- David Barnett
- Madrid (Mad), Spain
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Is modern man just as much a slave as real slaves of the past?
In ancient Rome, slaves were generally part of the household. They were looked after, clothed, fed, housed and given medical succour or protection if needed. During the Saturnalia Festival, they even exchanged places with their masters for the day and the masters served them.
Now I know about all the horrors of the slave-trade and the treatment they received at the hands of the slave-owners, but I want to put forward the argument that people today living off low wages and having no land but having the obligation to pay huge mortgages, buy clothes for themselves and their families, feeding themselves, protecting themselves in time of distress are probably in much more of a vulnerable situation than many slaves of the past.