You Wouldn't Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece! (Revised Edition)

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Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
This description of what it meant to be a slave in ancient Greece opens with a map and a two-page timeline running from the first Greek settlements in 40,000 B.C to Greece’s becoming a Roman province in 146 B.C. The heavily illustrated text is conversational and speaks directly to the reader. Information about slavery follows the capture of a family of four—mother, father, and two young children—and their voyage across the Black Sea on a slave ship. On their arrival in Athens, they are sold at the slave market and permanently separated from each other. The text follows the mother as she scrubs and bakes, mends, cares for children, arranges her mistress’ hair, spins, weaves, goes to the market, carries water, and does farm chores. The text points out that kind owners treat their slaves well and that some skilled slaves are able to buy their freedom, but most are not that fortunate. In addition, female slaves are considered inferior to males, and all slaves are subject to being beaten if they displease their owners or being sold if they are no longer trusted or needed. A two-page glossary, an index, and a three-page section containing brief pieces of information about Greek culture and history follow the text. Many colorful, cartoon-style illustrations illustrate the text. The book is part of the “You Wouldn’t Want to Be” series. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito; Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531238530
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: You Wouldn't Want to
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 304,553
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years

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