Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Aemilia

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Aemilia
Flourished late 3rd–early 4th century A.D., Gaul

Aemilia Hilaria, aunt of the poet and rhetorician Ausonius (circa 310–395), was a physician who lived near the Moselle River in Gaul (now known as modern day France). According to her nephew, who wrote a series of poems on family members entitled Parentalia, Aemilia was a "dedicated virgin," rejecting marriage as a hindrance to a career, and "occupied herself in the art of healing, like a man."

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