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As in agriculture, they were used for labour that was beyond the capability of the family.The slave population was greatest in workshops: the shield factory of Lysias employed 120 slaves, Slaves were also employed in the home.

This was one of the most prized investments for Athenians.Slavery becomes prevalent at the very moment when Solon establishes the basis for Athenian democracy.Classical scholar Moses Finley likewise remarks that Chios, which, according to Theopompus, was the first city to organize a slave trade, also enjoyed an early democratic process (in the 6th century BC).It is difficult to estimate the number of slaves in ancient Greece, given the lack of a precise census and variations in definitions during that era.It is certain that Athens had the largest slave population, with as many as 80,000 in the 6th and 5th centuries BC, on average three or four slaves per household.