Friday, December 19, 2008

Women, women

One more reason to go to New York - before May 9th.

The reviewer of the exhibit about women in Ancient Greece at the Onassis Cultural Center does seem to conflate woman-as-goddess and the actual role of women in the polis. I wonder if the actual exhibit does the same? Though based on the name, "Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens," it seems as if it might.

On a somewhat related note, I saw a paper at the November conference in Calgary which identified women in Greek vases based on their headdresses. According to the author of the paper, a certain type of scarf/headdress always indicates that the woman portrayed is a prostitute. Cool!

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