Women of the Ancient World


The first part of this three-part program is called Drapery as an Art Form — Women as Property and deals with the freedom of women in ancient Crete vs. the virtual imprisonment of women in Classical Greece. The second part of this program, The Matron of Society, talks about women of position in Ancient Rome. The third part of this program, Women of Power, gives insight into a completely different culture of the ancient world — the Celts. The Celts were one of the few cultures to give women real power in all aspects of life — government, war, and religion. Women could rule, fight, or speak with the gods.

As with her other Living History Lectures, a question and answer period follows.

This program is suitable for elementary grades on up. It has been given as a general history program to younger students, a cultural background program for history students, and as a clothing program for costume and design students. The program is especially beneficial for college-level art and history students because of the hands-on experience they gain concerning the roles of women in the ancient world. It is also a fun cultural event for general adult audiences and lovers of history and clothing.

Tames studied theater and history at Willamette University in Oregon, and theater at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Dell Arte School in California. Throughout her theatrical career, she maintained her interest in history and costuming. Tames has taught fashion history at the Art Institute of Seattle, offering a class that combined fashion history, social history, and women’s studies. More recently, she has been a speaker for the Washington State Commission for the Humanities in their Inquiring Minds series.