Emily Hulme Kozey

Seymour Reader in Ancient History and Philosophy
Ormond College/The University of Melbourne


Professional Soul-Searching: Plato, Republic 5.454d1-3

Plato’s defense of the inclusion of women in the guardian class of the Republic is one of the most celebrated arguments in ancient philosophy. Two recent editions of the Republic have cast a dagger of doubt into a crucial line of the passage. There are philological reasons for this, and moreover scholars for over a hundred years have worried that the text as transmitted in the majority of manuscripts would have Plato making a circular argument. I show that the philological doubts are misplaced and that it is possible to read the line of thought as an inductive/epagogic argument and thereby avoid the charge of circularity.

Slavery in the Oracular Lamellae from Dodona

A surprising number of tablets from the newly published volumes of Dakaris, Vokotopoulou, and Christidis are written about or by enslaved men and women. The latter is a particularly precious resource since so few texts from antiquity are written by non-free persons. Linda McNulty Perez and I are working on translating all the relevant tablets into English and analyzing them from the standpoint of language (e.g., what terms are used by and for slaves in different contexts). We hope to then ask how this unique source might complement contemporary accounts of ancient slavery.

An oracular lamella. Here, an enslaved woman named Razia asks if she will be set free before her master’s death. DVC 73. Photo: Emily Hulme Kozey.