Next week there will be a symposium and a series of exhibitions, talks, and tours relating to Roman sexuality – based in Nottingham, and co-presented by the British Library and the University of Nottingham museum. You can even see the celebrated Warren Cup. This is a MUST for anyone in Nottingham!! I’m in Australia, so I can’t go – but I will be checking up on everyone I know in Nottingham to make sure they attend! Here are the details:
This exhibition brings together a wide variety of sexual images from Roman art and archaeology and investigates what they meant to those who made and used them. It begins by looking at how Victorian attitudes have affected the way we have collected, displayed and studied these objects including the centrepiece of this exhibition, The Warren Cup. This Roman silver cup, decorated with scenes of homosexual love, is one of the highlights of the British Museum and is central to a wider discussion on sex and sexuality in the Roman world. The exhibition also looks at concepts of sacred and profane love, and the gods, goddesses and myths associated with sexuality. Finally, objects are displayed which to modern eyes may appear to be sexual but which to Roman eyes were not. Instead these objects were filled with other meanings to the Romans, such as fertility, superstition and humour.
This exhibition contains objects from the collections of the British Museum and University of Nottingham alongside pieces from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.