La Trobe Classics in the City 2019: Myrrhine - Priestess of the people
In the Greek polis, women had few opportunities to participate in official roles or receive public recognition due to their lack of citizen status.
- Thursday 25 July 2019 06:00 pm until Thursday 25 July 2019 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
- Gillian Shepherd
03 9479 2845; email@example.com
- Presented by:
- Keely Heuer
- Type of Event:
- Public Lecture
Although barred from the political sphere, they played a crucial role as sacred servants in both civic and Panhellenic Greek cults, particularly those associated with the worship of female divinities.
Myrrhine was the first priestess of Athena Nike at Athens, and her selection is remarkable because she was chosen by lot as opposed to the more traditional method of inheriting such a position. What opportunities did female participation in state cult provide and how did Myrrhine’s service immortalize her?
Dr Keely Heuer is Assistant Professor of Art History at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her research concentrates on the iconography of Greek vase-painting and the interrelations between Greek settlers and indigenous populations of pre-Roman Italy.
She has lectured on the imagery found on South Italian vases across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to joining SUNY New Paltz, she excavated at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace and was the Bothmer Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She is currently in Australia as the 2019 Art History Alumni Trendall Fellow at La Trobe University.
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