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Question 1 I will begin with a quote from The World of Rome Rome was where the people brokers lived 172 Slavery was centered in the heart of Rome because slaves were such a precious commodity and much of the surrounding countries trading went on there The depictions of slaves and their lives from the play Adelphoe and passages from both WR and RW are all very different from each other Some are more believable then others First off who were the slaves in Rome and the surrounding Italy The account in RW suggests that some were Syrian a house-hold slave who was a Syrian by race from Apamea 22 RW However we also know that slaves were also apart of the booty that was taken by Roman consuls and generals after a victory from whoever was defeated Potentially slaves could be from all backgrounds or areas surrounding Rome that had been previously defeated Slaves were also detained voluntarily many people actually opted for slavery to better their circumstances and create new opportunities for themselves 170 WR By voluntarily enslaving oneself they could escape from the route of oppression and poverty The anecdotes told may be accurate about the specific instances they detail but there is not much general information From WR there are stories of specific people Epicterus 169 who eventually freed himself Doctor Galen 170 who watched his friend beat two young slave boys or Musicus 170 who was successful only because he was literate This in turn makes the texts not very comprehensive and causes an inaccurate portrayal of the general slave life Adelphoe shows less of an accurate portrayal then the other readings This is because the main slaves in the story Geta and Syrus are not treated as though they are slaves they are just right hand men to Sostrata and Aescinus This was done because they were just characters in the story Sostrata and Aescinus being slaves had nothing
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