Daily Life in Ancient Rome
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Treat Roman Slaves Well
Seneca, a Roman Writer, actually advised people to take care of and look after their slaves. This is what he said:
Seneca: There is a proverb: "you have as many enemies as you have slaves." But in truth, we make them our enemies. We abuse them as if they were beasts of burden. When we recline for dinner, one wipes our spittle, another picks up the scraps and crumbs thrown down by drunkards. The point of my argument is this: "treat your inferior as you would like to be treated."
The most famous (to us) Roman Slave that we know about is Spartacus. He led a rebellion of slaves in Ancient Rome and his slave army battled and defeated powerful Roman Legions. Eventually, Spartacus and his army of Roman Slaves were defeated and all the slaves who survived the battle were killed as an example to all the other slaves of Ancient Rome.
Field Slaves and Farm Workers
In the countryside of the Roman Empire slaves were used to work the land. Field Slaves would have to look after crops and care for animals. These kind of slaves were often poorly treated getting minimum food and inadequate accomodation. big farms were worked by slave field-hands, who were often very badly treated.