Kelly L Wrenhaven, Ph.D.
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: History
 Office: RT 1325
 Phone: 216-687-3927
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1325, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
slavery,slaves,barbarian,ethnicity,ethnocentrism,ancient Greece,ancient Rome,democracy,Athens,epigraphy,ideology,ancient art,comedy,Greek,Latin,race,racism,democracy,freedom
Ph.D., Classics and Ancient History, University of St Andrews
MPhil, Ancient History, University of Cambridge
M.A., Classics, University of British Columbia
B.A., Classical Studies, University of British Columbia
Brief Bio:
Kelly Wrenhaven is Associate Professor of Classics and the Director of the Minor in Classical Studies. Her research interests include ancient Greek slavery; epigraphy, especially manumission documents; the construction of civic and cultural identity through opposition; perceptions of the body, especially ancient ideas about beauty and ugliness and perceived differences between slave and free, barbarian and Greek bodies; how language can be used to construct identity; the use of evidential torture in Greek law courts; ancient sepulchral inscriptions and relief sculpture, with a concentration upon how status was illustrated; depictions of courtesans in art and literature and, more broadly, ancient ideas about prostitution and sexuality.

Her first book, Reconstructing the Slave (Bristol Classical Press, 2012), examines how the Greeks used literary, lexical, and artistic images of slaves to justify, naturalize, and perpetuate the institution of slavery in Classical Greece. Professor Wrenhaven is currently working on her second book, which is a comparative study of themes in Greek and American slavery.
Research Interests:

Reconstructing the Slave: the image of the slave in ancient Greece (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014; Bristol Classical Press, 2012)

Animate Tools and Invisible Men: Themes in Classical and American Slavery (Penn Press; in progress)


"The Identity of the Wool-Workers in the Attic Manumissions", Hesperia 78.3: 367-386 (2009)

"Greek Representations of the Slave Body: A Conflict of Ideas?" Reading Ancient Slavery, eds. Richard Alston, Edith Hall, and Laura Proffitt (Bristol Classical Press, 2011)

"A Comedy of Errors: The Comic Slave in Greek Art," Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama, eds. Robert Tordoff and Ben Akrigg (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

"Barbarians at the Gate: foreign slaves in Greek city-states," Electryone 1 (University of the Aegean, January 2013)

"Slaves," A Companion to Ancient Education, ed. W. Martin Bloomer (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)

"Slaves in Greek Literature and Art," Actual Archaeology Anatolia (Istanbul, Turkey, 2017)


Contributor to the Oxford Classical Dictionary, Oxford University Press (in progress)

"Phialai Exeleutherikai," Wiley-Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Ancient History, eds. Roger Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige Champion, Andrew Erskine, Sabine Hübner (2012)


Rev. of Forsdyke, Slaves Tell Tales. Princeton, 2012. Journal of Hellenic Studies 134 (2014)

Rev. of Andreu and Descat, The Slave in Greece and Rome. Wisconsin 2011. New England Classical Journal

Rev. of Worman, N. Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens. Cambridge 2008. Classical Review 60.2 (May 2010, Cambridge University Press)

Rev. of Loren J. Samons II (ed.) Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles. Cambridge 2007. BMCR 2007.06.50

Rev. of Lynette G. Mitchell, Panhellenism and the Barbarian in Archaic and Classical Greece. Swansea 2007.  BMCR 2008.05.22
Teaching Areas:
Ancient History
Classical Civilization
Greek Literature and Drama
Professional Affiliations:
Archaeological Institute of America
Professional Experience:
2013--------: Associate Professor of Classics, Cleveland State University
2008-2013: Assistant Professor of Classics, Cleveland State University
2006-2008: Lecturer in Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria
2005-2006: Lecturer in Greek History, Trinity College Dublin
2003-2005: Assistant to the Review Editor (C.J. Smith) of the Journal of Roman Studies
2002-2005: Tutor in Latin, Ancient History, and Classical Studies, University of St Andrews
University Service:
CLASS Budget and Finance Committee: 2016-
Faculty Senate Budget and Finance Committee: 2015-
Curriculum Committee, WLLC, 2013-15
Director of the Minor in Classical Studies: 2014-
eLearning Committee, CLASS representative (Cleveland State University): 2013-
Budget and Planning Committee (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences): 2012-2014
Academic Standards Committee (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences): 2010-2012
University Graduate Faculty: 2008-
Program Committee, Department of Modern Languages: 2008-2012
Classical and Medieval Studies (CLAM) Committee: 2008-
Library Liaison, Department of Modern Languages: 2009-2012
Professional Service:
Member of the Editorial Committee for the journal "Electryone"
Reviewer for Wiley-Blackwell
Reviewer for "Historia"
Reviewer for "Cultural Encounters, Conflicts, and Resolutions"
Research Grants:
2015, Faculty Scholarship Initiative Grant, CSU