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Slavery, The Bible and Philosophy “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 11th, 2012 · No Comments · History, Human Rights, Morality, Philosophy, Religion

The loftiest thinkers, idealists, and moralists never had an idea that slavery was evil. In the Old Testament it is accepted without comment exactly as in the records of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Even the prophets of Israel did not utter a word against it, nor, for that matter, did St. Paul. What is strange is not that the Greeks took slavery for granted through hundreds of years, but that finally they began to think about it and question it. To Euripides the glory belongs of being the first to condemn it. “Slavery,” he wrote: That thing of evil, by its nature evil, Forcing submission from a man to what No man should yield to.”

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