Empire, Oil, and Disaster - blog about my new book

A religious sect getting more and more attention of the world. Jews in the Middle East already have problems with them. Coincidentally, a terrible terract happens in the largest city of the empire. The same religious sect is blamed for it. The year is 64 AD. The sect is Christians. The place is Rome of the emperor Nero.
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Sunday, February 11, 2007

The price of slaves in Rome

Found such information for the time of Cato, but don't know how reliable it is...
  • The price of a slave is about a two-year wage of a free man of similar skills.
  • A free field worker had between 2/3 to 5/6 of a denarius per day, that is about 500-600 in two years.
  • An unskilled, 20 year old male slave was about 500 denarius.
  • Related: expected return of 6% (25 denarii per year) and writing off the salve in 20 years.
  • Keeping a slave was about 1/3 of the wage of a free worker, about 128 denarii per year for an unskilled field worker.
  • Cost of living at the time for a freeman laborer and his wife was about 300 denarii/year.

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