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.