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Image Index > Dionysiac Scenes > Maenads Embrace


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Two Maenads embrace as they present a hare to Dionysus. Does this suggest that lesbian intimacy was imagined as a feature of the general liberation and freedom Dionysiac rites (or the influnce of wine) afforded females?


Artist Amasis Painter
Date c. 540 BCE
   
Museum and Inventory Number Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Cabinet des Médailles 222
   
References and Publications ABV 152.25
N.S. Rabinowitz,"Excavating Women's Homoeroticism in Ancient Greece." Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002.)128-130.
   
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This website makes available to the public the first two chapters of Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents, edited by Thomas K. Hubbard and published by University of California Press in April 2003. The index also lists the rest of the sourcebook's contents; the book may be ordered at www.ucpress.edu, list price $34.95 paperback. In addition, a file of close to 200 pertinent artistic images is assembled, including those published in the sourcebook and many others. Acknowledgement is made to University of California Press for permission to reproduce this material, as well as to the various museums that have granted permission to use their photographic images. Comments may be directed to Prof. Hubbard at tkh@mail.utexas.edu.