The seed that grew into my master’s topic was sewn during the third year of my undergraduate degree. I had the pleasure of taking a course on ancient Greek warfare. While I greatly enjoyed the course, I was nagged by one question as I learned about those “great” men whose lives and deaths shaped Western history so irrevocably: where were the women?
I consequently began a three year period of research on war, violence, and gender in antiquity to better understand this omission. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to pursue this line of inquiry for many reasons, including the perspective it has granted me on violence and gender today and in the past.