Dave...shocking as this may sound, archaeology relies on evidence based methodologies, not pure speculation by "armchair fantasizers."
Science has shown, again and again, that personal introspection does not produce facts. You're stuck in this mode and, for reasons of insecurity, dislike the people who actually use methodologies to produce knowledge.
hahahaha, dude, there's no emotion except laughter in my above. It's honestly shocking how ignorant you are.<quoted text>
You are emotional and irrational tonight. More so than usual.
Slaves usually require security to prevent escape, particularly if they look like their masters. That adds a lot of overhead to a budget.
Conscripts and contractors don't. The law catches up with them if they default.
You don't have a very good understanding of how people live together in civilizations. Old and new. Too much stereotyping from reading too many books in lieu of actually thinking.
Ask draftees if they considered they were slaves. They worked right along with the contracted. The government "owned" both of them.
You are blinded by your own ignorance. You don't know anything outside of Dave's life and you presume it upon peoples from thousands of years ago in your fantasies. Sorry, baby, the world doesn't work like that.