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Old 12-30-2012, 21:15   #41
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Originally Posted by inertia186 View Post
Correct, they were not sold in the same way.
You're completely wrong. They were sold exactly the same way. It is true that slaves could, with the permission of their owners, earn money and even buy their freedom in some cases, but that was neither required nor even the norm throughout the majority of Roman history.
American slave markets did not have any notion of the debt owed by the slave. There was no limit of any kind associated with the slave as related by the debt they owed. They could never pay off their debt because it wasn't based on any debt obligation.
It is true that some slaves became enslaved as a result of debts, but that was hardly the only route to slavery. Read Caesar's The Gallic Wars, he enslaved entire towns and tribes, the Veneti for example.
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