Knob-Handled Patera, Greek

Knob-handled Patera, ca. 320 BCE, attributed to the White Saccos-Chariot Group Painter, Greek (South Italian, Apulia), terracotta. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, 81.89

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Symposium: The Horse in Ancient Greek Art

Sat, Apr 7, 2018
Coffee Reception, 9:30–10 am
Symposium, 10 am–4 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Horses hooved and winged, chariots, centaurs, and satyrs – the ancient Greeks were mad for horses. This symposium features contributors to The Horse in Ancient Greek Art catalogue and explores equestrian art and culture in ancient Greece, from the social prestige of owning and racing horses and chariots to the fabulous stories and myths the Greeks told about these creatures.

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Symposium Schedule

Morning Session

10 am–noon

“Noble Steeds: The Origins of the Horse in Greek Art”
Dr. Séan Hemingway, John A. and Carole O. Moran Acting Curator in Charge, Department of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

“Riding in Ancient Greece”
Dr. Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, George Mason University

“Horses on Ancient Coins”
Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director, The American Numismatic Society


noon–2 pm

Lunch Break, noon–1 pm
Visit The Horse in Ancient Greek Art1:15–2 pm

Afternoon Session

2:15–4 pm

“Mythological Horses in Ancient Greek Art”
Dr. John Oakley, Chancellor Professor and Forrest D. Murden, Jr. Professor, College of William & Mary

“Riders and Victors: Competing on Horseback in Archaic and Classical Greek Art”
Dr. Seth Pevnick, Chief Curator and Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Tampa Museum of Art

“From Myth to Mystery: The Chariot in Ancient Greek Art”
Dr. Peter Schertz, Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts