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You could say that the Romans had slaves since they came into existence. Slavery is as old as mankind and every civilization, both ancient and modern had slaves. The Romans along with other ancient peoples had a slave based economy and many aspects of civilization are due to not only a slave's physical labor, but to the performing of menial jobs, which freed up the owner/master to write, invent, experiment, etc.
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Who did the Romans use as slaves?

Generally slaves came from captured populations - defeated soldiers and their people. The progeny of slaves also became the slaves of their masters. Victorious Roman generals were entitled to the prisoners as their share of the spoils, and they sold them to slave dealers who accompanied armies. The dealers then sold them locally and abroad, including in Rome itself. Similarly for captured cities, if the terms of surrender didn't specify otherwise, the population could be sold as slaves - an incentive to surrender early when better terms could be negotiated. As an example, after the first two Punic Wars, the Carthaginians got away with ceding territory and paying indemnities. In the Third, the city was destroyed and the population enslaved to finalise the problem and stand as a object lesson to others. In consequence Roman slaves originated in all parts of Europe, North Africa and the East. More exotic slaves might be brought from further afield by slave traders. Different ethnics were preferred for different types of service, though the worst types ended up in either the slow death of the mines or as chained agricultural workers. Educated Greeks were used as tutors for children; Spartacus the gladiator rebel was a Thracian. And as a strange quirk, as Greeks were rarely given Roman citizenship, some quite rich ones sold themselves into slavery as tutors so that, when freed (by purchase or in their owner's will), they were automatically granted Roman citizenship.

Who were Roman slaves?

Roman slaves were prisoner of wars from the battles the Romans fought. Nearer the end of the Roman empire there were less battles so there was a short supply of slaves. they were ROMAN SLAVES!

How did Roman slaves become slaves?

Some families had lots of children and couldn't afford to feed them all so they sold them some at slave markets. Other slaves are from slave traders from outlying parts of the Roman Empire and were taken to Rome to be sold at slave markets.

What did Roman slaves eat?

Usually leftovers from meals that their masters ate. The diet of the Roman slave depended upon the master and the type of slave., For example, a farm hand would be fed a more filling grain based diet of stews/porridge and coarse bread, while a domestic slave would have a diet higher in protein and veggies and some would even be allowed to eat the same daily food as the master by way of leftovers.

How were roman slaves punished?

roman slaves were wipped for a minor offense. if roman slaves tried to run away and was caught, a large F was burned on there forhead. if the slaves committed a major offense, they were sent to the mines. being sent to the mines was a death sentence because it was a veyr dangerous place to work. a slave could be killed by there master at any time, because after all they were their property, but not often would a master kill their slave for it would mean less help around the house.

Did the Romans have slaves?

Slaves were a very important part of Ancient Roman society. Your wealth was partly based on how many slaves you owned. Even poor people had at least one slave.

Roman slaves were used for?

Roman slaves were used for mine work, agricultural labor, household care, tutoring, and military services.

What were the roles of the Romans slaves?

Slaves sometimes worked in underground mines getting gold, silver,copper and more. . Some of them also worked as cooks, nannies and cleaners.

Where did the Romans get their slaves?

from stalls in town---at least that's where they purchased many of them. However slaves came from all over the empire and possessed various talents and abilities and were valued accordingly. Many slaves were prisoners of war or citizens of captive cities. Some were born into slavery while others, at one time, could be forced into slavery because of debt. (the debtor's slavery was eventually outlawed.)

Why did the Romans have slaves?

All ancient peoples in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East had slaves: the Sumers, the Assyrians, The Egyptians, the Greeks and so on. In those days slaves were war captives. When cities were captured they were plundered for war booty. Enslaving some of their inhabitants was part of the spoils of war. Having slaves was considered normal in those cultures. Most of Rome's slaves were bought by the owners of large landed estates who used them to work in the fields. The households of the rich had dozens of slaves to carry out domestic and other jobs. Miners were slaves because it was a very dangerous job with high mortality rates. Some slaves became gladiators. The state also had educated slaves who worked in archives and state offices.

How did Romans get there slaves?

The Romans and all other ancient societies got their slaves by various means. Many were prisoners of war, or inhabitants of a captured city. Some were sold to the Romans by owners in different countries. Some were children of slaves and yet others were abandoned babies that a person would take in and raise as a slave.

What did the roman slaves eat for breakfast?

The slaves ate whatever was left over from the master's breakfast, or if the family had guests the night before, the leftover foods from the dinner would serve both the family and their slaves.

How were Roman slaves sold?

Hi Roman slaves were sold in the streets. i leart this last year when i went to haidrens wall.

In roman empire who were slaves were did they come from?

In ancient Rome, slaves were the servants of people. There were public slaves who did work for the state, rural slaves who did form work, and domestic slaves who ran households and took care of the master's business. They came from various places. Some were prisoners of war, some were imported from other countries, and some were born in Rome to slave parents. Some had menial jobs, others had important ones.

In the roman times was a slave a slave for life?

Slaves where set free for good service or if their master gave them permission. Slaves could also buy their freedom but this was a virtually impossible task, as they did not earn money.

What Romans were not slaves?

No Roman was a slave. A Roman was a citizen. Even the poorest of the poor was a citizen. The only possible way a Roman could become a slave was to voluntarily sell himself into slavery. This was sometimes done by someone wanting to avoid his debtors with an agreement with his new owner that would allow him to buy back his freedom. Needless to say, a man who did this, lost all his social standing, and was considered nothing more than an outcast.

When did slaves get introduced to roman culture?

Slavery is just about as old as the human race. Every ancient culture had slaves of some type, the Romans were no different. In the ancient world slavery was considered a part of life. The people who were to become known as the Romans had their prisoners of war or debtors to serve them from the founding of the city.

What was the job of slaves in the roman empire?

The job of the slaves in the roman empire was that they had to serve their masters and that was: cleaning, washing and even sex with the master

Why weren't the roman slaves educated?

Where did you ever get the idea that the Roman slaves were uneducated? True, some of the farm slaves were illiterate, but the city slaves were sometimes highly educated. Slaves were the physicians, accountants, and their owner's surrogates in many business matters. Former slaves, could become very wealthy men, as exemplified during the reign of the emperor Claudius. Please don't confuse ancient slavery with American slavery. In American slavery, education was forbidden for slaves and gross mistreatment was in many cases the norm. In ancient slavery attitudes were very, very different.

How were the Romans civilised if they had slaves?

All ancient societies had slaves. It was a fact of life, not only in Rome, but in all other societies. Great civilizations, such as those in Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece and Rome were all dependant on slave labor or slave input. A civilization is based on its cultural, social, and economic achievements, not on its labor force. Although today slavery is abhorrent, in the ancient world it was acceptable. We should not fall into the trap of judging the ancients by our present day standards.

Did slaves help the Roman empire?

They helped the Romans to do their dirty/hard work. In addition, the slaves in Rome as in all ancient cultures, were the backbone of the society. Slaves were not only the manual laborers, but they were also secretaries and accountants, teachers and cooks. There is even a record of a slave lending out his master's money on his own authority. Slaves were in charge of rentals as seen in the advertising from Pompeii. We would never have the writings of Cicero if it were not for his slave/secretary, Tiro, who was the one who published them.

Where did ancient Roman slaves come from?

Roman slaves came from all over the empire. some were prisoners of war, others were enslaved populations of entire towns, and many of them were born of slave parents in Rome itself. Highly trained slaves or "exotic" types of slaves could be purchased from foreigner traders.

What did Roman slaves have?

Roman slaves always had the reality of future freedom. I am not speaking of the incorrigible ones or the criminal slaves who were most often sent to the mines where life was short and hard. The ordinary domestic slave had his/her food, clothing and shelter and his medical needs, if any, taken care of. He also had his "peculium" which was his savings. With this he could buy his freedom. However quite often masters or mistresses would free slaves voluntarily. If this happened, the slave still owed service to his former master a few days a week, and he would become his master's client. He would be doing service, if needed, for his former master, while still enjoying the former master's protection and his own freedom. Even the public slaves who worked on the building projects and renovations had these benefits although their chances of making "side money" were less than a domestic's. Most masters freed a certain number of slaves in their wills.

How did Roman slaves get paid?

Slaves didn't get paid. They got a weak supply for the necessities of their survival, and they weren't citizens either.

Can Roman slaves allowed to vote?

Yes. But they had to sleep with their masters/owners to gain one vote. Rome was a sexually driven place

Did Romans give slaves money?

Yes, in fact some Roman slaves were better off financially than the freeborn poor, especially the domestic slaves. Every slave was entitled to have his "peculium" or savings. Slaves would be given gifts of money at Saturnalia, they would be given tips if they did an errand for someone who was not their master. It was customary for a visitor to tip any slaves that were assigned to escort him home after a dinner. It was a foolish Roman, indeed, who declined to tip a doorman, who although a slave, had the power to slam the door in his face and leave him standing in the street, while he went to see if his master would see the unexpected visitor.

Where did the Romans find their slaves?

very simple. :) They got their slaves from places they conqured. Just like many other ancient societys

Was it cold for roman slaves at night?

Not in the middle of August, but seriously, it was just as cold for the slaves as for the masters. The slaves had their cloaks and blankets for sleeping and if they were in an extremely cold climate, such as the mountains or maybe Britain, they had heavy clothing and braziers to heat their quarters if the hypocaust system did not reach there. No master or overseer wanted a bunch of sick slaves on their hands so they were reasonably well cared for. Not in the middle of August, but seriously, it was just as cold for the slaves as for the masters. The slaves had their cloaks and blankets for sleeping and if they were in an extremely cold climate, such as the mountains or maybe Britain, they had heavy clothing and braziers to heat their quarters if the hypocaust system did not reach there. No master or overseer wanted a bunch of sick slaves on their hands so they were reasonably well cared for. Not in the middle of August, but seriously, it was just as cold for the slaves as for the masters. The slaves had their cloaks and blankets for sleeping and if they were in an extremely cold climate, such as the mountains or maybe Britain, they had heavy clothing and braziers to heat their quarters if the hypocaust system did not reach there. No master or overseer wanted a bunch of sick slaves on their hands so they were reasonably well cared for. Not in the middle of August, but seriously, it was just as cold for the slaves as for the masters. The slaves had their cloaks and blankets for sleeping and if they were in an extremely cold climate, such as the mountains or maybe Britain, they had heavy clothing and braziers to heat their quarters if the hypocaust system did not reach there. No master or overseer wanted a bunch of sick slaves on their hands so they were reasonably well cared for. Not in the middle of August, but seriously, it was just as cold for the slaves as for the masters. The slaves had their cloaks and blankets for sleeping and if they were in an extremely cold climate, such as the mountains or maybe Britain, they had heavy clothing and braziers to heat their quarters if the hypocaust system did not reach there. No master or overseer wanted a bunch of sick slaves on their hands so they were reasonably well cared for. Not in the middle of August, but seriously, it was just as cold for the slaves as for the masters. The slaves had their cloaks and blankets for sleeping and if they were in an extremely cold climate, such as the mountains or maybe Britain, they had heavy clothing and braziers to heat their quarters if the hypocaust system did not reach there. No master or overseer wanted a bunch of sick slaves on their hands so they were reasonably well cared for. Not in the middle of August, but seriously, it was just as cold for the slaves as for the masters. The slaves had their cloaks and blankets for sleeping and if they were in an extremely cold climate, such as the mountains or maybe Britain, they had heavy clothing and braziers to heat their quarters if the hypocaust system did not reach there. No master or overseer wanted a bunch of sick slaves on their hands so they were reasonably well cared for. Not in the middle of August, but seriously, it was just as cold for the slaves as for the masters. The slaves had their cloaks and blankets for sleeping and if they were in an extremely cold climate, such as the mountains or maybe Britain, they had heavy clothing and braziers to heat their quarters if the hypocaust system did not reach there. No master or overseer wanted a bunch of sick slaves on their hands so they were reasonably well cared for. Not in the middle of August, but seriously, it was just as cold for the slaves as for the masters. The slaves had their cloaks and blankets for sleeping and if they were in an extremely cold climate, such as the mountains or maybe Britain, they had heavy clothing and braziers to heat their quarters if the hypocaust system did not reach there. No master or overseer wanted a bunch of sick slaves on their hands so they were reasonably well cared for.

Could a Roman slave get married?

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Did ancient roman slaves marry?

At certain times they could marry, but it all depended upon permission being granted by their masters. At certain times they could marry, but it all depended upon permission being granted by their masters. At certain times they could marry, but it all depended upon permission being granted by their masters. At certain times they could marry, but it all depended upon permission being granted by their masters. At certain times they could marry, but it all depended upon permission being granted by their masters. At certain times they could marry, but it all depended upon permission being granted by their masters. At certain times they could marry, but it all depended upon permission being granted by their masters. At certain times they could marry, but it all depended upon permission being granted by their masters. At certain times they could marry, but it all depended upon permission being granted by their masters.

What did Roman slaves ware?

it's wear , not ware Yeah, yeah, we know what they mean so lets answer the question. The Roman slaves wore the same clothing as everyone else except that because they were not citizens they could not wear the toga. They wore tunics and cloaks. On the street a person could not tell a slave from a free man.

What was the name of roman slave clothing?

The clothing of a Roman slave had no particular name. He/she wore the standard dress of anyone else, except the men could not wear togas. The clothing of a Roman slave had no particular name. He/she wore the standard dress of anyone else, except the men could not wear togas. The clothing of a Roman slave had no particular name. He/she wore the standard dress of anyone else, except the men could not wear togas. The clothing of a Roman slave had no particular name. He/she wore the standard dress of anyone else, except the men could not wear togas. The clothing of a Roman slave had no particular name. He/she wore the standard dress of anyone else, except the men could not wear togas. The clothing of a Roman slave had no particular name. He/she wore the standard dress of anyone else, except the men could not wear togas. The clothing of a Roman slave had no particular name. He/she wore the standard dress of anyone else, except the men could not wear togas. The clothing of a Roman slave had no particular name. He/she wore the standard dress of anyone else, except the men could not wear togas. The clothing of a Roman slave had no particular name. He/she wore the standard dress of anyone else, except the men could not wear togas.

What did Roman slaves earn?

sorry about the wait but they earned nothing just some food and a bed to sleep on sometimes they get lucky and be freed. That's the popular conception of Roman slavery, but in reality most Romans took care of their slaves quite well as compared to other societies. Although the slaves did not earn a salary as we know it, many of them made out quite well. The city slaves in particular were well treated, well dressed and could earn and save their own money. They were also well fed as they ate the same as their masters. Laws were passed as to the treatment and the clothing and food for the rural slaves who were much more prone to neglect than the urban slaves.

What was living like for roman slaves?

Although life for many Roman slaves was very difficult, they were arguably better off than their Greek counterparts. There are many examples of slaves being bought to tutor students, to act in plays, etc. - and slaves with useful skills in general had an easier life. There was also a greater frequency of freeing slaves, and the children of Freedmen could become citizens (this would have been unthinkable in Ancient Greece).

What jobs where roman slaves given?

Roman slaves were given many types of jobs ranging from menial duties to personal care duties to confidential duties. Their positions depended upon their education and abilities. Roman slaves were given many types of jobs ranging from menial duties to personal care duties to confidential duties. Their positions depended upon their education and abilities. Roman slaves were given many types of jobs ranging from menial duties to personal care duties to confidential duties. Their positions depended upon their education and abilities. Roman slaves were given many types of jobs ranging from menial duties to personal care duties to confidential duties. Their positions depended upon their education and abilities. Roman slaves were given many types of jobs ranging from menial duties to personal care duties to confidential duties. Their positions depended upon their education and abilities. Roman slaves were given many types of jobs ranging from menial duties to personal care duties to confidential duties. Their positions depended upon their education and abilities. Roman slaves were given many types of jobs ranging from menial duties to personal care duties to confidential duties. Their positions depended upon their education and abilities. Roman slaves were given many types of jobs ranging from menial duties to personal care duties to confidential duties. Their positions depended upon their education and abilities. Roman slaves were given many types of jobs ranging from menial duties to personal care duties to confidential duties. Their positions depended upon their education and abilities.

What happens when a roman slave dies?

He is buried in a shallow grave or large pit with other slaves then is replaced.

Do Roman senators have slaves?

The Roman senators were more than likely the largest group of slave owners beside the emperor. The Roman senators were more than likely the largest group of slave owners beside the emperor. The Roman senators were more than likely the largest group of slave owners beside the emperor. The Roman senators were more than likely the largest group of slave owners beside the emperor. The Roman senators were more than likely the largest group of slave owners beside the emperor. The Roman senators were more than likely the largest group of slave owners beside the emperor. The Roman senators were more than likely the largest group of slave owners beside the emperor. The Roman senators were more than likely the largest group of slave owners beside the emperor. The Roman senators were more than likely the largest group of slave owners beside the emperor.

What Romans have slaves?

It's safe to say that most of the Romans had slaves with the exception of the very poor. It's safe to say that most of the Romans had slaves with the exception of the very poor. It's safe to say that most of the Romans had slaves with the exception of the very poor. It's safe to say that most of the Romans had slaves with the exception of the very poor. It's safe to say that most of the Romans had slaves with the exception of the very poor. It's safe to say that most of the Romans had slaves with the exception of the very poor. It's safe to say that most of the Romans had slaves with the exception of the very poor. It's safe to say that most of the Romans had slaves with the exception of the very poor. It's safe to say that most of the Romans had slaves with the exception of the very poor.

How slaves for Roman becamecitizens?

No slave or ex-slave could became a Roman citizen. A freed slave's children, however, were automatically citizens. No slave or ex-slave could became a Roman citizen. A freed slave's children, however, were automatically citizens. No slave or ex-slave could became a Roman citizen. A freed slave's children, however, were automatically citizens. No slave or ex-slave could became a Roman citizen. A freed slave's children, however, were automatically citizens. No slave or ex-slave could became a Roman citizen. A freed slave's children, however, were automatically citizens. No slave or ex-slave could became a Roman citizen. A freed slave's children, however, were automatically citizens. No slave or ex-slave could became a Roman citizen. A freed slave's children, however, were automatically citizens. No slave or ex-slave could became a Roman citizen. A freed slave's children, however, were automatically citizens. No slave or ex-slave could became a Roman citizen. A freed slave's children, however, were automatically citizens.

What did the Romans call their slaves?

The Romans called their slaves by their names. The Romans called their slaves by their names. The Romans called their slaves by their names. The Romans called their slaves by their names. The Romans called their slaves by their names. The Romans called their slaves by their names. The Romans called their slaves by their names. The Romans called their slaves by their names. The Romans called their slaves by their names.

What levels of roman slaves were there?

Actually there was only one level of slavery -- a slave was a slave. However there was a pecking order or status among slaves. A slave's status depend upon his/her usefulness. For example, a secretary or accountant had more status than a scullery worker or a litter bearer.

Was a roman slave allowed money?

Yes. Roman slaves were allowed quite a bit of financial freedom. Almost every slave had his or her "peculium" which was their savings. They received money in the form of tips for doing a service or a courtesy for someone who was not their master, as gifts at Saturnalia, or as a donative from their owner. Many slaves were able to buy their freedom out of their savings.

Were roman slaves stored in huts?

?Roman slaves were not "stored". They were given living quarters and some of them may have been a type of hut, especially the rural slaves. However for the most part slaves lived in their own quarters. The public slaves and the slaves of the large farms lived in barracks, while domestic slaves lived in the same house as their owner.

Were Roman soldiers slaves?

No. The soldiers were Roman citizens or citizens of the allies of Rome who fought in auxiliary troops which supported the legions of Roman citizens. Towards the end of the empire, the Romans also enlisted Germanic soldiers in their army and hired Germanic mercenaries.

What was the roman slaves religion?

The religion of a slave depended on where he was from. Slaves came from all over the empire and different areas of the empire had different peoples with different religions. Apart form Jewish slaves who were Jews and monotheists, the religions of the other slaves were polytheistic as all other religions around the rest of the empire were polytheistic.

What was true about the slaves in the roman empire?

It is true that the Romans captured large numbers of prisoners after winning battles and sold them as slaves. It is also true that the Romans were in the habit of freeing slaves after a while. At one point the majority of the population of the city of Rome were freedmen and their descendants. Freedmen were given Roman citizenship.

How did roman slaves address their masters?

The form of address used by a slave depended upon several factors, such as the master's preference, the job/position of the slave, weather there was company present or they were in private. A rural slave, who rarely saw his owner, would use a deferential title such as "dominus" or even "bone vir". A domestic slave, who spent much time with the master would call him by his name. It is said that Julius Caesar's personal slaves called him by his name, Gaius.

What were roman slaves not allowed to do?

The number one thing that Roman slaves were not allowed to do was to vote. This was quickly followed by the number two thing which was to own property. Other things that a salve could not do was disobey his master/mistress, except in extraordinary circumstances.

How are roman slaves transported from slave markets?

Roman slaves were an important part of ancient Rome's economy. With that said these unfortunate people had to be safely transported from the slave markets to areas where their owners needed them to work. This was accomplished by using large horse drawn carts on the roadways and using sea transport by ships capable for any rough weather they might encounter.

What did roman slaves were?

It is difficult to understand exactly what you mean by what did the Romans slaves were. Slaves were war captives and were part of the loot of victorious war. When Rome's imperial expansion stopped, the supply of slaves dwindled. Most of the slaves were bought by rich land owners and worked on the large landed estates. The houses of the rich (domus) had many slaves doing as many as fifty different jobs. Miners were slaves. Some slaves with skills worked in state administrative jobs.