Progress is a great thing. You wouldn’t know it from looking at the news, but we are living in the most peaceful age humans have ever lived in. Some of the best things that progress has given us is:
Thanks to those advances we have longer life spans, women and minorities have more freedom and equal rights, and technology has made life in general a lot easier. As an effect of each advancement, human suffering has decreased considerably and we can applaud progression for it.
No one doubts that people struggled more in the past, it's a facet of history. People just don’t realize how much humanity has suffered, and some people suffered as part of their job. After reading about these 10 jobs in Ancient Greece and Rome, flipping burgers won’t seem so bad.
1/ Nomenclator: Thanks to our iPhones and various other smartphone devices, we never have to commit a phone number to memory ever again. We have all woken up after a night of indulging and either had names and numbers on our phone that we don’t remember, or messages from people we don’t know.
Well, the Ancient Romans liked to party as much as any age of human civilization. Unlike us though, they didn't have a phone to carry around in order to retain the information of people that they met. What they DID have was slaves. When a slave was given the role of nomenclator, they would follow their bosses around and commit people’s names and information. They were basically a living breathing phone and address book. Doesn’t it sound fun to be the sober one at a party and remember random people’s names and numbers?
2/ Slaver: Now, we mentioned that we have made huge social and cultural advances especially since the time of ancient Rome and Greece, so keep all of these jobs in the context that they belong to because the next one is a controversial one. Ancient Greece and Rome both had slaves, so of course they had to have people who sell them.
A slaver didn't only sell slaves, but also procured them. Young boys were in high demand so they would often buy son’s off of poor parents and then sell them off for a profit. Even at that time it was controversial practice, and slavers were often killed by people who deemed them unethical.
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