Giza Slavery Dbq

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Slaves did help build the Great Pyramid at Giza, as shown in evidence from Document B, Document C, and most importantly Document E. First, the definition of slave as used in this essay is a human who is compelled against their will to work for their master, without pay except shelter and food. These slaves were often prisoners of war and were viewed as less than everyone else. First and foremost, Document B has provided important evidence to support this theory. It stated, “ One hundred thousand lash-driven men poured out their sweat and blood for twenty years to complete this resting place…”. This is an important piece of evidence for these reasons, first, as I stated earlier slaves were viewed as less than everyone else and therefore were …show more content…
First, it stated, “So a certain proportion (maybe only 25%?) of the workers were of a high status”. This shows that around 75% of the people who worked on the pyramid were either slaves or peasants. That’s over 750,000 people, and they can’t possibly all be peasants, therefore slaves must have built the pyramids. In fact, it stated, “Given the prevalence of slavery in the powerful nations of the ancient world, it would be surprising if there weren’t a specific number.”, which further proves the theory. Secondly, the text stated (referring to slaves), “But since they are not often honored with tombs they can be hard to trace”. This is an incredibly important piece of information, one of the main arguments to prove that slaves did not build the pyramids, is that they found honorable, and respectable tombs of people that have built the pyramids and have yet to find and tombs not as honorable made for slaves. This however is nonsense, obviously not everyone who built the pyramids at Giza were buried in the manner of an honorable Egyptian, as I mentioned before slaves who were working on this project could have been thrown in the river or just been put in a hole in the ground. This article even addresses the fact that not many other sources acknowledge this, “No one bothers to tell us… how many tombs specifically belonging to workers have been found and what proportion of the workforce they represent.” In conclusion, that is why, according to Document B, Document C, and Document E, there is no question that, slaves helped in the long, and painful 20 year building of The Great Pyramids Of