Roman Slaves. By: Jack. Who are Slaves?. Slaves are people who are frequently captured in battle and sent back to Rome to be sold as slaves. Abandoned children could also be raised as slaves.
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Once a slave was bought, often they would be a slave for life.
The most common way for a slave to buy freedom was to somehow make the amount of money they were sold for.
They could eventually gain freedom and citizenship, Masters often freed loyal slaves in gratitude for their faithful service, Conditions for slaves in Rome gradually improved, although slaves were treated cruelly in the countryside.
Even though slavery was advantageous to Rome, it was also disastrous in many ways.
The manipulation, the degrading, and the dependency of slaves played some role in the fall of Roman civilization. The cruel and inhumane treatments which some Romans gave their slaves partly led to its downfall. For example, the condition in which slaves were kept after being captured was very humiliating.
When slaves were first captured, they were brought to auction blocks stripped naked as the buyers examined and placed cards on the slaves that listed all the qualifications of the slave. Other ways in which masters degraded their slaves was by selling them into prostitution, especially, the females.