This study provides a close analysis of women in artwork from Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece (700-30 BC). Such images have traditionally been considered from exclusively heteronormative and androcentric perspectives. I employ queer and feminist theory in an attempt to provide a new understanding of the images present on these examples of ancient art which showcase women’s relationships. I examine a terracotta figure, a stamnos, a psykter, and a cup that display women interacting with one another. Their interactions demonstrate both homosocial and homoerotic relations. In an effort to reach a broader audience, I have curated a digital exhibit that displays each piece along with their individual analysis. The pieces and their reinterpretation create a space for women and lesbians of the ancient world to have their history told, as it has commonly been underacknowledged from the historical narrative, particularly in ancient Greek archaeology.
Matson, Devon A., "We're All A Little Bit Gay: Female Homoeroticism in Greek Art" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9586.
Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Arts and Humanities | Classical Archaeology and Art History | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History of Gender | Museum Studies | Women's History
Greek Art, homoeroticism, museums, women
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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