Terracotta lekythos (oil flask) with scenes of a battle of Greeks against Amazons (detail), ca. 420 B.C., Greek, attributed to the Eretria Painter. Terracotta. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1931

Dangerous Women: From Antiquity to Pop Culture



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Dangerous women come in many guises, but in the ancient world, self-determination and unexpected behavior were key elements of enduring notoriety. In this panel of short talks spanning Egypt, Greece, and Rome, scholars examine modern depictions of transgressive women—Amazons, Helen of Troy, Cleopatra, and a Christian martyr—in popular media, from comic books to video games.


2:00 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Shelby Brown, Sr. Education Specialist, Getty Villa Museum

Greek Amazons in comic books
Amanda Herring, department of Art History, Loyola Marymount University, specializes in Hellenistic Greek art and explores issues of cultural identity and reception of the classical past.

Helen of Troy in film
Kirsten Day is chair of Classics at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, and contributes as well to the women and gender studies program. She focuses on classical representations in popular culture, especially film, and women in the ancient world.

Cleopatra and Assassin’s Creed
Kara Cooney, chair of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, is an Egyptologist who studies craft production, ancient economies, and coffins. She has studied the roles of the female pharaohs Hatshepsut and Cleopatra.

Perpetua the Martyr in a graphic novel
Jennifer A. Rea, department of Classics, University of Florida, Gainesville, researches ancient gender roles and the intersection of ancient Rome and modern science fiction and fantasy. She wrote a graphic history of Perpetua to engage students. 

Connections: Women in Contemporary Media
Karyl Kicenski, department of communication, University of California, Los Angeles, is a specialist in communication and cultural studies who examines how meaning is created through cultural frameworks and structures of social power.

4:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m.
Refreshments served and discussion continues until 5:30 p.m., Auditorium Lobby

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