But in Byzantium, they did slavery with style. Had a whole system going that worked pretty good.
“At certain times a 10-year-old child’s price was 10 nomismata, a castrated one of the same age was worth 30. An adult male 20 and an adult eunuch 50 nomismata.”
Seemed like a fair trade.
BUT, interestingly: The Emperor Justinian forbade castration to take place within his domains.
He’s the dude that “Christianized” Byzantium. Brought in greater rights for women and slaves. Outlawed castration, although enforcement is another issue [hence the continued practice] – and this was in the 6th century AD.
Thanks likely to the Empress Theodora, his wife, who was said to be equal or more powerful than her husband, women gained tremendous rights and freedoms in Byzantium, which was the Christianization of the Roman Empire and lasted another 900 years.
So, perfect? No. But better than it had been? Yeah.
Mind you, in my view of history, the stuff that happened in the West post Great Schism wasn’t Christianity but some power play that was sucessful, split off during the Reformation, and the people that are picking up a book and saying, “hey, we’re Christian too!” are disconnected from a historical continuuity.
I also say the same for Muslims at the High Baghdad Abbasids lost their way as well when the caliph became their Pope. That wrecked things for them and it was all downhill. That to me was the start of “the thing inspired by Islam” but wasn’t Islam. But I view history oddly.