University Scholar Claudia Kassner Studies Ancient Inscriptions Documenting Greek God’s Slave ‘Purchases’

If the old adage holds true to “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” University of Pennsylvania senior Claudia Kassner will enjoy a long and happy career studying ancient languages and history. She spent last summer in Greece at the archaeological site of Delphi, a major religious destination in the ancient Greek world, examining the manumission epigraphy, inscriptions that document the act of slave owners freeing their slaves.

As a University Scholar, with research funded by Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, Kassner is studying a collection of inscriptions in the sanctuary of the god Pythian Apollo that record his “purchases” of slaves. The site was a PanHellenic place of worship where the famous Delphic oracle was located.

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