Hi there. I'm writing a story that is loosely based off of The Odyssey and set in a land that is based off of Classical Greece. I felt that I couldn't do justice to the setting if I omitted slaves from the story. I made the rather controversial decision to make all of the main characters (both protagonists and antagonists) slave owners because of the classical Greek setting. The story follows a woman named Glykeria, who, while on some sort of diplomatic/military mission, gets separated from her beloved husband and daughter. Her husband's name is Penn (a play off of Penelope). Her daughter's name is Corinna. The story follows Glykeria's attempts to get home. It also closely follows the lives of Penn and Corinna at home. Other key characters include Persephone, Corinna's cousin, and Diokles, a mute slave boy who learns to read/write and becomes Corinna's closest friend. Diokles, Corinna, and Persephone might eventually get their own book. Because we will be spending a lot of time in Penn's home for part of the book we will also get to know some of the other domestic slaves and even a few of the agricultural slaves. Penn is also disabled, and struggles with a disease of unknown origin that saps his strength, nearly robs him of his ability to walk, and makes physical labor very difficult, so the family definitely has domestic slave labor. Penn's family is also from the upper crust so having servants or slaves is to be expected. There will be numerous interactions with household slaves, especially Diokles, throughout the book. I do not want to give away too much, but Diokles is also the key to an important plot point. I have a few questions for the forum members: 1. Have you ever written a character that owned slaves? 2. If you read a book that had a slave owner for a main character, would that fact impede your ability to sympathize or empathize with the character? 3. If you have written with a slave owning character, how did you choose to portray the relationship between the owner and the slaves? Did you portray the relationship in a positive light, a negative light, or was it seen as a mixed bag? 4. How can I incorporate this into his/their character development? Side-note: I know that Penn isn't a Greek name. Therefore, this name might just be a placeholder unless I cannot come up with something better.