Rome is one of the most ancient cultures known to exist in the world. The culture covered over a certain piece of geographical area, which today is known as Italy. Powerful Romans in the system of government ruled the ancient Rome. Rome was the largest city of the time. It was high populated carrying a large population of close to one million people. There were many magnificent building in the Rome city. Life in Rome revolved around the city ("Roman society” 2011). Government buildings were in the Rome centre as well as the market place. In the Roman Empire, slaves were the tool of work. They were taken as the property of the subject rich person who kept them. They were transferable from one owner to the other. In Rome, slaves stopped being referred to as human being but as object of the owner. They were not allowed to own anything nor have right. Slavery in the roman culture is a contemporary issue worth of discussion ("Roman society” 2011.
In the ancient roman, the society was divided into two groups, the rich and the poor. The division was mostly based on the location of dwelling and the meals they ate.
The poor in many case lived in the suburbs of the town by them referred to us the up country. They lived with their families there, as they could not afford the cozy urban town. The poor mostly dwelt on corn. They worked in cornfield and would be given the low quality corn. They took two meals in a day, which were breakfast and dinner. The issues of guest were not well emphasized among the poor ("Roman society” 2011).
On the other hand, the rich leaved a very cozy life. They lived in the centre of the urban centered Rome. They had built magnificent houses and buildings from where they would operate their businesses and live. The rich had three meals a day. Breakfast, which was mostly bread, dipped air wine and some butter. Lunch was a light meal while dinner was the main meal of the day ("Roman society” 2011). The rich invited their counterparts either to discuss business or have fun together taking dinner. According to research, most of the rich Romans were either in the royal family in illegal business or inheritance wealth.
Slaves were abducted in several ways. In the roman culture, some of the ways include being taken in war. Roman culture was involved in many wars. It was considered as a superior empire thus could get into war with every other kind or culture that closed its interests. Through these wars which it mostly worn, they arrested the prisoners of war. These ended up to work as slaves for the master who arrested them. They were also made a tool of trade and sold to other master for the same purpose. The slaves were obtained in other ways ("Roman Slaves" 2013). The Roman Empire had a very strict set of rules. Personnel who believed in the law books deeply headed it. Some mistakes, which were done by the citizens, ended up making them slaves. Being a salve meant that you had been denied all rights to, are a human and you acted as an object to the master ("Roman Slaves" 2013)?
It sometimes occurred that the slaves intermingle. This in most times happened during transportation or storage. This resulted into the women slaves getting children as they were working. Such kinds born under the servitude were termed as slaves automatically. This was the other way in which slaves were abducted. Once abducted and declared as slaves, they were subject to ownership to their masters. They have no rights as humans but as object owned. Slaves in the roman culture were considered property ("Roman Slaves" 2013).
Slaves as mention in the essay were subject to trade. Their ownership would be transferred from one mater to the other. This was done inform of trade as other items would be traded. The same way one would sell an object he or she poses was the same way the slaves were sold. They were exposed in the field or markets. Usually there were specific days when the slave trade was intense. During these days, the slaves would be brought to the field or the market naked. They had a big ring, which was written on it the good and bad qualities of the slave. This made it easier for those buyers to analyze the kind of slave they wanted. The auction was as any other business. The exchange of currency was done and the slave had a new master who owned it ("Roman Slaves" 2013). Slaves were not allowed to own property. However, some slaves would save currency enough to buy a slave. In this regard, they were allowed to buy the slave allowing them freedom.
The relationship between the slaves and their masters was indefinite. The masters had total power over their slaves I the roman culture. The master of the slaves was allowed by the rule of law to whip or murder the slaves at will. This is one of the factors, which shows that slaves were treated as properties to the owner ("Roman Slaves" 2013). There was guarantee security on the master with his slaves. In any case, in the master was found dead in the house and the killer not discovered, the domestic slaves were eligible to be punished by death over the death of their master. There were minimal cases where the slaves married. However, in the few cases when women slaves bore children, the children were the property of the order of the slave. It was at his hand to decide what to do with the child. According to the roman culture, there were several days and months where the slaves were very free. There were in such a day served at the masters table the same food as the master. This was during the celebration and festive day ("Roman Slaves" 2013).
Their masters concurrently punished slaves. As indicated in the essay, the master had a mandate to do whatever he or she wanted with the slave. For this reason, when the slave made a punishable mistake, they faced punishment from the m without the master decided asters .punishment for the slaves. It would be in the form of beating or job. This included instance where they worked day and night without sleeping. The other punishment involved indicating their mistakes on the badge they held. This was tiresome and counted as part of punishment ("Roman Slaves" 2013).
Several instances occurred that the slaves gained back their freedom. A slave would gain freedom either forever or over a period in several ways. Once purchased and allowed to work, some slaves used the opportunity to same money. The slave then would hire or buy as slave to free him or her out of slavery. In any case, the slave registered in the census before the eyes of the master, and then they were considered free from that time ("Roman Slaves" 2013). Masters in the other hand would wish to let their slaves free. Masters as much as they treated their slaves in a cruel way were still human beings. They world in some instance give them back their freedom and allow them to go and interact with the rest the citizens. This was usually a turnaround in the life of the slave.finnaly the master would the slaves to government offices and free them form there ("Roman Slaves" 2013).
The masters were concerned with the happening of their slaves. As living things, slaves would fell sick. It was dependant on the nature of the master on how one would be treated in cases of an accident. Sometimes the master would be very busy to remember his or her ailing slave, which may cause the slave to end up dead ("Roman society” 2011). However, some other masters would take care of the slaves up to the last minute. As illustrated in the essay, the master would mourn the death of the slave. This is especially if the slave was a real asset to him. The master would figure out some of their conversations to deduce what the slave wanted done after their death ("Roman Slaves" 2013). There is a different way in which the master responds to the problems affecting their slaves. According to the roman culture, this was at their pleasure to react in any way.
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