Fresco portrait of a robed woman and man in a frame.

Event banner with portrait of Terentius Neo and his wife, 1st c. CE, House VII.2.6 in Pompeii; Naples Archaeological Museum Inv. 9058; Creative Commons

Expanding the Ancient World Workshop

Representing Women in the Greco-Roman World

Organized by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

This workshop will take place in person at ISAW.

Registration is required at THIS LINK.

All attendees must be in compliance with NYU's COVID-19 vaccination requirements (fully vaccinated and boosted, once eligible and by NYU's deadline) and be prepared to present proof of compliance if asked to do so (advanced upload is no longer required for visitors). Click here for NYU's campus access policy for visitors.

Expanding the Ancient World is a series of professional development workshops and online resources for teachers. Keyed to the NYC Department of Education Social Studies Scope and Sequence, this program is designed to offer K-12 educators opportunities to develop their knowledge of the ancient world and to provide classroom-ready strategies for teaching the past with reliable sources. Featuring inquiry-based workshops, flexible lesson plans, and up-to-date research, Expanding the Ancient World aims to equip teachers with information and skills that they can share with their students. CTLE credits will be offered to New York State teachers.

What do we know about women from the ancient Mediterranean world, and how do we know it? For a variety of reasons, many of our sources in fact represent women, and only occasionally do we hear or see women represent themselves. This workshop will explore some of the methodological issues, limitations, and ancient evidence for the representation and self-representation of women in a variety of media from the Greek and Roman worlds. We will read some letters written by women from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and then study some of the ancient evidence for the representation and self-representation for one of the most famous women of Greco-Roman antiquity, Cleopatra. A starter bibliography will be provided, including some digital resources, as well as a field guide to NY institutions with collections useful to studying women from Greco-Roman antiquity.

Workshop led by David Ratzan (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World)

Participants will receive 1.5 CTLE hour.s

Expanding the Ancient World is made possible by generous support from ISAW, the Society for Classical Studies, and the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.

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