Goddesses, Empresses, Sphinxes: Matriarchy at the Crossroads to Patriarchy

Saturday 11th June 2016 2.00pm
37a Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU nearest tube Farringdon
The Socialist History Society AGM will take place at 1pm in the same venue before the public meeting

In his recent book ‘Work, Sex and Power’ Professor Willie Thompson comments: ‘The history of civilisation is also the history of misogyny’. Greta Sykes will take up Willie Thompson’s thread from the age of Antiquity to explore current narratives about Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Byzantium. How did early humans experience the male-female competition for power and social control? What is the role of sexuality in this struggle? What can mythologies add to our understanding of this process and how did early historians and poets, such as Ephorus of Cyme, Herodotus and Aeschylus inform the Classical World about life at the beginning of civilisation?

Greta Sykes is a child psychologist who is currently an Associate Researcher at UCL.
She is a poet (see Liveencounters.net March 2016) and her novel about the Weimar Republic ‘Under Charred Skies’ came out recently.