The marble Omphalos, with its net of fillets, from Delphi.
A statuette of Artemis Kindyas, the city goddess of Bargylia in Caria; now in the Piraeus Museum.
A bronze image of the Janiculum Idol, bound with a coiled snake and dating to the 4th century AD.

Bound Statues in Pausanias

Binding, tying up and otherwise restraining depictions of Gods and Goddesses is an unusual aspect of the religions of the ancient world. The role of bound statues in Greek art and religion is enigmatic at best, it remains difficult to assess both the pervasiveness of the practice and the reasoning involved with the act. In terms of literary material our evidence is sourced primarily from the Greek travel writer Pausanias.

It will be the aim of the talk to discuss the problems associated with using the information presented by Pausanias, the degree to which his material can be used to enrich our understanding of this practice and finally to introduce his intriguing account of the Strangled Lady.

Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea. Afternoon tea will be held in E318, Forgan Smith Building.