Events

“Athenian Ostracism: New Light on an Ancient Practice” by James P. Sickinger

Ostracism was a form of temporary exile that allowed ancient Athenian citizens to vote into temporary exile powerful individuals thought to pose a threat to their democracy. The practice took its name from the potsherds—ostraka—onto which voters scratched the names of those persons they wanted to banish. Excavations in Athens have uncovered thousands of these […]

“Myth-Ing Sound: Exploring Markers of Music in Ancient Athenian Vase Paintings” by Danielle Smotherman Bennett

Hartford, CT

Music features as an important component in a variety of ancient Greek mythological tales, including those portrayed on vases. Athenian vase paintings, however, are a silent medium. This talk demonstrates how images regularly incorporate sound through visual clues inviting viewers to imagine these sensory aspects and how vase painters visually express in different ways music, […]