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Jewish Slavery in Antiquity$
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Catherine Hezser

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280865.001.0001

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Hierarchical Equations and DiVerentiations

Hierarchical Equations and DiVerentiations

(p.83) 4 Hierarchical Equations and DiVerentiations
Jewish Slavery in Antiquity

Catherine Hezser (Contributor Webpage)

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Although all slaves were affected by the general aspects of slavery (denationalisation, identification with chattel, total dependency on the master), in reality there were great differences among slaves as far as their actual status within the household and in society at large was concerned. Household slaves were generally better off than farmhands, well-educated and skilled slaves were more valuable for their masters than the rest of the familia, and slaves of prominent masters were both respected and feared within society. Altogether, slaves' roles and functions were very diverse and the boundaries between slaves' and free men's work and lifestyle were blurred. Female slaves were probably sexually exploited to a greater extent than male slaves were.

Keywords:   slavery, lifestyle, skilled slaves, agricultural slaves, female slaves, domestic slaves, free persons

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