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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 12:26 PM
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108. There's really no question that the ancient Egyptians held slaves and treated them in ways
Edited on Wed Apr-20-11 12:26 PM by struggle4progress
we would regard as indicating degraded social status: women were sold to pharoahs as concubines; war captives were branded or tattooed to indicate ownership

We also have accounts from late Egyptian antiquity, only a century or so before the Roman era, detailing the brutal treatment of slaves in Egyptian mines: although these accounts are from a millennium after Ramesses II, Egyptian society was extraordinarily conservative, and there's no reason to think slaves in the mines were well-treated earlier

The Egyptians of the New Kingdom period, like many other civilizations, regularly conducted war to obtain captives -- and the obvious reason for wanting captives is for their labor: otherwise, a captive represents just another mouth to feed
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