Slavery in Pagan Culture

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Jonathan Mai Professor J. Mark Sugars Pagan Culture CLS300 2/25/2014 A Slave to his Own Everyman is warranted to slavery by his own devices. Whether poor, rich, peasants, slaves, or aristocrats, we are all citizens of the Earth. As stated by the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger “Show me someone who isn’t a slave. One man is a slave to lust, another to greed, another to ambition. And all of us are slaves to hope and fear. (Shelton 183).” Seneca believed that no matter who you are or who they were, what right do we have as humans to be inhumane to one another. There are many lessons to be learned from the experiences of the past. I’m here to discuss the comparisons of slavery between the ancient peoples of Rome and Greece, with the institution of slavery as it was practiced in the American Ante-bellum South. Through the dissection of the past of these two cultures, we can compare how the economic importance, treatment of slavery, and reform effected how long slavery was instituted in both culture. In both Ancient times and the Ante-bellum South, slavery was a huge part of both social life and economic life. In fact, it is said that one third of the population of Ancient Rome were slaves (Shelton). The market for slaves itself was large, slaves could be brought, sold, and even rented out. Not only was the market for slaves large, they stimulated other parts of Ancient Rome’s economy. Slaves were used on farms, on public state projects, as household servants, as prostitutes, and even as gladiators, Slavery was view as tradition so embedded into daily life, so that Romans didn’t want to abolish the act. Just as Ancient Rome, slavery was embedded into the Ante-bellum South. The United States owes its early prosperity to slavery, because slavery really stimulated and developed the American agriculture. Slavery is what brought the South, its fertile land. The only

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