"he’d fetch you a fortune in any foreign port where you sold him"
A slave holds his drunken master's forehead as he vomits, red-figure cup
GNU Free Documentation LicenseA slave holds his drunken master's forehead as he vomits, red-figure cup - Credit: Stefano Bolognini/Wikimedia Commons
Slaves in the ancient world could be sourced in a variety of different ways and places, including captives from raids or war, dependents sold into the slave trade, and kidnap and piracy as described in Eumaeus' story.