Ancient Rome Slaves

Student Dressed as a Roman Slave

Most slaves were prisoners of war that the Romans captured while expanding their empire. They were brought back to Rome to do the worst jobs in return for their keep. 

Slaves brought a good price. Most slaves worked in homes or in fields. The jobs they did depended on who owned them. In the home, slaves cooked meals, cleaned, sewed, and did gardening. Some slaves were trained for jobs like being a hairdresser. The Romans brought back many educated Greeks to be slaves. They were usually tutors for the children. Educated slaves also kept the accounts. The government used slaves to build roads, bridges, and aqueducts.

Many slaves were taken to the mines. Mining was hard work. Many slaves died working in the mines. 

Occasionally a slave and a master would become good friends. The master could give the slave money for his work. Slaves could even buy their freedom with this money.


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Ancient Rome Introduction
Romulus and Remus
The History of Rome


The City of Rome
Ancient Roman Emperors
Roman Gods


Ancient Roman Gladiators
The Roman Meal
Ancient Roman Entertainment


Ancient Roman Baths
Ancient Roman Clothing
Ancient Roman Children


Ancient Roman Slaves
Ancient Roman Soldiers
Ancient Roman Homes


Ancient Roman Art
Ancient Roman Calendar
Ancient Roman Building


Roman Numerals
Roman Catacombs