Claudia Kassner

Penn Humanities Forum Undergraduate Fellow

20172018 Forum on Afterlives

Claudia Kassner

Chair, Executive Board, Wolf Undergraduate Humanties Forum

Classical Studies, Ancient History

CAS, 2018

Claudia is a Classical Studies (concentrating in Classical Languages and Literature) and Ancient History major. Her primary areas of interest include Greek and Roman mythology and religion, Greek tragedy, gender in ancient literature and cultures, and ancient slavery. During the summers, Claudia has attended programs at the American Schools of Classical Studies in Rome and in Athens, and on campus, Claudia is a member of Seneca International, Discentes, and University Scholars. She has also interned in several departments of the Penn Museum, including a semester in the part-exhibit, part-conservation laboratory In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies. 

ἐλευθέρα εἶμεν καὶ ἀνέφαπτος: An Examination of Life after Slavery in the Manumission Inscriptions at Delphi

Located at the ancient sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi are a collection of manumission inscriptions detailing transactions in which slave owners freed certain slaves, with the god Pythian Apollo acting as intermediary. But how did Greek society reconcile the integration of slaves into free civilization with its established systems and rationalizations surrounding slavery? My project will involve a close reading and consideration of these inscriptions at Delphi, together with texts concerning slavery written around the same period, in order to examine the conceptual framework shaping such inscriptions and to determine how the society that produced them logically and logistically confronted manumission, and also to gain insight into the status and identity freedmen occupied following life in slavery in ancient Greece.