Voicing the Naiads: Women, Classics and the Victorians by Manchester Art Gallery published on 2018-12-20T13:16:43Z In this talk, Roberta Mazza analyses John William Waterhouse’s painting Hylas and the Nymphs from the perspective of a feminist classicist and ancient historian. She explains how the reaction to the removal of the painting from display(for 7 days during February 2018) led her to reconsider the myth and its multiple meanings in the course of time: is it possible to give a new, post-Victorian voice to the Naiads? What do they have to say to people living in 2018 Manchester? Roberta Mazza is a Lecturer at the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Manchester. She specialises on Egypt under the Roman empire and papyrology, and teaches a course unit on Roman Women through objects. Her academic blog, Faces and Voices, discusses various topics related with her research and why antiquity still matters.