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Slavery has been around since the beginning of man It took place in the Old Testament and in Babylon in the 18th Century BC It has not always been the same It has changed dramatically All of the slavery around the world in ancient times influenced and became slavery in the United StatesIn ancient times slavery was very different The slaves were treated in a very different manner They actually had some certain rights They had a right to engage in business and to acquire property They could also buy their own freedom if they had the money Many different civilizations had slaves The Summerians Babylonians Egyptians and Chinese all had slavery Two well-known civilizations that had slavery were the Greeks and Romans In Greece any citizen always had the prospect of becoming a slave A Greek slave could become free if they did some great service for the state They had to be elected to citizenship by more than 6000 people At any time a Greek person could become a slave of another It could happen because anything Greek children were sometimes sold into slavery They had a lively slave trade A Greek newborn inherited their status from their mother Some of these things were bad but Greek slaves did have it better than Egyptian slaves They were allowed to collect money so they could buy their freedom They were also allowed to practice private religious ceremonies and slave marriages were recognized The Roman Empire took over Greece and got slavery more organized and it also began to decline Rome also took over Egypt North Africa and Gaul This gave them thousands of slaves The more territory they acquired the greater the need for slaves was There were two types of slaves public and private Private slaves had masters and public slaves were owned by the state Some private owners turned their slaves
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