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Roman Slavery. This PowerPoint presentation accompanies Closeup Teaching Unit 4.5.2 Roman Slavery 100 BCE – 450 CE. Welcome to the Roman empire!. 2. In the Roman empire there were lots of people: men, women, and children. But many of these men, women, and children were not free ….

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Roman Slavery

This PowerPoint presentation accompanies

Closeup Teaching Unit 4.5.2

Roman Slavery

100 BCE – 450 CE








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Others were abandoned by their parents when they were babies.

Maybe the parents were too poor to raise them.

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Some slaves worked in the kitchen. slavery.

She or he had to work for the owner.


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Even little children, like Iunius, had to work in the master’s kitchen.

Other slaves had to serve the food and drink.


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Others entertained the owners by singing, playing musical instruments, or acting on the stage!



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Some slaves were trained to fight as gladiators! dressed, to do their hair …

Sometimes slave women fought in gladiatorial combats!


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Did all slaves work in cities and towns? dressed, to do their hair …

No! Many had to grow crops, watch flocks … and slave children made good shepherds!


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What happened if you did not obey your owner? dressed, to do their hair …

You could be punished severely; you could be beaten and even locked up or tied up.


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Was there no way out of slavery? dressed, to do their hair …


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Yes! You could dressed, to do their hair …

be manumitted!


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Other masters freed their slaves in their will. dressed, to do their hair …

Some masters manumitted their slaves as a special reward.

And if the master followed certain formalities, the ex-slave became a Roman citizen!

A slave could buy his own freedom with his savings (peculium)


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No, but some slaves who could no longer take the lack of freedom or their owners’ mistreatment could offer resistance!

Could every slave hope to be manumitted?


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They could run away! freedom or their owners’ mistreatment could offer resistance!

They could start a slave rebellion!

They could even use magic!


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They were not always successful … freedom or their owners’ mistreatment could offer resistance!

But …

And punishment could be severe.


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Most slaves just carried on with their lives. freedom or their owners’ mistreatment could offer resistance!

It was going to be a very long time before slavery was officially abolished.


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The End freedom or their owners’ mistreatment could offer resistance!

This PowerPoint presentation accompanies

Closeup Teaching Unit 4.5.2

Roman Slavery

100 BCE – 450 CE


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