Society of Scholars
The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress.
2021 - 2022 Society of Scholars
2021 - 2022 Society of Scholars Fellow
Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld (they/them/theirs)
‘Someone Get a Whip!’ Enslaved Women and Violence in Athenian Oratory, Comedy and Curses
This dissertation examines violence against enslaved women in Classical Athens. Because work on Greco-Roman slavery prioritizes enslaved men, and work on gender issues examines citizen women, enslaved women continue to be omitted from scholarly analysis. I focus on the people at the intersection of these identities, using court cases, comedies and curse tablets to investigate the abuse that enslaved women suffered at the hands of their citizen male captors. I argue that enslaved women experienced significant violence in their daily interactions and that studies which do not highlight this reality risk further silencing their histories.