ROMAN SEMINAR LECTURE
Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University, USA
“Reconsidering the Evidence for Female Athletics in late Hellenistic and Roman Greece”
November 29, 2018, 7 p.m.
The Netherlands Institute at Athens, Library (Makri 11, Athens)
This talk will discuss the epigraphic and literary evidence for women’s membership in palaistrai and gymnasia, as well as their victories in the games of the late Hellenistic and early Roman periods in the Greek world. It will become evident that, in spite of the small number of inscriptions and literary references that survive on the topic, we can accept that athleticism and its venues were not an all-male sphere as previously thought, but one where young women athletes participated in and competed at local and Panhellenic festivals.