Christopher A. Faraone (University of Chicago): Women and Children First: The Earliest Evidence for Ancient Greek Body Amulets

The Classics Research Seminar, The Oslo Seminar in Papyrology, and The Seminar in Late Antique and Early Medieval Culture invite to open seminar with C.A.Faraone. All students (esp. all freshers), staff members and other guests are warmly welcome


This lecture will explore vase-paintings and votive statues that show how Greek women and male children wore knotted cords and strings of amulets to protect their bodies. The absence of similar amulets on naked adult males points to a restriction of use to females and immature males. This talk will also show how the wearing of childhood amulets by boys (especially on Cyprus and in Athens) seems intertwined with assertions of citizenship and other forms of status.


Christopher A. Faraone is Frank and Gertrude Springer Professor in the Humanities and the College department, University of Chicago, and an outstanding expert on ancient magic and Greek literature. Select books and edited volumes: Vanishing Acts: Deletio Morbi as Speech Act and Visual Design on Ancient Greek Amulets (London, 2013); (with Dirk Obbink), The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic and Mystery in Ancient Greek Selinous (Oxford, 2013); The Stanzaic Architecture of Archaic Greek Elegy (Oxford, 2008); Ancient Greek Love Magic (Harvard, 1999); Talismans and Trojan Horses: Guardian Statues in Ancient Greek Myth and Ritual (Oxford, 1992); (with Dirk Obbink) Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion (Oxford, 1991).


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Published Jan. 30, 2017 1:50 PM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2017 3:04 PM