Archaeologists have discovered a room in a mansion just outside Pompeii, containing beds and other objects, which shed light on the living conditions of slaves in the ancient Roman city, which was destroyed after the volcano erupted.
The room, which has been preserved in excellent condition, contains three wooden beds and a number of other objects, including amphorae, ceramic jugs and a night pot.
"This important new discovery enriches our understanding of the daily life of the inhabitants of ancient Pompeii, particularly of a social class about which little is known," said Italy's Culture Minister Dario Franceschini.
Under Roman law, slaves were considered property and were not recognized as legal individuals.
The "slave room" is located near the area where a ceremonial chariot was discovered earlier this year near the stables of an ancient villa at Civita Juliana, 700 meters north of the walls of ancient Pompeii.
Two of the beds were 1.7 meters long, while the third was 1.4 meters, evidence indicating that the room may have been used by a small family of slaves, according to the culture minister.
According to the APE-MPE, the room, 16 square meters, with a small window high up, also served as a storage space, as eight amphorae were found placed in its corners.
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