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More than Glitter: Jewelry in Ancient Greece and Etruria


Gold necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry made by ancient goldsmiths still attract attention today. Their expert manufacture, intricate detail, and lavish use of precious metal evoke images of glittering women and men, enriching our understanding of Greek and Etruscan costume. But what do we know about how and when men, women, and even children, used jewelry?

On Tuesday, October 24th, Dr. Alexis Castor, of Franklin and Marshall College, will discuss how people of all ages wore personal ornaments as protective amulets against harm, to show badges of office, to enchant, and to display wealth. Jewelry also served as wearable wealth that could be melted down in times of crisis. This lecture explores ways that jewelry functioned as bridal gifts, heirlooms, and even played a role in espionage. Beyond the shimmer of metal, these ornaments served as a beautiful, practical form of personal wealth.

Dr. Castor is Associate Professor of Classics at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She received her MA and PhD in Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College.

The lecture, which is supported by the Archaeological Institute of America, The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, and Vanderbilt University's Department of Classical and Mediterranean Studies, will take place at the Parthenon at 6:00 p.m., with a reception following. Admission is free, but reservations are requested (615-862-8431). Dr. Castor is giving this year's Anita Krause Bader lecture in Mediterranean Archaeology for the AIA's National Lecture Program.


Food Trucks in Front of the Parthenon


Food Trucks in Front of the Parthenon

Grab lunch in Centennial Park Thursday, Friday, or Saturday this week! We'll have Food Trucks set up in front of the Parthenon from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Keep up to date each week to find out which trucks will be there!

September 14 - Florinda's Cocina
September 15 - Roadhouse Grille
September 17 - Frisson Soft Serve


NFOCUS Honors Conservancy Chair Members


Read below the article in which NFocus honors Conservancy Gala honorary chairs members Clare Armistead, Ellen Martin, and Hope Stringer. They have been fundamental in helping with the preservation and restoration of Nashville Centennial Park and we are so proud that they are part of our team.

View the full article here.


A Day at the Fair with the David Ewing Collection Reception and Gallery Talk


Join us on Tuesday, September 19 at the Parthenon from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for a reception and gallery talk with David Ewing. David Ewing will expound on the artifacts in A Day at the Fair and how these materials document the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the origins of Centennial Park, and the history of Nashville. Located in the Parthenon's West Gallery, the ongoing exhibit A Day at the Fair, with the David Ewing Collection, is now in its third edition with the 2017 volume showcasing over 65 artifacts that have never been displayed before. The expansion continues to give Parthenon guests a glimpse at the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition while also including an epilogue about the fair's impact on Nashville's emergence as a cultural center in the twentieth century.