The Parthenon hosts Symposia through the year. Each symposium is an opportunity to gain knowledge of the ancient civilizations that underpin our own, the Parthenon, and contemporary fine art.

Two organizations provide the funding for these lectures: The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park and the Archaeological Institute of America. All lectures are FREE to the community and generally take place at the Parthenon at 6 PM followed by a reception.



Assessing the Historicity of the Trojan War: Excavations at Troy 1988-2010

Date: Thursday, January 30

Time: 6 PM

Location: Parthenon (2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203)


Guests/Lecturer: Dr. C. Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania

Details: In 1988 archaeologists from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Tübingen, Germany, began new excavations at Troy with the intent of examining all phases of habitation- from the Bronze Age through the Byzantine period. This lecture presents the results of the Bronze Age, Greek, and Roman excavations at the site of ancient Troy during the last 24 years. Work has concentrated primarily on the theater, temple of Athena, the Bouleuterion (Council House), and the Sanctuary of the Samothracian Gods. The Bronze Age fortifications and Roman houses in the Lower City have also been extensively investigated. Excavation thus far has clarified the nature of habitation at the site during the late Bronze Age (15-12th centuries B.C.), as well as the rise in the city's fortunes during the reign of Augustus and his Julio-Claudian successors. The relationship between the recent discoveries at the site and the Homeric tradition are also considered.


Gender in Ancient Greece and Today

Date: Thursday, February 6

Time: 6 PM

Location: Parthenon (2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203)



  • Dr. Katherine Harrington, Florida State University
  • Dr. Denise McCoskey, Miami University
  • Stephanie Rome, Fisk University
  • Carroll Van West, Middle Tennessee State University

Details: In connection with the key themes of the Parthenon exhibit Flood Lines by Tasha Lewis opening January 2020, a panel of experts will share their understanding of women and gender from ancient Greece through more modern Tennessee history.

Panelist's Bios:

  • Dr. Katherine Harrington, Florida State University
  • “Home Economics: Women’s Domestic Lives and Labor in Classical Greece”

Dr. Katherine Harrington is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she teaches a graduate seminar on gender. She has supervised numerous Greek excavation projects, and is an expert on domestic spaces in antiquity and pioneering female archaeologists in Greece. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University.

  • Denise McCoskey, Miami University
  • "Amazons and Female Empowerment from the Ancient Acropolis to the Voting Booth"

Dr. Denise McCoskey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and an Affiliate of Black World Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has written multiple books and articles on gender and race in the ancient world, plus regularly teaches courses such as “Women in Antiquity” and “Women, Representation, and the State”. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University.

  • Carroll Van West, Middle Tennessee State University
  • “Modern Paths to Democracy: Tennessee Women from the Underground Railroad to Tent City”

Dr. Van West is the Director of the Center for Historic Preservation (CHP) at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. His preservation focus is on properties associated with the Civil Rights Movement, the Civil War, rural areas, marginalized communities, and the southern music industries. Selected recent books include Nashville Architecture: A Guide to the City (University of Tennessee Press, 2015) and A History of the Arts in Tennessee (University of Tennessee Press, 2004).

  • Stefanie B. Rome, Fisk University
  • “Lifting as We Climb: The Enduring Legacy of African American Women in Progressive Movements”

Stefanie B. Rome is the First Lady of Fisk University, a private historically black university in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET) representative for Fisk University and serves on the board of Centennial Park Conservancy. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Missouri, focusing her research on education.