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    Classics Talk: Why are ancient Greek Men (almost) Always Naked?

    It proved to be a thought-provoking masterclass, and one that definitely made battling the rain on the way home worth it.

     

     

    On Monday 27 February, we were lucky to have Dr Peter Thonemann from Wadham College in Oxford University come to give a talk on why Greek men were (almost) always depicted naked in artwork.

     

     

    The lecture attracted many students, many of whom are studying a classical subject for GCSE or A-Level, and some who were intrigued by the subject matter. We all found it really interesting, with Dr Thonemann leading us through different answers to the question expertly: he offered answers such as the realistic depiction of athletes, a need to differentiate men from women and foreigners, or- as he believed- nudity as a way to showcase an aristocrat’s wealth, and he even managed to squeeze in a short digression on sexuality and society!

    Overall, it proved to be a thought-provoking masterclass, and one that definitely made battling the rain on the way home worth it.

     

    Claudia - Y12