Lecture to look at the ancient Olympics, Greek nudity

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The ancient Olympics and Greek nudity will be the subject of a lecture by Andrew Stewart, professor of ancient Mediterranean art and the Nicolas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

The lecture will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Palmer Museum of Art's Lipcon Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Athletic nudity was a hallmark of ancient Greek culture, distinguishing the Greeks from their eastern neighbors under the rule of the Persian empire. Professor Stewart examines the origins and significance of this practice in an illustrated lecture titled "The Wardrobe Malfunction that Shook the World: Nudity, the Olympics and Greek Self-Fashioning." This is the Norton Distinguished Lecture of the Archaeological Institute of America, sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Society of the AIA with the support of the departments of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Art History, History, Anthropology and the Program in Jewish Studies. 

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Last Updated January 09, 2015