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        Understanding Slavery in Egypt, Assyria, and Sparta

        This Media Gallery and associated background essay uses images and descriptions to draw points of similarity and difference between forms of slavery in Ancient Egypt, Assyria, and Sparta.

         

        Review the images and descriptions in this media gallery and the primary sources in the worksheet. As you do, consider what each source implies about slavery in Egypt, Assyria, or Sparta. Afterwards, compare and contrast slavery in each of these regions by filling out a Venn diagram.

         

        Egyptian Slaves

        This wall painting from the Tomb of Rekhmire, vizier of Tuthmosis III and Amenhotep II, depicts both skilled workers and slaves, possibly Nubian slaves, at work on a wall. During this period, the 18th dynasty, raids into Nubia for slaves were common.

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        Assyrian Slaves

        This Assyrian relief from the Palace of Assurbanipal in Nineveh shows a procession of war prisoners. As was common in the ancient world, most or all of these prisoners would have been sold off as slaves.

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        Excerpts Describing Slavery in Egypt, Assyria, and Sparta

        These excerpts from ancient documents describe slavery in Egypt, Assyria, and Sparta. The first excerpt is from The History of Herodotus. The second excerpt is from Hellenica by Xenophon. And the third excerpt is from Plutarch’s Lives.

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        Spartan Slave

        In this painting from 1900, a Spartan father points out a drunken slave to his sons as an example of immorality. Spartans were proud of their military might and strict male-based society. But behind the romantic image of proud Spartan warriors were legions of slaves (helots).

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