Serfs in Roman society

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Thesis Statement- Although as a low class, serfs played a big part in the Roman society.

'I should rather labor as anothers serf, in the home of a man without fortune, one whose livelihood was meager than rule all the departed dead' is basically how people feel of being a serf. That is of how that man who quote that felt. But some would rather have serfs like in Alfred Bunn's quote 'I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls, with vassels and serfs at my side'

As you may tell serfs is not something you want to be. As a young child you are not given the choice of what you are and what you'll be especially in the middle ages. You were born with luck or no luck, but it would always be your choice to earn another place in society, but usually, once a serf always a serf.

A serf is a member of the class of peasants who were bound to the land of their lord. Serfs contained a position between slaves and independent freeman like peasants and merchants. The higher people include peasants, merchants, priests, squires, knights, bishops, lords and ladies, and royalties like Kings and Queens.

But like in my thesis statement, although low class they are considered the backbone of society. You see, if they stopped working on the governments land and stopped producing the foods, then the government would have no food and the common people would have no food. Therefore complete chaos, the government could never run without food and since people would look elsewhere for food they would have little control over the people.

Serfs unlike slaves could not be sold, but only transferred with the property that he is attached to. Serfs could not marry either,