New Exhibition: Daughters of Hekate: Ushering in a Classical Revival



The Archives is proud to announce a new exhibition on display in the lobby of Wollman Library, Lehman Hall.

Daughters of Hekate: Ushering in A Classical Revival.
Images of Dedications & Invocations in Greek Games 1913-1927.

Sophmore dancers 1914
Sophmore dancers performing, with chorus in background, Greek Games,
Barnard Gymnasium, 1914. Courtesy of the Barnard College Archives.


Text by Johana Godfrey ‘13

The Greek Games, first held in 1903 and continuing through 1969, were started as an attempt to accurately recreate the athletic competitions of heroic Greece.  The freshman and sophomore class competed against each other in categories of dance, original poetry and song composition, discus throwing, hurdling, hoop rolling, torch races, and chariot races.  Each Greek Game was dedicated to a certain God or Goddess.  Barnard’s involvement in the Greek Games signals a dedication to the paradigms of neoclassical, liberal scholarship that Barnard College and Columbia University were founded on.