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Next AIA-Orange County Society Lecture

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 2:00-4:00 PM

Sex (and other things) Sells: Athenian Vases and their Export Markets

Concordia University

Sponsored by: David and Ruth Seigle

Dr. Kathleen Lynch,
Professor of Classics,
University of Cincinnati

This lecture will explore how the foreign markets for Athenian vases impacted production choices of the Athenian potters. To provide a vivid example of the problem we will first examine erotic images of heterosexual couples on Athenian black-figure and red-figure vases produced from 525-450 B.C.

While these pots are certainly made in Athens, they are found only in Etruria. We will consider why the Athenians marketed these images to the Etruscans, and in turn, why the Etruscans may have appreciated them. To understand how the export market differed from the domestic market we will also examine pottery found in Athenian houses. It turns out that pottery used by Athenians had simple, “genre” scenes. There is no sign of heterosexual intercourse and very few examples of mythological scenes.

Additional Information for Lectures at Concordia University ...

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Members - Free (members may also bring a guest free of charge)
Non-members - $5 suggested contribution
Students - Free

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA

Take Jeffrey Drive south from the San Diego Freeway (I-405)
Jeffrey Drive becomes University Drive south of the 405 Freeway
Turn left at Ridgeline Dr. and go a very short block
Turn right at Concordia East
Pick up a free parking pass at the gate house.

Park in visitor parking opposite Grimm Hall (see campus map)