A room for slaves was found in the ruins of Pompeii


Archaeologists have found a room in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, believed to shed light on the lives of slaves of ancient times, according to Reuters.

Located about 700 meters from the city’s wall, this room features 3 wooden beds.

The room, which is about 16 square meters in size, has a small window and has housed other property in addition to the slaves: a number of objects have been found in the room, such as a ceramic Amfora container and jugs.

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According to researchers, the “slave room” has remained in good condition. It was found in the lands of the same villa as ceremonial carriages in early 2021, and it is possible that the slaves had taken care of the wagons.

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The coffin seen near the beds in the room has parts assembled from wood, metal, and fabric that may be part of a horse harness. In addition, a carriage axle was found on one of the beds.

Two of the beds in the room were 170 cents long and one 140 cents long. Researchers believe it is possible that a slave family has lived in the room.

“This is an exceptional cross-section of the life and daily work of a little-known ancient population,” said the director of the Pompeii Archaeological Site. Gabriel Zuchtriegel To Reuters.

“In official sources, everything is always seen from the perspective of the elite. Here, instead, we see the lives of slaves, servants, socially inferior people. ”

In ancient Rome, the economy was based on the widespread use of slaves, and slaves were considered the property of their masters.

However, it was possible for the slave to buy himself free and then get almost full civil rights.

Pompeii, located near the present-day city of Naples, was home to about 13,000 inhabitants when it was submerged in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79.

Archaeological finds are regularly made in the partially excavated city, illuminating the lives of the people of the Roman city.


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