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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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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Slaves prices in Greece and Rome

Found an interesting information.

Prices on slaves in Greece in around 400-350 BC.

Uneducated slave~ 2 mins (1.5-2.5 mins)
Skilled slave3-4 mins
Slave overseer, "manager"5-6 mins
Slave with special skills and knowledge10-15 mins
Beautiful girls and dancers20-30 mins

Greek money:

6 obols=1 drahma
100 drahms=1 min
60 mins=1 talant

Now, Rome.
In Republic and early Empire uneducated slave was 400-500 denarii.
Late Empire (with almost no conquest and cheap source of slaves) 600-700 denarii
(the second price seems questionable, considering inflation)

Comparing with the Greek prices, we get:

Uneducated slave400-500 denarii
Skilled slave800-1000 denarii
Slave overseeer, "manager"1000-1500 denarii
Slave with special skills and knowledge2000-3000 denarii
Beautiful girls and dancers4000-6000 denarii

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