H. Alan Shapiro
Courtesy of Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit
, 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.