The Roman story about Vedius Pollio's cruelty toward his slave who was punished by Augustus is quite famous. Do we know such stories showing concern for the slave in ancient Greece?

(I read, and listen to, several books/conference about Ancient Greece. I did not find anything about it. It might be because there is nothing to find).

  • There was certainly concern about the treatment of slaves in ancient Greece, but this was probably more to do with self-preservation (e.g. not provoking slave rebellions) than just concern at the mistreatment of another human being. – Lars Bosteen Feb 3 at 12:34
  • @LarsBosteen, that's also what I tend to believe, but how to prove it? – JinSnow Feb 3 at 16:01
  • Thanks for the edit! I don't recall enough of the Greek legal concept of slavery, but do we have any documents showing concern for the fate of other personal property? (I'm not defending slavery, but I am concerned about imposing modern concepts of human rights on a premodern culture). – Mark C. Wallace Feb 3 at 16:01
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    @MarkC.Wallace I don't believe they had invented the concept of human right, but how to prove it (about this specific point)? – JinSnow Feb 3 at 16:10
  • I don't believe they had invented the concept of human rights - I'm wondering whether they would have bothered to write down or record concerns about the fate of property. – Mark C. Wallace Feb 3 at 16:57

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