Jean-Léon Gérôme, Selling Slaves in Rome, 1884.

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Hiram Power’s [The Greek Slave]( is set in a similar context. Powers wrote “The Slave has been taken from one of the Greek Islands by the Turks, in the time of the Greek revolution … Her father and mother, and perhaps all her kindred, have been destroyed by her foes, and she alone preserved as a treasure too valuable to be thrown away. She is now among barbarian strangers, under the pressure of a full recollection of the calamitous events which have brought her to her present state; and she stands exposed to the gaze of the people she abhors, and awaits her fate with intense anxiety, tempered indeed by the support of her reliance upon the goodness of God. Gather all these afflictions together, and add to them the fortitude and resignation of a Christian, and no room will be left for shame.” Knowing that this kind of thing happened only makes me feel disgusting though.

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