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Guest Speaker: Helen King (OU)

19th January 2017 @ 16:30 - 18:00

Free

Professor Helen King from the Open University will speak on ‘The material body: what does an ancient womb look like?’ All welcome. Full abstract below.

Part of the Department of Classics and Ancient History seminar series

Abstract: 

The standard view of votive body parts in the ancient Mediterranean is that there are a lot of wombs and breasts because childbirth was an area on which people felt particularly in need of divine assistance. In this paper, I want to question the identification of these votives simply as wombs. I will do this by setting these objects alongside the different ways in which the womb has been represented in two and three dimensions, and in a range of media, up to the present day, and by showing how textual descriptions can usefully be brought into alignment with visual imagery.

Details

Date:
19th January 2017
Time:
16:30 - 18:00
Cost:
Free
Website:
http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/events/details/index.php?event=6603

Organiser

Department of Classics and Ancient History

Venue

Constantine Leventis Teaching Room, Building:One
University of Exeter, 21 St German's Rd
Exeter, Devon EX4 6TG
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