Women in Prehistoric Greece

Women in Prehistoric Greece

John G. Younger (Classics, University of Kansas)
Friday, January 21 / 4:00 PM
HSSB 4041

Professor Younger’s talk examines the lives of girls and women in the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures of the prehistoric Aegean (ca. 3000-1000 BCE). Testing modern assumptions and expectations against the archaeological, iconographic, and textual evidence leads to some surprising conclusions.  While Minoan-Mycenaean society was probably sex-segregated — Minoan perhaps more so than Mycenaean — there is almost no evidence for love, intimacy, sex, or marriage, but there is good evidence for women participants in some athletic events and the hunt.
John Younger is Professor of Classics and Director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at the University of Kansas.

Sponsored by the IHC’s Ancient Borderlands RFG and the Ancient Mediterranean Studies program.
Website: http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/research/borderlands.html