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“If male: kill, regardless of his age; if female: seize alive, mainly the young and youthful.”
These words, advocating deliberate violence against non-combatant populations, mark the start of a four-day international conference on gender in the ancient Mediterranean world at Brock University.
Kathy L. Gaca, associate professor of Classics, Vanderbilt University, will open Feminism and Classics VI: Crossing Borders, Crossing Lines with a public lecture entitled, “Ancient Warfare and the Forcible Penetration of Borders, Communities and Bodies” (5 to 6:30 p.m. in Academic South 202).
Gaca is author of numerous publications, including “Girls, Women, and the Significance of Sexual Violence in Ancient Warfare” in Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights. She, along with more than 100 other speakers will be attending Brock University for Feminism and Classics VI, a quadrennial international conference that addresses gender roles in the ancient world, taking place May 24 to 27.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event and its debut in Canada. The theme, Crossing Borders, Crossing Lines, focuses on sexual and physical boundaries, trans identities and power relationships in the ancient Mediterranean.