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What you’ll do

Hear from Professor Caroline Vout, author of ‘Exposed: The Greek and Roman Body’, about the reality of bodies in the Classical era. Most bodies were no more similar to the perfect ideals of statues than our bodies are today. Vout will talk about her research on how anxious, ailing, imperfect and diverse bodies were more prevalent than you might expect in Ancient Greece and Rome.

This event may include discussion of historical threats of sexual violence.

There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Read an extract from the book here: ‘Naked, not nude’.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Reading Room on level 2. You can walk up the spiral staircase to the Reading Room door, or take the lift up and then head left from the Library Desk.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.

British Sign Language

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your speaker

Black and white photograph of author Caroline Vout

Caroline Vout

Caroline Vout is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. She is also Director of Cambridge’s Museum of Classical Archaeology and has curated exhibitions at the Fitzwilliam Museum and at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. Carrie has appeared on ‘Woman’s Hour’ and ‘In Our Time’, and contributed pieces to magazines such as Apollo, Minerva, History Today, and to the Times Literary Supplement and Observer. In 2012 and 2013, she chaired the judging panel of the John D Criticos Prize, and from 2019 to 2024 holds the Byvanck Chair at Leiden University. She has given public lectures across the world, and is regularly invited to talk to schools.