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[776d] to the slave-system of the Heracleotes, and that of the class of Penestae to the Thessalians.1 In view of these and similar instances, what ought we to do about this question of owning servants?2 The point I happened to mention in the course of my argument,—and about which you naturally asked me what I referred to,—was this. We know, of course, that we would all agree that one ought to own slaves that are as docile and good as possible; for in the past many slaves have proved themselves better in every form of excellence than brothers or sons, and have saved their masters and their goods and

1 Cp. Aristot. Pol. 1269a 36. “Penestae” (= serfs) were the old Aeolian inhabitants of Thessaly, subdued by the Heraclid invaders.

2 Cp. Aristot. Pol. 1259b 22 ff.

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