Ancient Greeks Lecture Series

Join Dr Maxine Lewis, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, as she explores how Ancient Greek women experienced warfare in legend and in reality.

Dr Maxine Lewis, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland
Ancient Greeks Lecture Series

Behind the scenes: The roles of women in ancient Greek warfare

Dr Maxine Lewis, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland

SUN 21 AUG, 2PM
AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2
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When we think of Greek warfare, we might think of muscular, masculine heroes with supernatural strength, or a troop of well-trained (male) soldiers working as one. But what of Greek women? Did they fight? How did war impact on them? What did they think about the many wars and conflicts that shaped their own lives, yet that they rarely got to wage themselves? This talk explores women's experiences of warfare as well as their perceptions of them. We will range from mythical to historical battles, from legendary to real women, and from epics to plays to poems, to fill in this part of the picture of the ancient Greek world.

About Dr Maxine Lewis

Dr Maxine Lewis is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. Maxine researches ancient Greek and Latin poetry, and has a special interest in the study of men's and women's roles in both ancient Greece and Rome. She has published on a range of topics relating to gender and sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome.

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