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L. Asiatic & African Prisoners R. African Child B. Harem Scene
L. 14th c BCE-13th c BCE C. 1st-3rd c R. 19th c Egyptian Egyptian New Kingdom Sc

EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM Anonymous (c.1570 BCE - 1070 BCE) Primary
EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM Anonymous (c.1570 BCE - 1070 BCE)
EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM Anonymous (c.1570 BCE - 1070 BCE)
1373 BCE-1237 BCE
L. 14th c BCE-13th c BCE C. 1st-3rd c R. 19th c
Limestone
Carved
Egyptian New Kingdom
Relief
Egypt.
Cairo. Egyptian Museum.
African73.afr05c19
Slavery has a long tradition in many parts of the world. We have already touch upon the facts that the ancient Egyptians made slaves out of the people they conquered, a practice almost ubiquitous in the ancient world. Like most other ancient civilizations, Greek and Roman societies were based upon slave labor. Many came from peoples they conquered; others were enslaved because of debt, and still others were purchased from slave traders. At first Roman slaves had no rights, and they could be put to death for the least misdemeanor, but Augustus granted them legal status, and many were set free. August himself is said to have left over 4,000 slaves at his death. Many slaves, but by no means the majority, came from Africa. The slave traders most often purchased them from Africans, but sometimes just captured them and took them across the pitiless Sahara, selling those that survived to households in North Africa, at first Roman and later Muslim. Women worked as house slaves, joining the white slaves that peopled North African harems. African men served as doormen and guards. Many of these unfortunates were castrated to serve as guards in the harems of wealthy Muslims. The 19th century French painter Delacroix painted the scene from a North African harem illustrated on the bottom.

Caption: L. EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM C. ROMAN IMPERIAL R. DELACROIX|L. Asiatic & African Prisoners R. African Child B. Harem Scene | L. 1373 BCE-1237 BCE C. 1st-3rd c R. c. 1830-1860

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