Colloquium: Celsiana Warwick, Nossis’s Dildo: A Metapoetic Attack on Female Poetry in Herodas’s Sixth Mime

September 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
101 Becker Communication Studies Building

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Please join us next Thursday, September 26 for our first Classics Colloquium of the Fall! Celsiana Warwick, Assistant Professor in Classics at the University of Iowa, will be giving a talk titled “Nossis’s Dildo: A Metapoetic Attack on Female Poetry in Herodas’s Sixth Mime” at 5:00pm in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building.

Herodas’ reference in his sixth mime to a stolen dildo in the possession of “Nossis daughter of Erinna” (the names of two contemporary female poets) represents a metapoetic attack on the popularity of female-authored poetry in the Hellenistic period. By associating the dildo-maker with Homer, who represents poetry’s role in shaping the ideal male citizen-soldier of the Classical polis, Herodas uses Nossis’s theft of the dildo to criticize the appropriation and misuse of the masculine poetic tradition for the purpose of female pleasure and gratification, exposing anxieties about the erosion of Classical masculinity in the Hellenistic period.

Check out our YouTube channel to watch the talk live and to view a recording afterwards: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXzu0Gce66m111HilF7WX-A.