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Perictyone

Flourished 4th–3rd century B.C.E., Athens, ancient Greece

Recent scholars have identified two female philosophers named Perictyone (Perictione) in ancient Greece: Perictyone I, author of On the Harmony of Women (circa 425–300 B.C.E.), and Perictyone II, author of On Wisdom (ca. 300–200 B.C.E.). Both were Neo-Pythagoreans, followers of the ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. At one time, it was thought that Perictyone I was the mother of Plato, but this is unlikely.

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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