Etymology of Slave

The classification and stigma of slavery is referred to in medieval Latin as sclavus, in relation to the Byzantine Greek sklábos, being a derivation of sklabēnós, which translates as ‘Slavic’, originally as a self-reference for the Slavic people, as slovĕninŭ, who were geographically located mostly in Eastern Europe, and who suffered the abuse of the Spanish Muslim community in the ninth century.

On the other hand, there is a correlation reflected by the Latin term servis, interpreted as a ‘servant’, used by the upper class of ancient Rome, describing slaves as property giving up their rights and belonging to their respective master and lord. From the development of feudalism, the servant took on certain titles, however this would work as a way to preserve the submission and deprivation of freedom in a politically correct way, even establishing the idea that they worked for the land, to hide and protect the employer.

Servitude, on the other hand, is appreciated in the Latin servitūdo, which eventually, would be adopted to refer to people who perform domestic chores within a residence. Even in the religious sense it is combined to manifest the phrase ‘servant of God‘, to present an absolute devotion and dedication.

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