Servile Ethnics and Metic Ethnics

P. M. Fraser

in Greek Ethnic Terminology

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264287
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753978 | DOI:

Series: Lexicon of Greek Personal Names

Servile Ethnics and Metic Ethnics

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This chapter discusses servile and metic ethnics. Slavery was a normal part of Greek life from the earliest known date. In the Homeric poems, slaves, if more often a serf or a praedial worker than a member of a household, figure prominently, a native δο?λος at times shown in a trusted role as servant or worker. Greek cities recognised the status of the metic, the permanent or long-term, tax-liable, foreign resident, in different ways, at least as far as concerned the forms of legal identification required. Although the duties and privileges attaching to the status might vary, one restriction was general and absolute: no metic might employ the unadulterated ethnic of the host-city for identification.

Keywords: slaves; servile ethnics; metic ethnics; legal identification; foreign residents

Chapter.  6902 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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