November 8, 2018
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
Archaeology: Erotic Pottery
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Dr. Kathleen Lynch talks about the ancient marketplace for Athenian erotic pottery.
Join Dr. Kathleen Lynch for an illustrated talk about ancient Athenian pottery, including those with erotic designs.
This lecture will explore how the foreign market for Athenian vases affected production choices of the Athenian potters. A vivid example is provided by the explicitly sexual images of heterosexual couples on Athenian black-figure and red-figure vases produced from about 525-450 BC.
These pots were made in Athens, but were not used there; they are found only in Etruria. Why? No certain answers exist, but evaluating the intention and reception of the specific images underscores that the Athenian potters were businessmen who aimed to sell.
The reason may be that Etruscan consumers wanted Athenian pottery that reflected their own ideas of “Greek” culture. Parallels for this complex relationship between producer and consumer can be seen elsewhere in world history, including in the production of Chinese porcelain for Europeans and sexualized postcard images of Arab women produced for French colonizers.
Dr. Kathleen Lynch is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. She is a specialist in Greek pottery, particularly vase-painting and the social aspects of pottery, and has completed fieldwork in Albania, Greece, and Turkey.
This talk is presented in partnership by Eugene Public Library, the Eugene chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, and the UO Classics Department.