Ancient Greece at Work: An Economic History of Greece from by Gustave Glotz

By Gustave Glotz

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There is only one class of hired people who can attain a condition which, though still humble, is tolerable-the female servants in a great house. It is true that they are not distinguished from the slaves. But they are spared the most fatiguing tasks. They regard themselves as members of the family. Those who are called by their own name and their father' s are women of honourable birth who deserve consideration. Nausicaa sings and plays with her women. In the palaces a female housekeeper is placed at the head of the other servant-women in a position of trust ; but such situations are rare.

He is both master, since he deals with the customer without any middleman, and workman, since he lives on wages. Occasionally several workers may combine for a task, but they never form a permanent gang under the orders of a head who pays them ; their employer is the conSUIDer of their collective production. There is not even a contractor who undertakes to recruit labour. To build his house Paris collects the tektones whom he considers the best. One does the same if one needs a boat, if one does not build it all alone.

All these men were free, but they had hard work to defend their existence. Without a hearth one did not count as a citizen, and one had no rights. The stranger above all was destitute of any recourse against the gravest offences or the cruellest treatment, for he had not the ",/'1lue of a man. How were they to live, then ? " Your cursed belly gives you sore trouble when you roam, a prey to hardship and suffering. " For many the ordinary resource was mendi­ cancy. How many of these vagrants we see passing through the Odyssey, wan, lean, famished, and dirty !

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