Ergastulum


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Ergastulum

 

in ancient Rome, a private workhouse for slaves. Ergastula were built underground on the villas of slaveholders or, less often, in city dwellings. Slaves kept there were shackled and were overseen by other slaves. In ancient Rome, the word “ergastulum” sometimes referred to all the slaves on an estate.

ergastulum

A Roman workhouse for slaves or debtors.
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On slaves in houses, Baird 2012, 160; ergastulum at Chalk, Kent, Webster 2005, 166-8; landscapes of control, Friedman 2009.
Reduce this noble race to working in the ergastulum like Negroes and Chinese, and they rebel.
Bergeret a Paris (1900), a novel that helps us retrospectively to understand Wilde's redemptive imaginings: 'The slave will come out of the ergastulum, and the factory no longer eat up men's bodies by millions.