Rome and Slavery
By: Owen Graves
“The result is that slaves who cannot talk before his master's face talk about him behind his back. It is this sort of treatment which makes people say, 'You've as many enemies as you've slaves.' They are not our enemies when we get them; we make them so.” -Seneca
How Romans became Slaves
The Role of Slaves
Benefits and Downfalls of slavery
Slaves both helped and hurt Rome. They provided the means for Rome to achieve its great wealth and provided the manual labor necessary for some of Rome's greatest wonders, such as the Colosseum or the Circus Maximus. On the other hand it also hindered Rome from developing new technology and forced Rome to rely on its masses of slaves, estimated to be about 25% of the population at times. This coupled with other factors such as wars and corruption led to the fall of Rome.