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Professor Helen King (OU), ‘The material body: what does an ancient womb look like?’

Seminar by Prof Helen King (OU) for Classics and Ancient History

The standard view of votive body parts in the ancient Mediterranean is that there are a lot of wombs and breasts because childbirth was an area on which people felt particularly in need of divine assistance. In this paper, I want to question the identification of these votives simply as wombs. I will do this by setting these objects alongside the different ways in which the womb has been represented in two and three dimensions, and in a range of media, up to the present day, and by showing how textual descriptions can usefully be brought into alignment with visual imagery.

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Building:One Matrix Lecture Theatre