"she had been brought by ship from Aperaea years ago and selected as a prize for Alcinous"

Drawing of a Greek Slave, Hiram Power
Public DomainDrawing of a Greek Slave, Hiram Power - Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The ancient Greeks used, bought and traded slaves. They saw this as a perfectly normal and acceptable way of life. Many of the servile characters mentioned in The Odyssey are in fact slaves.