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Did Julius Caesar reduce the number of slaves?

Did Caesar reduce the number of slaves? Possibly, but we have no convincing evidence or reliable statistics with which to make such a statement with any certainty. The passage you cited seems to have ...
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Were there "Taxes Paid" slave tattoos in the Roman Empire?

Apparently yes, that is one possible way of reading one surviving inscription. But it is not so clear cut easy. This is evidenced by one find, a rather isolated appearance from Ephesos: often ...
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Were freedmen part of the "familia"?

Short Answer How true Jeanne Marie Neumann's statement is depends on, firstly, the definition of familia used and, secondly, the circumstances of individual freedmen and freedwomen. As one classicist ...
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Why did slave dealers and buyers in the Antebellum South especially value enslaved persons with "good teeth" and "good front teeth"?

The suggestion by @MCW in comments -- that veterinarians check the teeth of livestock -- is unfortunately probably the right track to follow. Southern Slave traders and slave buyers routinely stated ...
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Which was the official position of the Catholic Church on the Atlantic Slave Trade?

Which was the official position of the Catholic Church on the Atlantic Slave Trade? This is going to be a very complicated answer to say the least, especially when we see that the Apostle St. Paul ...
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Did any African-American slaves with Jewish owners ever adopt Judaism?

My husband is an African American Jew. His family has been Jewish as long as they can remember. They have Jewish surnames and a small amount of Ashkenazi DNA. We can date their ancestry back to the ...
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Which French Revolutionary figure thought black slaves could oversee monkeys for labor?

There are many mentions from French Enlightenment writers, which is not the same as Revolutionary, but I think more adequate to what you are looking for. This is because influences of Linnaeus and ...
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Did Abraham Lincoln send a letter to Jefferson Davis about allowing slavery if he rejoined the Union?

This is probably referring to the preliminary announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. The preliminary version was announced on 22 Sept 1862, announcing the Emancipation Proclamation would take ...
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Is there mutual significance in the year 1807, so far as abolition of the slave trade in Britain and the United States is concerned?

Probably coincidental - the U.S. Constitution (Article 1, section 9) says: The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be ...
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Which French Revolutionary figure thought black slaves could oversee monkeys for labor?

James' answer cleared up a critical factual error I had in my memory of this Frenchman's ideas. It was indeed Abbe Sieyes, but the the hierarchy for labor was different. I offer the following from A ...
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Why were slave armies used?

The things differed a lot between civilizations, status of slaves and the rewards promised for going to war. First of all, there was no single, the same notion of "slavery" throughout ...
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Were conquered professionals used as forced professional labor under Nazi rule?

Under the Arbeitseinsatz a lot of people from the conquered territories were put to work in Germany. Mostly this was in labour intensive industries like farms, factories, and such places in order to ...
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What was the wealth distribution in US antebellum North / South

Here are some rough economic facts for a start. The North had four times the GDP of the South. The North had 22 million people. The South had 9.5 million people, of which just under 4.0 million were ...
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Was American slavery economically advantageous primarily due to being able to also sell offspring?

Slaves were considered a capital asset not just labor. By 1861 almost half the total value of the South's capital assets was in the "value of negroes". They were taxable wealth. When ...
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Were there plans to admit the Territory of New Mexico as a slave state?

In December 1860, a House committee proposed immediately admitting New Mexico as a slave state. From The Impending Crisis, by David Potter & Don Fehrenbacher (1976): [The Committee of Thirty-...
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Were conquered professionals used as forced professional labor under Nazi rule?

Expanding on the answer by jwenting, the outcome would strongly depend on the Nazi view of the racial 'suitability' of the workers. Those seen as almost 'Aryan' would get privileged jobs and ...
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Why did slave dealers and buyers in the Antebellum South especially value enslaved persons with "good teeth" and "good front teeth"?

Teeth have always been considered to be a sign of good health. This is partially for good reasons, and partially for reasons not really confirmed by medicine. Slaves' teeth were checked by slave ...
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Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?

A different question but related Slavery economically advantageous? If cotton is taken to be a significant driver of the practice of slavery it can be argued that slavery was not in decline leading up ...
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