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1Name:  Dr. Sarah B. Pomeroy
 Institution:  City University of New York
 Year Elected:  2014
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  404a
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1938
Sarah Pomeroy received a Ph.D. at Columbia University. She then studied Roman law at Columbia for two years. She joined the faculty of Hunter College and the Graduate Center at City University of New York in 1964 and in 2003 she became Distinguished Professor of Classics and History Emerita. Sarah Pomeroy has set her mark on the history of women, as the leading scholar of ancient Greek women’s history since the publication in 1975 of her ground-breaking book Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity. Her law degree and knowledge of papyrology have given her special access to under-used categories of primary evidence and allowed her to expand the range of women’s history, as well as ancient history. Her book Spartan Women was the first book-length examination of Spartan women ever published. In Women in Hellenistic Egypt, The Murder of Regilla: A Case of Domestic Violence in Antiquity, and in the recent Pythagorean Women, she uses archaeological evidence to flesh out the small bits of literary references available. The study of ancient history has benefited from her work through the widely used textbooks on ancient history on which she has collaborated with colleagues from different areas. She is also the author of Women in Hellenistic Egypt: From Alexander to Cleopatra (1990), Women’s History and Ancient History (1991), Xenophon’s Oeconomicus: A Social and Historical Commentary (1995), and Families in Classical and Hellenistic Greece: Representations and Realities (1999). Her book (with J. Kathirithamby) Mari Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer, won the 2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Gold Medal in the Non-Fiction Chapter Book category. Sarah Pomeroy was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2014.
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