The Life of Jesus in Harmony
- By the middle of the 1st Cent. AD., most upper class Romans forsook manual
- They considered it beneath their dignity to work.
- As a result, the work was performed by slaves or a large class of poor
- Their were very skilled craftsmen, worked long hard hours and few became
- Artisans set up their shops throughout the city.
- The shop was just a one room store from which the craftsman sold directly to
- The most common were cobblers, goldsmiths, cutlery makers, and butchers.
- Many other free Romans were unskilled and had to depend entirely upon the
charity of the rich
- Every morning these poor "clients" would line up outside a rich man's door
for scraps or coins
- The government also provided free bread, water, and entertainment for the
- Slaves were deprived of civil rights
- They were considered as animals to be worked to exhaustion for no pay except
- All slaves were completely at the mercy of their owners.
- Many were cruelly punished, maimed, or even killed for slight offenses
- Rome had approximately 200,000 to 300,000 slaves and 500,000 free men.
- By 100 AD. A law was passed forbidding a master to kill, torture, or
mutilate a slave.
- In Rome, many slaves were freed and were known as "freedmen."
- A number of skillful freedmen became wealthy and politically influential.