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‘The Masterpieces of Greek Love Myths at the MET’ Webinar

August 8, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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While most cultures throughout the world have a set of myths passed down from generation to generation, none ever produced such an amazing body of traditional stories as the ancient Greeks. But what myths in particular have interested us the most? And how has art captured these stories and kept their traditions alive in Western cultures? From love to sex and everything in between, it’s time to explore the Greek love myths featured at one of the world’s greatest art museums.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum of art (MET) that illustrate the deep truths, and oddities, of countless Greek love myths.

Led by Dr. Andrew Lear, a world-renowned expert on gender history and NYC tour guide, our virtual romp through the museum will include:

  • A study of masterpieces focusing on mighty Aphrodite and her son, Eros, the god of desire
  • Art that showcases the many loves of Zeus, king of the gods, and the animals he transforms himself into to get his way
  • A look at the portrayal of Aphrodite and Adonis — and how sleeping with a goddess never turns out well
  • Works that tell the messy tale of Theseus, Ariadne, and the Minotaur, ripe with everything from bestial desires and a monstrous birth to human sacrifice and betrayal
  • A discussion of same-sex loves of the gods, including Zeus and Ganymede, Zeus (disguised as a woman) and Callisto, and others
  • The story of Pygmalion, which we know as My Fair Lady — but in which the Greeks saw a nasty narcissistic, incestuous side

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Andrew — any and all questions about these Greek love myth masterpieces are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Andrew

Prof. Andrew Lear is a renowned expert on gender and sexuality in Greek and Roman antiquity. During his academic career, he taught at Harvard, Pomona College, and NYU. In recent years, he has founded Oscar Wilde Tours, the LGBTQ history and culture tour company and Shady Ladies Tours, a women’s history and culture tour company. He is also working with actor/author Stephen Fry on a podcast about the “Scandals and Secrets of London’s National Portrait Gallery.”


“Being a British Greek Cypriot, I’ve grown up immersed in the stories of Greek mythology and have always loved them as the beautiful stories they are. I really enjoyed listening to Andrew telling the stories of each of the love myths and his sometimes amusing take on each one. His knowledge was brilliant and he kept me engaged throughout – I would definitely recommend this webinar to others. Thank you, Andrew!” -Aliki

“Good discussional style presentation with a lot of information and inclusion of “personal” perspective kept it from being dryly academic” -Leon

“Very informative and entertaining. Would be interested in attending more webinars with this presenter.” -Lucy

“The subject of love in the works shown.” -Elly


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