How to fight and die like a Greek woman

Posted by ap507 at Nov 11, 2016 11:13 AM |
University of Leicester free public lecture to explore depictions of ancient Greek women in combat on Tuesday 15 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 November 2016

An image depicting a Greek woman in combat is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/11viu4d6i6lnuji/AACr_xKQnsgIoKUyvZfBTWqva?dl=0

Ancient Greek depictions of female fighters will be explored at a free public lecture at the University of Leicester on Tuesday 15 November.

The lecture, ‘Falling with Style: How to Fight and Die like a Greek Woman’, which will be delivered by Dr Jane Masséglia from the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, investigates the mythology and reality of women in combat in ancient Greece.

Drawing on art, literature and inscriptions, the lecture will ask what we can learn about the Greeks from their depictions of female fighters and violent deaths.

Dr Masséglia said: “Not all Greek men were warlike, and not all Greek women were passive. We have lots of stories about women, both real and fictional, who fought, killed and died for a cause. Some of them are inspiring, and others are terrifying – but I think it’s good to be reminded that not all ancient Greek women were the same.”

The talk is the 16th lecture in the annual Dorothy Buchan Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Leicester.

Mrs Dorothy Buchan (1931–2000) was head of Leicester High School for Girls. After her retirement she studied Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Leicester, culminating in her 1995 BA dissertation 'Women of power or counters of value? A study of four hellenistic queens'.

After her untimely passing, her family, friends, and colleagues contributed generously to a fund in her memory, which supports an annual lecture and an Ancient History dissertation prize also named after Mrs Buchan.

The free public lecture takes place on Tuesday 15 November at 5.30pm in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3 at the University of Leicester. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History between 6:30-7:30pm.

More information about the lecture is available here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/news-and-events/dept-news/the-14th-dorothy-buchan-memorial-lecture-2018cicero-and-the-greeks2019/

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Notes to editors:

For more information contact the School of Archaeology & Ancient History on email arch-anchist@le.ac.uk or Dr Jane Masséglia on jeam2@le.ac.uk

About the Dorothy Buchan Memorial Lectures at the University of Leicester:

Mrs Dorothy Buchan (1931–2000) was head of Leicester High School for Girls. After her retirement she studied Ancient History and Archaeology in the School, culminating in her 1995 BA dissertation 'Women of power or counters of value? A study of four hellenistic queens'. She also served for several years as Treasurer of the Leicestershire (now Leicestershire & Rutland) branch of the Classical Association.

After her untimely passing, her family, friends, and colleagues contributed generously to a fund in her memory, which supports an annual lecture and (from 2011) an Ancient History dissertation prize also named after Mrs Buchan.

The University, and the School of Archaeology & Ancient History, would like to place on record their gratitude to those who have donated to the fund, in particular Dorothy's sister, the late Margaret Mary Macrae, whose generous bequest in 2012 allowed us to create the Dorothy Buchan Travel Bursary for students.

The annual lecture, on a topic that would (we hope!) have interested Dorothy Buchan, takes place on a Tuesday in the autumn term—always in the late afternoon, to facilitate attendance by groups from local schools.

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