Join an archaeologist as we discuss women in an array of aspects across the Mediterranean in the Bronze Age. From daily life, to fashion, to careers and more, we'll touch on the lives of Nefertiti and Hatshepsut (Egyptian Queens), Puduhepa (Hittite Queen), Enheduana (Akkadian High priestess- 1st poet in the world), just to name a few.
One of the most enthralling periods in human history, the Bronze Age (3200-1200BCE) saw the birth and evolution of the first advanced civilizations in the Mediterranean and the Near East. The construction of pyramids, palaces, citadels, cities, and harbors in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Greece are evidence of a connected and globalized world. While women contributed significantly to the rise of these civilizations, they are conspicuously absent from the historical narratives. Relegated to footnotes for scandalous behavior or unprecedented accomplishment, women predominantly remained faceless and anonymous.
In this seminar, we will take a close look at archaeological evidence to discover a vibrant world of hard-working farm girls, devoted wives, nurturing mothers, accomplished professionals, powerful priestesses, and formidable queens who governed in their own right. We will uncover the details of these women's lives, from makeup and birth control to marriage and divorce, from weaving textiles to safekeeping the temple. These are the stories of (wo)mankind during the awe-inspiring Bronze Age world.
Led by an expert on prehistoric archaeology, Dimitra Pilarinou, this interactive seminar will examine the daily life of women in the Bronze Age throughout the Mediterranean. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the cultures of prehistory and the impactful role women played in their creation.
About Your Expert
Dimitra Pilarinou is a Greek archaeologist and Licensed Tour Guide with a Masters degree in Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean. She has worked in excavations all around Greece, has given speeches on various topics in Seminars and Congresses, and has appeared on documentaries about the Minoans on History Channel and Travel Channel.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
This was a fascinating lecture from Dimitra full of information told in a most enjoyable way with wonderful slides illustrating her points. I learned so much today.
Dimitra’s lecture is a fascinating dive into The Bronze Age. An archeologist and clearly an expert in her field, Dimitra’s comprehensive presentation imparts insights into the scope of her knowledge focusing on a few exceptional women of this period by highlighting their social mores, fashion, trials and tribulations. Of particular interest to me was her ability to clearly and simply demonstrate an overview of the far reaching influences affecting other cultures during this ancient time. She speaks engagingly and offers numerous interesting anecdotes. This seminar gets high marks!
Dimitra Pilarinou is truly a favorite! I learn so much from her and especially about the status of women in ancient times. I loved her talk on Santorini and I really will always try to get her seminars.
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Dr. Pilarinou is so wonderful! she has taught me so much about the early civilizations - Egyptian. , Minoan, Mycenean, and the Ciclades! I am in love with her lectures and this one on Bronze age women waseveryting I had wished for! I will try to join all her future seminars!!