Women in Greek Antiquity: From Myth to History. Class presentation(s) available.


 This course will focus on the representation of the female in Greek myth (heroines and goddesses), offer a way to understand Greek literature and history through a gendered approach, and explore the social experiences, constraints, and accomplishments of historical women in antiquity. The first lecture will concentrate on archaic Greece, analyzing famous epic figures (Penelope, Helen, and Hecuba) while also looking at our sources on historical women (including a brief overview of poetess Sappho of Lesbos and her poetry). The second lecture will cover classical times and will start by investigating the theatrical female figure (Antigone in tragedy and Lysistrata in comedy). By looking at these historical figures, we will also delve into the lives of women in classical Athens and Sparta. The final lecture will move on to Hellenistic times, addressing the sources that discuss the lives of women in that period, most notably Cleopatra.

Presenter: Andromache Karanika, is an Associate Professor of Classics, UC Irvine. Professor Karanika received her Ph.D. at Princeton and has published numerous articles on Homer, women’s oral traditions, pastoral poetry, and the treatment of Homer in Byzantine literature. She is the author of “Voices at Work: Women, Performance, and Labor” and has co-authored a textbook on modern Greece. Most recently, the National Society of Classical Studies nominated her as editor of that association’s flagship scholarly journal. At UCI, she also serves as the co-director of the Graduate Emphasis in Medical Humanities.

Class Presentation:

November 7: Women In Ancient Greece Part I

Women In Greek Antiquity-Classical Greece – Part II

Developer: Timothy Deal


Tuesdays, November 7, 21 and 28

1:30 – 3:30 PM


The Irvine Station-Onken





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