BODIES OF POWER: THE ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF ROYAL WOMEN IN THE HELLENISTIC WORLD

Bodies of Power examines the arts and archaeology of royal women from the Hellenistic world, spanning the Mediterranean, Middle East, to Central Asia from the fourth-first century BCE. Analyzing an eclectic range of visual and material culture, alongside textual evidence, the project studies the role of objects, images, and monuments in expressing the contours of women’s political power. Moreover, it examines the ways that royal women’s portrayals embodied the gendered, sexual effects of imperial and cross-cultural contact.