Humboldt Forum
© SHF / David von Becker

October 19, 2017, 7:00 PM

In the Hands of the Gods: Mother and Child in Ancient Greece

@ Archäologisches Zentrum

Free admission, registration required

in German

Why is the emotional attachment to a child today experienced and understood so differently today than in ancient Greece? What protections did a child enjoy at that time and who was really responsible for his or her care? How can over 2,000-year-old illustrations and objects answer our questions about the relationship between a mother and her child?

Based on the theme Supernaturally Powerful in the current exhibition Watch Out: Children! Protected. Loved. Threatened., classicists Véronique Dasen, Viktoria Räuchle and Agnes Schwarzmaier will examine these questions from various perspectives and delve into other aspects such as the significance of amulets, paintings and the ideologies they communicate, as well as notions of motherhood. The discussion will be moderated by Andreas Scholl, director of the Antikensammlung – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Agnes Schwarzmaier, archaeologist and curator at the Altes Museum, will introduce the theme of Supernaturally Powerful while reflecting upon her approach to her work as an archaeologist and curator. Viktoria Räuchle from the Institute for Classical Archaeology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich will speak about the topics of emotionality and motherly love – a topic she has studied for years based on her examination of imagery. Véronique Dasen from the Université de Fribourg focuses on the role of amulets and their protective function – not only for children.

Please take note that this event will be held in German.

Véronique Dasen
Viktoria Räuchle
Agnes Schwarzmaier
Andreas Scholl


Please register (in German) by 18 October 2017 if you wish to attend. Due to limited seating capacity, we can only guarantee you a seat if you pick up your tickets on the day of the event by 6:45 pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the ticket office from 6:45 pm for those who decide to attend at short notice.

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