Ancient Slavery Was Not Racist in Character

So It Allowed for Educated Slaves

4/29/20231 min read

“The moral and economic nature of slavery is fundamentally affected whether or not slavery is racist in character. If it is not, then the existence of slavery is not a statement of a world view of ethnic hierarchy. To be a slave is a misfortune for the individual, assuredly a grave one but it is not inevitable, natural, or necessarily permanent. Except financially or socially, the slave need not be thought inferior to his master; indeed, there is no necessary obstacle to the notion that the slave must often be superior, morally, intellectually, and even in education.”

Watson, Roman Slave Law 1987