Symposium: The Horse in Ancient Greek Art

Horses hooved and winged, chariots, centaurs, and satyrs – the ancient Greeks were mad for horses. This symposium features contributors to The Horse in Ancient Greek Art catalogue and explores equestrian art and culture in ancient Greece, from the social prestige of owning and racing horses and chariots to the fabulous stories and myths the Greeks told about these creatures. Hosted at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this program celebrates the exhibition The Horse in Ancient Greek Art co-curated by Nicole Stribling of the National Sporting Library & Museum, and Dr. Peter Schertz of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Featured Speakers & Topics*

“Noble Steeds: The Origins of the Horse in Greek Art”
Dr. Séan Hemingway, John A. and Carole O. Moran Acting Curator in Charge, Department of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

“Riding in Ancient Greece”
Dr. Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, George Mason University

“Horses on Ancient Coins”
Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director, The American Numismatic Society

“Mythological Horses in Ancient Greek Art”
Dr. John Oakley, Chancellor Professor and Forrest D. Murden, Jr. Professor, College of William & Mary

“Riders and Victors: Competing on Horseback in Archaic and Classical Greek Art”
Dr. Seth Pevnick, Chief Curator and Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Tampa Museum of Art

“From Myth to Mystery: The Chariot in Ancient Greek Art”
Dr. Peter Schertz, Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, and to register, please visit

*Note: This event is at the VMFA in Richmond, Virginia


Image Credit:

Knob-handled Patera, ca. 320 BCE, attributed to the White Saccos-Chariot Group Painter, Greek (South Italian, Apulia), terracotta. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, 81.89

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