Middlebury College Museum of Art

Thursday, March 2

“A Twitch Upon the Thread”: The Parthenon, Genealogy, Ritual, and Resonance

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

Dr. Joan B. Connelly, Professor of Classics and Art History, New York University


The interpretation of the Parthenon Frieze as somehow depicting an episode in the Panathenaic procession has uneasily prevailed for well over two centuries. Dr. Joan B. Connelly, Professor of Classics and Art History, New York University and author of The Parthenon Enigma (2014), has proposed a radically new reading of the frieze as depicting a foundation myth, in the process overhauling our understanding of the temple as a whole. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Director of the Arts.

Parthenon north frieze