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Aspasia of Athens

Flourished circa 5th century C.E., Athens, ancient Greece

Little is known of the life of the Athenian physician Aspasia. Her medical writings are recorded in the Tetrabiblion of Aetius, a book on gynecology by Aetius of Amida (502–575), the royal physician to Justinian I (reigned 527–565), and she is mentioned in correspondence between Aetius and the emperor. Apparently she practiced obstetrics and gynecology, and seems to have been Aetius’ teacher.

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). <em>The Dinner Party</em> (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
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

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