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What was the role of slaves in ancient Egypt?


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May 18, 2010 3:13PM

Many slaves in ancient Egypt performed the role of servants in the houses of the wealthy. They were usually fairly treated, adequately clothed and well fed. Remember there were no modern labour saving devices. Every household job had to be done by hand. It was hard graft.

Some slaves were hired as mercenaries in the army.

Those who were less fortunate were forced to do humiliating, degrading and often dangerous work such as working on the land, digging canals, building monuments, quarrying and worst of all working in the mines. They were at the mercy of tough overseers. Food was pretty basic and they were usually naked and punished if they didn't work hard enough.