Streaming Media


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.


Biro-Walters, Jordan

Second Advisor

Navarro-Farr, Olivia


Archaeology; History


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

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar



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