WHAT’S RELIGIOUS ABOUT ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN RELIGIONS?

PROGRAM FOR SAMR CONFERENCE IN ROME, JUNE 2009

Welcome and Introductions

Father José Maria Abrego de Lacy, S.J., Rector, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy

Barbette Spaeth, Department of Classical Studies, College of William and Mary, United States

Session One

Chair: Carin Green, Department of Classics, University of Iowa, United States

  • Steven Gregory, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom: Pharaoh or Prelate: considerations regarding context-specific terminology describing an Egyptian king
  • Lauren Petersen, Department of Art History, University of Delaware, United States: The Places of Isis in Roman Religion: An Archaeological Perspective
  • Respondents: Giuseppina Capriotti Vittozzi, Istituto di Studi sulle Civiltà Italiche e del Mediterraneo Antico, Rome, Italy and Fred Brenk, S.J., Pontifical
    Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy.

Session Two

Chair: Greg Snyder, Department of Religion, Davidson College, United States

  • Laura Gawlinski, Department of Classical Studies, Loyola University of Chicago, United States: Finding the Sacred in Greek Sacred Law
  • Giovanni Casadio, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, Università di Salerno, Italy: From Eusebia to Threskeia : Modes of Religion in Ancient Greece
  • Gabrielle Cornelli, Departamento de Filosofia, Universidade de Brasilia, and Andre Chevitarese, Universidade Federal do Rio di Janeiro, Brazil:Il Religioso Sincretico nella Cultura Ellenistica Mediterranea
  • Respondents: Sandra Blakely, Department of Classics, Emory University, United States and Ennio Sanzi, Università di Messina, Italy

Session Three

Chair: Kim Stratton, Department of Religion, Carleton University, Canada

  • Joseph Groves, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, United States: Divine Specifics: Interpreting Livy’s Prodigy Lists
  • Jenn Cianca, Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Canada: Sacra Privata: the Religiosity of the Roman Domestic Cult and its Impact on Early Christianity
  • Respondent: Charles Guittard, Société Ernest Renan, Université Paris 10, France

Session Four

Chair: Eric Orlin, Department of Classics, University of Puget Sound, United States

  • Carly Daniel-Hughes, Department of Religion, Concordia University, Canada: Donning the Veil: Religion and Politics in the Imperial Portraiture of Roman Women
  • Jeffrey Brodd, Department of Humanities & Religious Studies, California State University, Sacramento, United States: Defying ‘Religion’: Roman Challenges to Modern Conceptual Constructs
  • Respondents: Marina Piranomonte, Soprintendenza Archaeologica di Roma, Italy and Steven Muir, Department of Religious Studies, Concordia University, Canada
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