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I think the short and simple answer is "No". Seneca in one of his letters recommends treating slaves kindly, as "friends, humble friends but friends" - but says nothing about not having any. Earlier, Cicero was writing to Tiro (I'm fairly certain before the latter's manumission) with great concern for his, Tiro's, health, calls him "best and kindest of men", ...


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Nobody so far has pointed out the obvious: The first people to believe that slavery was evil and wrong were probably discontented slaves (as opposed to contented slaves). I would guess that nobody was as likely to notice and disapprove of his boss's unjust treatment of him as a slave would be. In ancient Rome the First Servile War was in Sicily from 135 ...



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