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UWM Free Lecture on ‘Archaeology of Ancient Greek Dress’

The talk is free to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

By - Aug 26th, 2015 02:18 pm

MILWAUKEE _ Mireille M. Lee of Vanderbilt University  will speak on “The Archaeology of Ancient Greek Dress” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, in UW-Milwaukee’s Sabin Hall, 3413 N. Downer, Room G90 (lower level). Her talk is free to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

An assistant professor of the history of art and classical studies, Lee will discuss how dress might provide insight into ancient Greek ideologies and the construction of social identities.

According to Lee, surviving visual sources, including sculpture and vase-painting, depict men and women performing various dress practices. Some practices, such as bathing and the use of perfumes, are common to both genders; others are specific to either men or women. Age and social role are often indicated by hairstyle, whereas ethnicity is also conveyed by means of garments and body-modifications.

Lee’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Milwaukee Society, and the UWM departments of foreign language and literature-classics, anthropology and art history.

About UWM

As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, UWM has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. On an operating budget of $705 million, UWM educates more than 28,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UWM a “2015 Best in the Midwest” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. Its economic impact is more than $1.5 billion per year in Wisconsin alone.

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