NCF Alum Presents: Defining a Hero: An Exploration of Greek Mythologies and Wonder Woman

From Elizabethtown College, April 2, 2019

What makes a woman a hero? Is she defined as one by her ability to fight or the power that she wields just from being a woman? That was the core question that was posed during Jennifer Besse’s lecture, “Wonder Women: Amazons, Warriors, and Witches in Greek Mythology,” held on Monday, March 18 in the High Library. As the name of the lecture suggests, Besse explored several famous mythological women, ranging from Pandora to Hippolyta, who are featured in Greek Mythology. Each possesses their own individualized set of strengths and weaknesses that made them a hero within Ancient Greek society.

Besse also spent much of the night discussing ancient socio-political issues that affected the way women were regarded in ancient times and even stretched to and invaded modern day’s issues.

“It was interesting to see what Ancient Greeks considered to be the definition of a hero and their criteria for one,” Julia Raup-Collado a senior English literature major who attended the event commented.” It differs from today’s [criteria], although you can also see where such themes were adopted and reformatted for modern times.”

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Jennifer Besse earned her bachelor’s in classics and archaeology at the New College of Florida, before pursuing her masters in classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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