In temples slaves helped priests take care of the gods and
Farming - enormous slave run plantations owned by the aristocratic elite
Household slaves - Prevalent in households of rich middle class and
Nobility. Some of these were highly regarded and educated.
Industry - colonies for slave labor in mines, military workshops and State industries - these had the hardest lives, and had to spend working in cramped and dangerous conditions.
Gladiators - professional fighters who fought against each other and wild animals, for the entertainment of spectators
Small workshops - making leather or silver goods or pots and pans
- No evidence to show that a slave ever regained his freedom.
- Egyptian slaves were also known to have been executed to accompany their deceased Pharaoh into the afterlife.
- A slave could get their freedom if given it by their owner
- Slaves could raise money and buy their freedom ? but a virtually impossible task while their masters still needed them.
- When a slave escaped the master could pursue the fugitive and ask the authorities for assistance in the recapture of the runaway.
- Ran away slaves were crucified
- Little information has survived related to the marriage of male slaves - no legal union was apparently possible
- Female slaves were taken as concubines or wives of masters, and gave birth to boys who were raised to the status of adopted sons.
Many famous Pharaohs are the children of these couples, such a
Thutmose 3, and Siptah
- Marriage between slaves was possible but enjoyed no protection in law.
- Masters favored the marriage of their slaves, as a form of investment to
acquire more property and sell the children .