The following is a writing sample taken from the first 15 pages of chapter 2 from my dissertation, “Reading 1 Corinthians with Philosophically Educated Women.”  In this chapter, I set up my argument for the presence of philosophically educated women in first century Corinth by placing these women in the broader context of Greek and Roman education.  Philosophy was not the only discipline that women learned: primarily medicine, writing, and poetry, and secondarily dance, athletics, oratory, and music. An important pattern emerges from this evidence: (1) education of women is typically acquired in a household setting and (2) these women are almost always associated with a wealthy family.

Nathan Barnes Writing Sample