The life of a slave in ancient Rome depended upon the wealth and temperament of his owner. It also depended on the slave's location. For example, a city slave had a much easier life than a rural slave because the work load was different. On the whole, the lives of Roman slaves, especially the urban ones, was much easier than the lives of slaves in other cultures. The Roman slaves also had the very real possibility of gaining their freedom, which other cultures did not offer.