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Slaves were often very badly treated in the wealthy ancient Roman families. Slaves would be used to keep furnaces burning for the bath houses and central heating. Roman Slaves would be expected to cook, clean and do other household chores and jobs.

In the country, Roman farms, slaves would have to do all the hard and back-breaking work needed in running a farm.

Unfortunate Roman Slaves were used down mines to mine silver, lead, tin and gold for their masters - they might not get to see sunlight for months at a time.

Slaves were also used in Ancient Rome's galleys and in gladiatorial combats in the arena.

Some slaves might be used as tutors for wealthy families children. Other gifted slaves might be expected to keep their masters accounts and run his investments for him.

Even valued household slaves who were treated as part of the Roman family in many ways, were still slaves, and did not have the same rights and access to the law as a Roman Citizen.

One of the laws that was in operation at the time of the Emperor Hadrian was if a master was murdered by a slave, then all the other slaves within hearing were executed, as well as the slave who did the dastardly deed.

If your mother was a slave when you were born then you were also a slave. This helped the Romans maintain their number of slaves when they were not at war.

During war time, captured prisoners were used as slaves in the Roman Empire.

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The Emperor Hadrian ruled for 21 years from A.D. 117 until A.D. 138, when the Empire of Ancient Rome was at its height.

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Roman Kitchen with Roman slaves Working

Roman Kitchen with Roman slaves Working.

Drawing of Roman kitchen with Roman Slaves working and preparing food modern.
Saalburg, Museum. Credits: Barbara McManus, 1988.
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Roman Slaves Working and Preparing a Meal

Roman Slaves Working and Preparing a Meal.

Wall painting of Roman Slaves working and preparing a meal; Roman, 50-75 CE.
Malibu, Getty Villa. Credits: Barbara McManus, 2009.
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