2013 Meeting of the Midwest Consortium on Ancient Religions


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  • Host Department: Department of Classical Studies
  • Date: 11/01/2013 - 11/02/2013
  • Time: 2:00 PM

  • Location: Classics Library, 2175 Angell Hall

  • Description:

    The Religious Life of Things

    2013 Meeting of the Midwest Consortium on Ancient Religions

    Friday, November 1
    1:45 Welcome: Celia Schultz, Dept. of Classical Studies,
    University of Michigan

    2:00 Session I: Animate Things
    Divine Automata and Religious Robots, Clara Bosak-Schroeder, Dept. of Classical Studies, University of Michigan

    Prostitution and Pilgrimage in Aristophanes' Peace, Donald Sells, Dept. of Classical Studies, University of Michigan

    Idols, not Rabbis: Irreligious Objects and Religious Subjects, Rachel Neis, Dept. of History and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan

    4:30 Keynote Address
    From Thing to Sacred Object: The Proprioceptive Experience of Religion in Greek Antiquity
    , Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Dept. of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

    Saturday, November 2
    9:30 Session II: Little Things
    Objects of Private Devotion in Roman and Late Antique Greece: Statuettes of Asklepios from the Athenian Agora
    , Brian Martens, Dept. of English, Creighton University

    Take It (Home?) With You: the Religious Life of Mid-Republican Pocula Wares, Dan-El Padilla Peralta, Department of Classics, Stanford University

    Miniature Statues as Amulets, Chris Faraone, Dept. of Classics, University of Chicago

    12:45 Session III: Kinds of Things
    The Furniture of the Gods
    , Hank Blume, Dept. of Classics, Ohio State

    The Religious Life of Roman Plunder, Isabel Köster, Dept. of Classics,
    Washington and Lee University

    Gold Has Many Uses: Further on Gold Tablets, Fritz Graf, Dept. of  Classics, Ohio State University

    3:15 Session IV: Symbolic Things
    Omen and Anti-Omen: The Role of the Scarlet Wool in the Scapegoat Ritual of the Day of Atonement, Mira Balberg, Dept. of Religious  Studies, Northwestern University

    Pambo's Basket: Ascetic Gift Exchange in the Lausiac History, Beth Platte, Dept. of Classics, Kalamazoo College

    4:45  Concluding Remarks: Ian Moyer, Dept. of History, University of