Slavery


Slavery
   Slavery played a minor role in ancient Egypt, contrary to modern expectations. There was no large-scale exploitation of slavery. Most slaves were acquired as booty in war or to a lesser extent from the sale of criminals or debtors. Most slaves were used in a domestic context as local servants, although they may have been employed in certain industrial concerns, for example as slave women used for the preparation of textiles. Slaves seem to have been on the whole well treated and absorbed into the community in due course. There is the example of Hesunebef, who was freed by his patron and found a position, and references to slaves who inherited the property of their master or mistress. The Biblical Israelites in Egypt were not technically slaves but were subject to indentured labor, as were all Egyptian subjects. The position of slaves undoubtedly worsened during the Graeco-Roman Period, when classical views on slavery prevailed.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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