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Agricultural slaves, namely those w h o cultivated cereals, vines, olives a n d other a r b o r e a l c r o p s , w o r k e d u n d e r c l o s e s u p e r v i s i o n . A c c o r d i n g t o the h a n d b o o k s o n a g r i c u l t u r e , a s a l r e a d y n o t e d , the i d e a l w a s t o h a v e the slaves d e p l o y e d in w o r k g a n g s of 13 to 1 6 p e o p l e . F o r p u r p o s e s o f surveillance a n d security, d u r i n g the night or at t i m e s they w e r e n o t l a b o u r i n g in the fields, the slaves w e r e s h a c k l e d a n d p e n n e d in q u a r t e r s k n o w n a s ergastula, or 'work b a r r a c k s ' .

T h i s l a s t r e p r e s e n t s a very s m a l l a m o u n t of p r o p e r t y i n d e e d , a l m o s t certainly insufficient to m a i n t a i n a n average-sized family, but the effect w a s a n o n g o i n g a t t e m p t t o i n c r e a s e the n u m b e r of citizens that qualified for military service. A Roman praetor or consul was preceded by lictors, each carrying on his left shoulder a ceremonial bundle of bound, wooden rods (fasces) with a single-headed axe (securis) embedded in them.

B e h i n d the a c c e p t a n c e o f c o u r s e lay C r a s s u s ' political rivalry w i t h the s u p r e m e egotist, P o m p e y . C r a s s u s ' first a c t i o n o n t a k i n g c o m m a n d w a s t o revive a n a n c i e n t a n d terrible f o r m o f p u n i s h m e n t t o strike m o r t a l t e r r o r in his s o l d i e r s ' h e a r t s . H e inflicted the fate o f d e c i m a t i o n o n the r e l u c t a n t m e m b e r s o f t w o legions w h o h a d s u r v i v e d a recent h a m m e r i n g b y S p a r t a c u s .

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