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Guest Speaker: Helen King (OU)

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


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


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.


19th January 2017
16:30 - 18:00


Department of Classics and Ancient History


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