- Not to fuel a fire, but I really was interested in the etymology, and
believe it or not, this very discussion is taking place over on
soc.history.medieval right now (see the thread titled: Re: Slav and
Slave (Was RE: Wars between France and Spain)). I've taken the liberty
of forwarding one of the posts in its entirety; I found it interesting.
**FORWARDED from soc.history.medieval**
> In article <7mcj5f$kj9$1@...>,
> isma@... wrote:
> > BTW, Fletcher, affirms in his book "El Cid" that the word "Slave" (and its
> > equivalents in French & Spanish) comes from the Latin word for "Slav"
> > (Sclavus).
> > He also speaks about an active slave trade between Central Europe and Muslim
> > Spain (via Prague and Verdoun) during IX-XI centuries. Most of the slaves
> > were bought to join the Army (about 50,000 men in the times of Al-Mansur) and
> > the bureaucracy.
> > Ismael
> The following is a copy of my recent post on the subject in
> It is my understanding that the word used in classical Rome was "servus". The
> expression "sclavus" came into usage later in the middle ages, when captive
> Slavs were used as slaves by the Germanic peoples. It is interesting to know
> that a great deal of those slaves were actually captured by other Slaves in
> the inter-tribe Slavic unification wars. They were used as slaves locally,
> and surplus was sold to foreign traders. I read is somewhere that the slave
> market of Prague was actually the economic basis for the creation of the
> Bohemian state. Those who are offended by this should realize that the
> Slavs undoubtedly used Germanic captives as slaves. The only difference was
> that the Germans managed to get the expression into common usage. -- Radek
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