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Sara Milstein promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Sara Milstein has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Sara’s scholarship is viewed by leading experts in the field as thought-provoking and innovative and we are fortunate to have her among our faculty. In addition, Sara is an award-winning teacher and a caring, contributing, department citizen.

Archaeology of Mithraism Oct 23-29 in Alba Iulia, Romania

Dr. Matthew McCarty, Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology, is on the organizing committee of an international conference on the Archaeology of Mithraism taking place this October 23-29 in Alba Iulia, Romania. Dr. McCarty has been involved in excavations at the Apulum Mithraeum III in Alba Iulia as well.

Here is some information from the conference website:

Despite being known primarily from its material remains, cults of Mithras across the empire have rarely been studied side-by-side from an archaeological perspective to answer questions about connectivity and ritual practice. The canonical studies of the cult focus instead on monumental remains, on images, and on questions of doctrine and belief. Yet this insistence on understanding symbolic content of a cult stands in sharp contrast to the directions of scholarship on Roman religion more broadly. It is widely accepted that religion in the Roman world was predicated upon ritual practice. There was no doctrine, or orthodoxy; instead, any propositional claims concerning divine powers were made, learned, and proved via action: “faire, c’est croire.”As an integral part of this ritualized religious system, Mithraism ought to be studied first on the basis of its practices, and new scientific excavations of mithraea offer the unique opportunity to see the ways that ancient worshippers conducted their rites.

To harness the possibilities of archaeological approaches to Mithraism, this colloquium will bring together scholars from across Europe and North America who have excavated or worked closely with the material remains from mithraea. Many of these sites remain un- or only partially published; the opportunity to share and discuss this material is thus doubly important for moving Mithraic studies forward. Alba Iulia, the site of a newly discovered mithraeum (and the first to be scientifically excavated in the province of Dacia), will host the gathering.

For more information visit:

Professor Katharine (Kat) Huemoeller gives the goods on the Ides of March

Listen to Professor Huemoeller talk to Chris Walker on Daybreak South about the Ides of March, that most fateful of political anniversaries:

Daybreak South, March 15, 2017

(Dr. Heumoeller’s piece starts at about 11 minutes in)


RELG 475E/RELG 500B The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Modern Contexts

An exploration of the Bible’s continued influence in today’s world, with attention to how and why the Bible continues to be recycled in so many different contexts.


RELG 475E/RELG 500B The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Modern Contexts

An exploration of the Bible’s continued influence in today’s world, with attention to how and why the Bible continues to be recycled in so many different contexts.


RELG 330 Origins of Judaism

This course surveys the history and literature of Jews and Judaism during the Second Temple era. It covers the formative age of Judaism, from the destruction of the First Jerusalem Temple in 586 B.C.E. to the Babylonian Exile, through the Hellenistic and Early Roman ages, to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., and ends with the beginnings of the rabbinic movement (c. 200 C.E.). This course will also provide a broad context for the emergence of early Christianity and the so-called “parting of the ways” with Judaism. We will read from an array of primary sources (all in English translation), including the Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic Jewish writings (e.g. Philo and Josephus), and end with a taste of early rabbinic texts (Mishnah). We will also closely examine archaeological finds from the era, including inscriptions, remains of ancient synagogues, temples, pottery, coins, and works of ancient art.


RELG 209 Eden to Exile: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 

A beginner’s guide to reading the Hebrew Bible (“Old Testament”) from an academic perspective, with attention to how and why it came to be in its current form.


CLST 111 Introduction to the history, culture, society of ancient Rome, with a focus on the period between 63 BCE and 14 CE, covering the collapse of the Roman Republic, the dictatorship of Julius Caesar, and the reign of Augustus.

Special attention will be paid to literature and art.

New book by Cillian O’Hogan

 Cillian O’Hogan’s book, Prudentius and the Landcapes of Late Antiquity, has been published by Oxford University Press. The book offers a thematic analysis of the poetry of the late Latin poet Prudentius, focusing in particular on his descriptions of the geographical and cultural landscapes of late antiquity.



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