, when they burst the bands of their
own thraldom, carried with them beyond the desert the institution of slavery.
The light that broke from Sinai
scattered the corrupting illusions of polytheism; but slavery planted itself even in the promised land, on the banks of Siloa, near the oracles of God.
The Hebrew father might doom his daughter to bondage; the wife, and children, and posterity of the emancipated slave, remained the property of the master and his heirs; and if a slave, though mortally wounded by his master, did but languish of his wounds for a day, the owner escaped with impunity; for the slave was his master's money.
It is even probable, that, at a later period, a man's family might be sold for the payment of debts.1
The countries that bordered on Palestine
were equally familiar with domestic servitude; and, like Babylon
also, the oldest and most famous commercial city of Phenicia
, was a market ‘for the persons of men.’2
of the desert had already established slavery throughout the plains and forests of the unknown north.
Old as are the traditions of Greece
, the existence of slavery is older.
The wrath of Achilles
grew out of a quarrel for a slave; the Grecian
dames had crowds of servile attendants; the heroes before Troy
made excursions into the neighboring villages and towns to enslave the inhabitants.
pirates, roving, like the corsairs of Barbary
, in quest of men, laid the foundations of Greek
commerce; each commercial town was a slave-mart; and every cottage near the sea-side was in danger from the