The polygonal terrace wall at the back, on being cleared, proves to be covered with inscriptions, most of them concerning the manumission of slaves.
The third manumission thus gave to the son and slave his freedom.
A new process of manumission was now established, to be performed in the churches through the intervention of the ministers of religion; and it was provided that clerics could at any time by mere expression of will liberate their slaves.
By manumission the Athenian slave became in relation to the state a metic, in relation to his master a client.
During the reign of Coloman, moreover, the number of freemen was increased by the frequent manumission of serfs.
This extra-legal sort of manumission was incomplete and precarious; even after the lex Junia Norbana (A.D.