Gor versus earth - Part 29

  • Tal dear reader,

    In this 29th "Gor versus earth" we continue our discourse about official papers, this time the manumission papers.

    Manumission, or enfranchisement, is the act of an owner freeing his or her slaves.

    Slavery was a common practice in ancient Greece, as in other societies of the time. Some Ancient Greek writers (including, most notably, Aristotle) considered slavery natural and even necessary.

    Freed slaves in the ancient Greek world usually held the legal status of foreigners or non-citizen residents. The Greek states adopted various means to control social distinctions, and in many cases actively engaged in the process of manumission and its publication.

    Under Roman law, a slave had no personhood and was protected under law mainly as his or her master's property. In Ancient Rome, a slave who had been manumitted was a libertus (feminine liberta) and a citizen.

    African slaves were freed in the North American colonies as early as the 17th century. Some, such as Anthony Johnson, went on to become landowners and slaveholders themselves in the colonies. Slaves could sometimes arrange manumission by agreeing to "purchase themselves" by paying the master an agreed amount. Some masters demanded market rates; others set a lower amount in consideration of service.

    On Gor :

    "And these papers," I said, "are pertinent to you. They are all in order. I had Tolnar and Venlisius prepare them, before they left."
    "Papers, Master?" he asked.
    "You can read?" I asked.
    "Yes, Master," he said.
    "Do not call me 'Master'," I said.
    "Master?" he asked.
    "The papers are papers of manumission," I said. "I am no longer your master. You no longer have a master."
    "Manumission?" he asked.
    "You are free," I told him."
    Magicians of Gor, Page 460

    "I can have you manumitted," he said. "We can see a praetor tomorrow. I can buy you slippers, veils, robes, suitable raiment."
    Plunder of Gor, Page 667

    Although there is a saying on Gor that only fools free female slaves, it is not unusual for a master to free one of his slave girls in order that she may share the full privileges of free companionship. And if she had pierced ears her papers best be in perfect order.

    "It seems she thereafter, because of her embarrassment, would never see the warrior and he, at last, impatient and desiring her, carried her off as a slave girl, and returned to the city months later with her as his Free Companion."
    Priest-Kings of Gor, Page 46

    "A girl with pierced ears is, of course, either a slave or a former slave. If she is a former slave, her papers of manumission had best be in perfect order. More than one freed woman, because of pierced ears, has found herself again on the block, again reduced by strong men to the helpless state of bondage."
    Slave Girl of Gor, Pages 97 - 98

    I wish you well,