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A slave is a human being who is owned by another human being through birth purchase or capture A slave can be bought sold hired out exchanged given as a gift or inherited They dont have rights the law doesnt protect them and their masters rule over them Their masters can treat them as they wish and the slaves work with no pays what so ever Since ancient times people of all cultures were deprived of their rights through slaveryMany people may wonder about when slavery began or how it started Well about 10000 years ago people developed farming which gave them more food than they desired Therefore they came up with a theory instead of killing their enemies why cant they hold their enemies as prisoners feed them with the extra food and make them work for their owners That is the main reason why slavery began Ever since then slavery in ancient times became a part of common life Slavery was an accepted feature often essential to the economy and society of all ancient civilizations The ancient Mesopotamian Indian and Chinese civilizations employed slaves either domestically in homes and shops or in gangs for large-scale construction or agriculture The ancient Egyptians used slaves on a mass scale to build the royal palaces and monuments The ancient Hebrews also used slaves but they were required by religious law to free slaves of their own nationality at certain fixed times In the more advanced civilizations of pre-Columbian America for example those of the Aztec Inca and Maya slave labor was also used on a large scale in both agriculture and warfareIn the Homeric epics slavery is the ordinary destiny of prisoners of war The later Greek philosophers did not consider the condition of slavery as morally objectionable although Aristotle went so far as to suggest that faithful slaves might be freed in reward for loyal service With few exceptions slaves in ancient Greece were humanely
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