not only directed the slaves on how he wants everything to be perfectly to his liking but he …show more content…
The New world also known as the Americas was in need of a workforce for labor-intensive agriculture (Slave Trade). The growing of crops such sugar cane, tobacco, and cotton was in demand within the European market and the slaves from Africa was “the solution” (Slave Trade). The slave trade between Western Africa and the Americas was at its peak in the mid 18th century but it last for centuries before and more to come. Annually 80,000 Africans crossed the Atlantic to the New world to spend the rest of their lives in captivity as slaves. But unfortunately, only a percentage of those Africans made it to the Americas alive through traveling overseas. The conditions on these ships transporting all of these Africans were infested with disease, despair, and overall exploitation. The disease and horrible conditions killed off so many Africans before making it to the New world. These slaves ended up in the Caribbean Islands and Brazil mainly, but some were also in Spanish America and the United states. It was a booming business where these slaves were captured and sold on the market for triple their “worth” or “original price” (Slave Trade). The capturing of slaves in Africa was especially disheartening because they were kidnapped locals and foreigners on a daily basis. There were even black traders that shipped off these African mothers, fathers and children

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