Lykos Kalos: Beyond Youthful Beauty in Athenian Vase Painting (REMOTE)

Seth Pevnick
Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Cleveland Museum of Art
Tuesday July 21
1:30 p.m. EDT

This talk explores the relationship between images and inscriptions on ancient Greek pottery, with particular attention to a group of Athenian red-figure vases inscribed “Lykos kalos,” or “Lykos is beautiful.” Although usually interpreted as homoerotic praise of young Athenian aristocrats, such inscriptions can be read in multiple other ways. Here, based on a literary reference to a famous racehorse named Lykos (Olympic victor in 508 BC), and the meaning of the common noun lykos (wolf), several alternative interpretations are offered.

Member of Lifelong Learning Cost
Nonmember Cost