Jewelry as Women's Wealth in Ancient Greece and Etruria
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What do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry? Alexis Castor explores this topic and more.
Gold necklaces, earrings and other jewelry made by ancient goldsmiths still attract attention today. Their expert manufacture, intricate detail, and lavish use of precious metal evoke images of glittering women and men, enriching our understanding of Greek and Etruscan costume. But what do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry? This talk discusses how people of all ages wore personal ornaments as protective amulets against harm, to show badges of office, to enchant, and to display wealth. Jewelry also served as wearable wealth that could be melted down in times of crisis. Beyond the shimmer of metal, we will see that these ornaments served as a beautiful, practical form of personal currency. Prof. Alexis Castor comes to us from Franklin and Marshall University.
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