Classics Events

May 18

“Sexualized Violence: The Eurymedon Vase and its Meanings”

Kirk Ormand, Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor in Classics, will discuss the Eurymedon Vase.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
12:25 – 1:25 pm / Zoom
Kirk Ormand May 18th talk on the Eurymedon Vase.

Since it’s publication in 1975 by Konrad Schauenberg, the “Eurymedon Vase” has been held as a clear example of Athenian artists using sexual imagery to express ideas of political dominance.  Recently, however, James Davidson has called that interpretation into question,arguing that the Greeks did not think of sex in the terms of social domination outlined by K.J. Dover and Michel Foucault.  Ormand will read the vase in comparison to a set of vases showing military conflict and erotic pursuit, and suggest that it is a deliberate merging of these two forms. As such, he argues that the early publishers of the vase were correct to see a military statement expressed in sexual form.

Kirk Ormand is the Nathan A. Greenberg Professor of Classics at Oberlin College, and is visiting Carleton this spring as the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor in Classics. He has published articles on Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, Hipponax, Sophocles, Euripides, Ovid, Lucan, Heliodorus, Michel Foucault, and Clint Eastwood. Kirk’s undergraduate degree in Classics is from Carleton College (1985). 

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 996 2026 6667

Passcode: Vase

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