Tales from antiquity to mark LGBT history month

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A museum in London will be hosting free seminars and a free exhibition as part of LGBT history month in February.

Throughout the month the Petrie museum will be host to Legacy, an exhibition of paintings from the London based artist Andrew Prior.

The work will feature paintings of Andrew’s acquaintances as well as his visions of Hadrian and Antinous, and are all based on the Roman Mummy portraits of Hawara.

The exhibition will be open from 13.00-17.00 Tuesday to Friday and 11.00-14.00 on Saturdays.

On 5th February there is an opportunity to listen to Dr Debbie Challis’ seminar Desire and Papyrus: The Discovery Of Fragments Of Sappho In Egypt (LGBT).

This seminar will concentrate on the how the poetry of Sappho, a Greek poetess, was received in the literature and art of 19th century.

The talk will concentrate on how pieces of poetry written by Sappho that were found in Egypt helped to overturn her image. This seminar will run from 6pm-8pm.

On 26th February, there will be a seminar called Antinous: Gay Icon?

This will concentrate on Hadrian’s lover Antinous and his influence throughout history, with John J. Johnston speaking on the role on Antinous and that of sexuality in Roman Egypt and Cathie Bryan continuing with Antinous’ influence into a more modern era.

The Petrie Museum can be found at University College London, Malet Street, London. WC1E 6BT.

For more information www.petrie.ucl.ac.uk