Humanities, Duchesne, Room 210, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Prof. Polly Low (Durham University)
Gods, disease, inscriptions and aristocrats: the stories of the Athenian anatomical votives at the British Museum
The British Museum's collection of Athenian inscriptions includes around a dozen anatomical votives: that is, monuments set up as thank-offerings for the gods' help in curing (or coping with) medical crises. This talk will discuss the nature and purposes of these objects (who set them up? where? why?). It will also explore the question of how they came to be in the British Museum, and how, in particular, they came into the hands of Thomas Bruce, Seventh Earl of Elgin.