Ancient Athens’ society was divided into three social classes:
1) The Citizens They were those men and women born in Athens older than seventeen years of age and had to be of Greek Ionian descent.
2) The Metics, who were all free foreign residents born in the Attic penninsula, but of Greek descent, and also former slaves who had gained their freedom for service to the State. Although they lacked political rights, they were free and had the right to private property, being merchants and manufacturers most of them.
3) The slaves, who were prisoners of war most of them. In Athens, the slaves received a benign treatment, compared to other ancient civilizations’s slaves, and many of them served the magistrates and the State.