Georgia Tsouvala

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 19:00 to 20:00
Netherlands Institute at Athens, Makri 11
Event Description: 

Georgia Tsouvala (Illinois State University), «Reconsidering the Evidence for Female Athletes in the Late Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods in Greece»

This talk will discuss the epigraphic and literary evidence for women’s membership in palaistrai and gymnasia, as well as their victories in the games of the late Hellenistic and early Roman periods in the Greek world. It will become evident that, in spite of the small number of inscriptions and literary references that survive on the topic, we can accept that athleticism and its venues were not an all-male sphere as previously thought, but one where young women athletes participated in and competed at local and Panhellenic festivals.