Nancy Serwnt's
“The Female Athethic Costume at
the Heraia and Prenuptial Initiation”
Shannon, Bianca, Robert
● Background on the Heraia Games
● Girls custumes for the Heraia Games
● Meaning of the custumes
One distintive aspect of Greek Culture was their
pursuit of sport. It was a means in which the
Greeks promoted and celebra...
What was the Heraia?
● It was not very common for women to do athethics, and their
participation was very limited, the ear...
Relationship to the Olympics
● The Olympic games were held by the Greeks in honor of
Zues and were for men only. Therefore...
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  1. 1. Nancy Serwnt's “The Female Athethic Costume at the Heraia and Prenuptial Initiation” Shannon, Bianca, Robert
  2. 2. ● Background on the Heraia Games ● Girls custumes for the Heraia Games ● Meaning of the custumes
  3. 3. One distintive aspect of Greek Culture was their pursuit of sport. It was a means in which the Greeks promoted and celebrated their ethnic bonds “No discussion has yet addressed in any detail, however, one of the most visible manifestations of the Heraoa agon – the athethic dress of its participants. Indeed, the icongraphy of the unusual athethic costume has been misunderstood and incorrectly attributed”
  4. 4. What was the Heraia? ● It was not very common for women to do athethics, and their participation was very limited, the earliest competition open to them were running contests ● “A renouned Greek athethic festival in which females could compete in running events” that took place every 4 years ● There is no secure date but most evidence argues for a date between 700 and 600 B.C. ● Its purpose was to honor the goddess Hera ● It was organized by ran by 16 married women ● only unmarried girls participanted, and were divided into three age categories ● Winners were given crowns of olive and a portion of the cow sacrificed to Hera and were allowed to dedicate statues with their names to Hera
  5. 5. Relationship to the Olympics ● The Olympic games were held by the Greeks in honor of Zues and were for men only. Therefore, the Heraia can be seen as a kind of counterpart to that for women to honor Hera. ● Also, Serwint explains that the parallels between the two festivals suggest they were held during the same time

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