Democrats and slaves

Classical Athens is renowned for being the birthplace of democracy. Yet it also holds the dubious distinction of being the first society with large numbers of slaves. Coincidence? Probably not, as Paul Cartledge explains...

A Greek relief depicting a woman sitting with her jewels with a slave. (Photo by PHAS/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the September 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

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