Svetlana Slapšak was born on January 18, 1948, in Belgrade, Serbia. As a student at the University of Beograd in the late 1960s she was once beaten by the police because of her work for the outspoken satirical student magazine Frontisterion. She eventually graduated with an MA and PhD in Classical Studies and Linguistics. Writer, translator, editor, professor, and activist Svetlana Slapšak faced physical danger as well as legal troubles for her work advocating for human rights peace in her native Serbia. After her retirement Svetlana engaged in literary work along with writing academic books and articles: essays, novels, travelogues, drama, librettos, and she continued translating from Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Latin, French, English, Slovenian and SCB languages. She published more than 80 books, approx. 500 studies and approx. 3,000 essays.