Page duBois, a classicist known for her daring and originality, turns in this book to one of the most troubling subjects in the study of antiquity: the indispensability of slaves in ancient Greece. DuBois here explores both the material culture of slavery as well as its representation in literature. Specifically, she considers the place of slaves in Plato's "Meno", Aristotle's "Politics", Aesop's "Fables", Aristophanes' "Wasps", and Euripides' "Orestes". She contends throughout that portraying the difference between slave and free as natural was pivotal to Greek concepts of selfhood and political freedom.
Page duBois is professor of classics and comparative literature at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of six previous books, including, most recently Sappho Is Burning, published by the University of Chicago Press, and Trojan Horses: Saving the Classics from Conservatives.