Women and Slaves in Classical Culture examines how ancient societies were organized around slave-holding and the subordination of women to reveal how women and slaves interacted with one another in both the cultural representations and the social realities of the Greco-Roman world.
The contributors explore a broad range of evidence including:
* the mythical constructions of epic and drama
* the love poems of Ovid
* the Greek medical writers
* Augustine's autobiography
* a haunting account of an unnamed Roman slave
* the archaeological remains of a slave mining camp near Athens.
They argue that the distinctions between male and female and servile and free were inextricably connected.
This erudite and well-documented book provokes questions about how we can hope to recapture the experience and subjectivity of ancient women and slaves and addresses the ways in which femaleness and servility interacted with other forms of difference, such as class, gender and status. Women and Slaves in Classical Culture offers a stimulating and frequently controversial insight into the complexities of gender and status in the Greco-Roman world.

chapter 1|21 pages


Differential equations

chapter 2|13 pages

Female Slaves in the Odyssey

chapter 3|21 pages

“I, Whom She Detested So Bitterly”

Slavery and the violent division of women in Aeschylus' Oresteia

chapter 4|13 pages

Slaves with Slaves

Women and class in Euripidean tragedy

chapter 8|21 pages

Women, Slaves, and the Hierarchies of Domestic Violence

The family of St Augustine 1

chapter 9|22 pages

Mastering Corruption

Constructions of identity in Roman oratory

chapter 10|22 pages

Loyal Slaves and Loyal Wives

The crisis of the outsider-within and Roman exemplum literature

chapter 11|19 pages

Servitium Amoris: Amor Servitii

chapter 12|28 pages

Remaining Invisible

The archaeology of the excluded in Classical Athens

chapter 13|15 pages

Cracking the Code of Silence

Athenian legal oratory and the histories of slaves and women

chapter 14|20 pages

Notes on a Membrum Disiectum