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...opher and statesman as well as advisor to the emperor Nero believed in treating slaves with dignity. Seneca believed in using verbal punishments in place of the whip to make it easier for them to learn their mistakes without being paralyzed by fear. To the slave owners who said they are just slaves Seneca answered that slaves “are human beings (homines), housemates (contubernales), humble friends (humiles amici), and ultimately fellow slaves (conserve) .” He believed every man was a slave to something such as lust, greed, ambition, and fear. Seneca also believed that a slave owner should invite even the lowliest slave to the table if they were hard working. However, Seneca saw slaves as inferiors, like all owners, who would never be able to rise above the level of a humble friend. For the slaves who were owned by owners like Seneca their lives could be fairly decent.
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