On Thursday 5 August, Associate Research Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Dr Roslynne Bell, will present the online lecture Warriors, Weapons, and Wild Women: The Amazons in Greek Art.

The lecture will be broadcast live from 7:00pm on the Greek Community of Melbourne’s Facebook page, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the organisation.

Few mythological figures proved more fascinating to the ancient Greeks than the Amazons. In this talk Dr Bell will look at some of the images that help us understand not only how this race of warrior women were thought to have lived and fought, but also how they challenged perceived norms of female behaviour in antiquity.

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Dr Roslynne Bell Photo: Supplied

Prior to becoming an Associate Research Fellow, Dr Bell taught a range of courses in Greek and Roman art and archaeology, first in the Classics department at the University of Canterbury, and more recently at the University of Manchester, where she held a joint lectureship in the departments of Archaeology and Classics.

Dr Bell also been an Honorary Academic Curator of the Greek and Roman Collections at the Manchester Museum, and a research fellow at the British School at Rome. Her research is largely in the field of Roman art and the topography of ancient Rome with her latest publication Image and Identity: Augustus and the Cult of the Magna Mater (Oxford University Press) coming out soon.

She also has a great love of Greek art, which began at the University of Canterbury where, for 11 years, she held the role of curator of the James Logie Memorial Collection of Classical Antiquities.

For more information you can contact the Greek Community of Melbourne by phone on 03 9662 2722 or by email at info@greekcommunity.com.au