Impressive & Terrifying Facts About Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece refers to the time three decades before the classical age dating between 800 BC and 500 BC. It was a time of growth and sophistication, even resulting in the first recorded democracy. There were major advancements in technology, the arts, warfare, and it even led to the birth of the polis, or city-state, which defined Greece for hundreds of years. The transformation society experienced during the time of ancient Greece would pave the road for the development of Western civilization. Check out these fascinating facts about their culture and how deeply it affected the future of our world.

There Were More Than Enough Slaves

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In ancient Greece, there were more than enough slaves to go around. For example, it is estimated that between 40 and 80% of the population of Athens were actually slaves. An individual could become a slave for a variety of reasons. You could be born into slavery, sold into slavery, or captured as a prisoner of war.

Slaves filled many different positions in Greek culture working as house servants, police officers, sailors, mine workers, cooks, and more. Since Greece was so large, the treatment of slaves varied depending on the region with some having it better off than others. Not owning any slaves was even considered a sign of poverty.