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Pomeroy, Sarah B. (1938–) - Ancient History

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Sarah B. Pomeroy was born on March 13, 1938, in New York City. Her mother, a teacher, and her father, a businessman, were both of Eastern European ancestry. Pomeroy attended the Birch Wathen School. She remembers visiting museums as a child, and these experiences, combined with a gift for investigating and writing, encouraged her to pursue a career as a historian.

Pomeroy attended Barnard College, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1957. She then attended Columbia University for graduate school, earning a master’s degree in 1959 and a Ph.D. in 1961. Pomeroy also studied Roman law at Columbia University from 1962 to 1963. Her first academic appointment was at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was instructor in classics from 1961 to 1962. From 1964 to 1965 she was lecturer in classics at Hunter College. From 1967 to 1968 she was lecturer in classics at Brooklyn College. Since 1968 Pomeroy has been back at Hunter College and at the Graduate Center at the City University, where she has earned the rank of professor of classics. She has also held visiting positions at Vassar College and Columbia University.

The author or editor of six books and the author of thirty scholarly articles, Pomeroy’s areas of interest include the family in classical antiquity, Greek literature, and papyrology. One of her recent publications, the co-authored work Women in the Classical World: Image and Text , was a 1995 selection of the History Book Club. Her first book, Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity , was published in 1975, reissued in 1994, and translated into Italian, German, and Spanish. She is currently working on three additional books, two of which, The Family in Classical and Hellenistic Greece and Ancient Greece , are under contract with Oxford University Press.

A 1995 recipient of a City University President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Pomeroy has also received grants, awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Numismatic Society.

Sarah Pomeroy has provided a great deal of service to the profession. She is currently associate editor of the Journal of Women’s History and has served on the board of advisors for Women and History and American Journal of Philology . She has been an outside reader for over a dozen journals, including American Historical Review, American Journal of Ancient History , and American Journal of Archaeology . Pomeroy has also served on the boards of directors for the American Philological Association and the American Society of Papyrologists.

Pomeroy’s spouse is Lee Harris Pomeroy, an architect. They have three children: Jordana Pomeroy, an art historian; Jeremy Pomeroy, a lawyer; and Alexandra Pomeroy, a documentary film maker. Pomeroy is also a grandmother of two. Among her hobbies are music, cooking, reading, and swimming.

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