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More than Glitter: Jewelry in Ancient Greece and Etruria


Gold necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry made by ancient goldsmiths still attract attention today. Their expert manufacture, intricate detail, and lavish use of precious metal evoke images of glittering women and men, enriching our understanding of Greek and Etruscan costume. But what do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry?

On Tuesday, October 24th, Dr. Alexis Castor, of Franklin and Marshall College, will discuss how people of all ages wore personal ornaments as protective amulets against harm, to show badges of office, to enchant, and to display wealth. Jewelry also served as wearable wealth that could be melted down in times of crisis. This lecture explores ways that jewelry functioned as bridal gifts, heirlooms, and even played a role in espionage. Beyond the shimmer of metal, these ornaments served as a beautiful, practical form of personal wealth.

Dr. Castor is Associate Professor of Classics at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She received her MA and PhD in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College.

The lecture, which is supported by the Archaeological Institute of America, The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, and Vanderbilt University's Department of Classical and Mediterranean Studies, will take place at the Parthenon at 6:00 p.m., with a reception following. Admission is free, but reservations are requested (615-862-8431). Dr. Castor is giving this year's Anita Krause Bader lecture in Mediterranean Archaeology for the AIA's National Lecture Program.