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Johns Hopkins UniversityArts and Sciences Magazine

Worshiping Women

Michael Burlingame
Courtesy of Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit
Foundation (USA)
H. Alan Shapiro, the W.H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology in the Classics Department, has curated an intriguing exhibit this spring at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York that explores the role of women in public life in ancient Athens. Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens brings together 155 rare archaeological objects and artistic masterpieces that provide a more nuanced picture of women's civic identity. Among the treasures in the exhibition is this red-figure clay lekythos dating from 425 to 400 B.C. and attributed to the Greek vase painter Aison. The exhibition, co-curated by Shapiro and Nikolaos Kaltsas, director of the National Archaeological Museum of Greece, runs through May 9.