Hermione Grammatike

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The Roman portrait mummy, known as Hermione, is part of the Egyptian collection in the Lawrence Room Collections at Girton College. She dates from the early first century AD, and was discovered in the Roman cemetery at Hawara, south west of Cairo, by the pioneering archaeologist William Flinders Petrie. The label on her portrait marks her out as a young woman distinguished for learning and thus truly exceptional in the Julio-Claudian age. Because of the inscription, Flinders Petrie and his wife, Hilda, were keen that she should go to a women's college, and in 1911 Girton's students and senior members quickly raised the considerable sum of £20, with an extra £5 and 10s, to pay for a case, to ensure that Hermione went to Girton.

Girton College, University of Cambridge



Hermione Grammatike


AD 1–100


encaustic (oil, wax, & pigment) on linen


H 30.5 x W 21 cm

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purchased by the students and senior members at Girton College, 1911

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