Practice and Personal Experience in Ancient Religion

APA Annual Meeting
January 8-11, 2015
New Orleans, LA

In recent years, the religious experience of individuals in the ancient world, which for many years had taken a back seat to studies emphasizing state religion, has come to the fore.  Instead of either despairing or entirely disregarding questions on issues such as subjective experience or personal religiosity, scholars have begun to explore the world of individuals’ lived experiences and practices.

The Society of Ancient Mediterranean Religions invites scholars and students of the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern religions, as well as early Christianity and Judaism, to submit abstracts that address one aspect of personal experience and/or practice in ancient religion. Such aspects might include (but are not limited to):

healing practices
rites accompanying birth and death
household practices
methodological challenges to studying personal experience
the possibility of studying belief through such practices

Abstracts should be submitted by email attachment as .doc or .rtf files to  and should be from 500-600 words in length for a paper to last between 15 to 20 minutes.  Abstracts should contain a title and a word count, but should not have any information regarding the identity of the submitter.  For further information about abstract format, please see the APA Program Guide. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 15, 2014, and all abstracts for papers will be reviewed anonymously.   For further information, please contact Eric Orlin, Department of Classics, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 98416.