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Axiothea

Flourished circa 350 B.C.E., b. in Phlius, ancient Greece

In The Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Diogenes Laertius (third century C.E.) lists various members of Plato’s Academy, among them two women: Lastheneia of Mantinea and Axiothea of Phlius. After Plato’s death in 347 B.C.E., both women continued to study philosophy at the Academy. Other sources relate that Axiothea dressed as a man in order to attend the lectures.

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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