San Antonio Museum or Art

The Sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros on the Acropolis of Athens by Kevin T. Glowacki, Assistant Professor of Art & Architectural History Texas A&M University

Lectures


Tuesday, October 9, 2012
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Auditorium

Price: Free. Reception to follow.

Lecturer Kevin T. Glowacki

As gods of love, marriage, and fertility, Aphrodite and her son Eros played important roles in the daily lives of the ancient Greeks, and their worship ranged from state-sponsored festivals to simple sacrifices and offerings made by individual men and women. The open-air sanctuary of Aphrodite and Eros on the north slope of the Acropolis of Athens is an instructive example of a less formal or "popular" shrine, where the ancient Athenians made dedications of sculpted reliefs, marble statuettes, and terracotta figurines -- much like the ones on display in the exhibition "Aphrodite and the Gods of Love." The sanctuary and its archaeological remains are analyzed from the perspective of the three main types of ritual activities that were intended to create and sustain personal relationships between mortals and their gods: prayer, sacrifice, and dedication. 


Additional support provided by the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society and the Archaeological Institute of America.