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Events
29 November 2018 Start
29 November 2018 End
7.00 p.m. Time
Greece The Netherlands Institute at Athens, Library, Makri 11, Athens

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Reconsidering the Evidence for Female Athletics in late Hellenistic and Roman Greece

Thursday, November 29, 2018,

Georgia Tsouvala, Illinois State University, USA will address the topic “Reconsidering the Evidence for Female Athletics in late Hellenistic and Roman Greece.”

Abstract

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.

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