Objects in Focus: Lead Figurines From the Spartan Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia

(c) Research and Cultural Collections


Wednesday, 13 November 2019


13.00 - 13.45


Arts Building, CAHA Museum, Room 305 (3rd Floor) (R16 on campus map)


Free, booking required

In October 2019, the University’s Archaeology Collection will relaunch with an exciting new redisplay giving insight into aspects of ancient European, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian cultures. The new display is a joint venture between the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CAHA) and Research and Cultural Collections, created with the assistance of student volunteers. To celebrate the launch of the new display, a series of object-focused lunchtime talks invites you to learn more…

Dr Andrew Bayliss examines figurines from a shrine where ancient tourists watched Spartan boys dying under the lash as part of a bizarre ceremony known as “flagellation”.
Depicting foot-soldiers and winged goddesses, the figurines appear to match the image of Spartans as militaristic and overly pious, as described in our written sources. But is there more than meets the eye?

Presented by Research and Cultural Collections in partnership with the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology.