Classical Antiquities. II. Roman Antiquities

Classical Antiquities. II. Roman Antiquities

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...in later times from every province in the empire. The Romans, indeed, never sank so low as the Southern States of America did, when one part of the country bred slaves as a matter of business to supply the markets of another part. But slaves were naturally brought in numbers from the poorer parts of the Empire to the centre of its wealth and luxury. So, by degrees, they grew to unheard-of numbers. This was partly from the way in which the old yeomen of the country had become extinct, and their farms had been swallowed up in the broad estates (latifundia) of the nobles Primer of Roman History, p. 55); partly from the growth of display and extravagance in the city. We find that, under the Empire, there was hardly a man so poor as not to have his slave: Horace speaks of himself as living extremely simply when waited upon by three slaves at dinner alone at home; and we are told that it was not uncommon for nobles to possess ten or twenty thousand slaves, or even more than this. 13. House slaves.--The household of slaves was own word family that we hear in Cassar of a familia including 10,000 souls. It was generally divided into two parts, (1) familia urbana, (2) familia rustica. The familia urbana lived in the town-house of the master, and included all those slaves whom he kept for luxury and show. In the later days of the Republic and under the Empire, these were exceedingly numerous, and had the most varied duties. One set looked after the rooms and furniture, another after the cooking and the service of the table, a third after the dresses and the toilette of the master and mistress, then there were those whose duty it was to escort their lord whenever he appeared in public, to carry his litter, to clear the way for him through the narrow...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123663716X
  • 9781236637161