RADCLIFFE G. EDMONDS III

redmonds@brynmawr.edu

http://www.brynmawr.edu/classics/redmonds

 

Education:

University of Chicago: Classical Languages and Literatures  M.A. 12/94, Ph.D.  6/99.

Yale University:   Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude with distinction, 6/92.

 

Dissertation:   (Advisors: Christopher Faraone, Bruce Lincoln, Martha Nussbaum )

A Path Neither Simple Nor Single:  The Use of Myth in Plato, Aristophanes, and the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets 

 

Academic Honors:

Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship, 2007-2008

Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, 2004-2005

Dissertation Fellowship, Chicago Humanities Institute, 1998-9
(now the Franke Institute for the Humanities)

Junior Fellowship, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, 1997-8
(now the Martin Marty Center)

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Isthmia Excavation Project, 1995

University of Chicago Century Fellowship, 1993-1997 

Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University, 1991

 

Research and Teaching Interests:

Greek mythology, religions of the ancient Greek and Roman world, ‘Orphism’ and Orphica, especially the ‘Orphic’ gold tablets, magic in the Greco-Roman world, eros in Greek culture, Greek social and intellectual history, Plato and Platonic philosophy.

 

Publications:

Books

1.     Myths of the Underworld Journey: Plato, Aristophanes, and the ‘Orphic’ Gold Tablets, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Reviews: Bernabé Aestimatio 2006 3: 1-13; des Bouvrie Journal of Religion 2006 86.1: 153-154; Bruss BMCR 2005.04.66; Burkert Gnomon 2007 79.4: 294-297; Clark Hermathena 2005 179: 215-219; Collobert Ancient Philosophy 2007 27.1: 219-223; Halliwell Notre Dame Philosophy Reviews 2005.05.01; Pirenne-Delforge L’Antiquité Classique 2006 75: 429-430; Rice Journal of Hellenic Studies 2006 126: 160-161.

 

2.     The Orphic Gold Tablets and Greek Religion: Further Along the Path, Cambridge University Press, 2011. [editor, also contributed introduction, critical edition of texts with translations, and one chapter]

Reviews: Eidinow sehepunkte 11 (2011), Nr. 12; Pinchard BMCR 2011.10.54.

 

3.     Redefining Ancient Orphism: A Study in Greek Religion, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

 

4.     Drawing Down the Moon: Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World (book in preparation, under contract at Princeton University Press)

 

5.     Plato and the Power of Images, (volume edited with Pierre Destrée, planned for Brill).

 

Articles

1.     “Tearing Apart the Zagreus Myth:  A Few Disparaging Remarks on Orphism and Original Sin,” Classical Antiquity  18.1 (1999), pp. 35-73. 

2.     “Socrates the Beautiful: Role Reversal and Midwifery in Plato's Symposium,”  Transactions of the American Philological Association 130 (2000), pp. 261-285.

3.     “Did the Mithraists Inhale?  - A Technique for Theurgic Ascent in the Mithras Liturgy, the Chaldaean Oracles, and some Mithraic Frescoes,” Ancient World 32.1 (2000), pp. 10-24.

4.     “Who in Hell is Heracles?  Dionysos' Disastrous Disguise in Aristophanes' Frogs,” in Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives:  New Critical Perspectives, eds. Dodds & Faraone, Routledge 2003, pp. 181-200.

5.     “At the Seizure of the Moon:  The Absence of the Moon in the Mithras Liturgy,” in Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World, eds. Noegel, Walker, & Wheeler, Penn State University Press, 2003, pp. 223-239.

6.     “Faces of the Moon: Cosmology, Genesis, and the Mithras Liturgy,” in Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions, eds. Ra'anan S. Boustan & Annette Yoshiko Reed, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 275-295.

7.     “To Sit in Solemn Silence? Thronosis in Ritual, Myth, and Iconography,” American Journal of Philology 127.3 (2006), pp. 347-366.

8.     “Extra-ordinary People: Mystai and Magoi, Magicians and Orphics in the Derveni Papyrus,” Classical Philology 103 (2008), pp. 16-39.

9.     “Recycling Laertes' Shroud:  More on Orphism and Original Sin,” (published online in 2008 at the Center for Hellenic Studies: http://chs.harvard.edu/chs/redmonds).

10.  “Who are you?  Mythic Narrative and Identity in the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets,” in Mystic Cults in Magna Grecia, ed. Patricia Johnston & Giovanni Casadio, University of Texas Press (2009), pp. 73-94.

11.  “A Curious Concoction:  Tradition and Innovation in Olympiodorus' ‘Orphic’ Creation of Mankind” American Journal of Philology 130 (2009), pp. 511–532.

12.  “The Children of Earth and Starry Heaven:  The Meaning and Function of the Formula in the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets,” in Orfeo y el orfismo: nuevas perspectivas, Alberto Bernabé, Francesc Casadesús y Marco Antonio Santamaría (eds.), Alicante : Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes (2010), pp. 98-121.

13.  “Blaming the Witch:  Some Reflections upon Unexpected Death,” in Women and Gender in Ancient Religions: Interdisciplinary Approaches, ed. S. Ahearne-Kroll & J. Kelhoffer. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (2010): 241-254.

14.  “The Bright Cypress of the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets: Direction and Illumination in Myths of the Underworld,” in Light and darkness in ancient Greek myth and religion, eds. M. Christopoulos, E. Karakantza, & O. Levaniouk. Lanham, Md: Lexington Books. (2010), pp. 221-234.

15.  Entries for “Afterlife”, “Necromancy”, “Styx”, and “Underworld” in The Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg, Wiley-Blackwell (2010).

16.  “Who are you? A brief history of the scholarship” in The Orphic Gold Tablets and Greek Religion, ed. Edmonds, Cambridge (2011), pp. 3-14.

17.  “Texts and Translations” in The Orphic Gold Tablets and Greek Religion, ed. Edmonds, Cambridge (2011), pp. 15-50.

18.  “Sacred Scripture or Oracles for the Dead?  The Semiotic Situation of the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets,” in The Orphic Gold Tablets and Greek Religion, ed. Edmonds, Cambridge (2011), pp. 257-270.

19.  “Orphic Mythology” in A companion to Greek mythology. Eds. Dowden, K., & Livingstone, N. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. (2011), pp. 73-106.

20.         “Festivals in the Afterlife:  A New Reading of the Petelia Tablet (OF 476.11)” in Tracing Orpheus. Studies of Orphic Fragments. Herrero de Jáuregui, M., Jiménez San Cristóbal, A., Luján Martínez, E., Hernández, R., Santamaría Álvarez, M., & Torallas Tovar, S. (2011), pp. 185-188.

21.  “Whip Scars on the Naked Soul: Myth and Elenchos in Plato's Gorgias” in Platonic Myths: Status, Uses, and Functions, ed. Collobert, Destrée & Gonzalez, Brill (2012), pp. 165-186.

22.  “Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press. (http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195389661/obo-9780195389661-0107.xml)

23.  “Dionysos in Egypt? Epaphian Dionysos in the Orphic Hymns”, in A. Bernabé, M. Herrero de Jáuregui, A. I. Jiménez San Cristóbal, R. Martín Hernández (eds.), Redefining Dionysos, Walter De Gruyter, Berlin / Boston, 2013, 415 – 432.

 

 “The Ephesia Grammata: Logos Orphaikos or Apolline Alexima pharmaka?” in The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mysteries in Ancient Selinous, ed. Christopher Faraone & Dirk Obbink (forthcoming Oxford University Press).

“Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: Erotic Magic in the Greco-Roman World” in Blackwell Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities, ed. T. Hubbard. (forthcoming)

“Persephone and Ļοινή: Recompense for the Powers of the Underworld in the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets and Pindar fr. 133,” in Ritual Texts for the Afterlife, ed., Graf, Fritz, (forthcoming).

 Imagining the Afterlife in Greek Religion” in Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, eds. Eidinow, Esther & Julia Kindt, (forthcoming Oxford University Press).

“A Lively Afterlife and Beyond:  The Soul in Plato, Homer, and the Orphica,” in Platon et ses prédécesseurs – Psukhź: Les Etudes Platoniciennes (forthcoming).

“Misleading and Unclear to the Many: Allegory in the Derveni Papyrus and the Orphic Theogony of Hieronymus”, in 50 Years of the Discovery of the Derveni Papyrus (1962-2012), ed. Santamaria (forthcoming Oxford University Press).

Entries for “Orphism and Orphica,” “Derveni Papyrus,” “Magic,” “Hecate” and “Curse Tablets” for the Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, ed. Eric Orlin, (forthcoming Routledge).

“There and Back Again: Temporary Immortality in the Mithras Liturgy”, Conversion and Initiation in Antiquity: shifting identities - creating change, ed. Birgitte BŅgh, (forthcoming Peter Lang, Early Christianity in the Context of Antiquity series).

 

Reviews:

1.     Felton, D., Haunted Greece and Rome in Archaeology Odyssey, March/April 2000, pp. 56-58.

2.     Brisson, Luc, Plato the Mythmaker in Journal of the History of Religions 40.2 (2000), pp. 179-182.

3.     Luck, Georg, Ancient Pathways and Hidden Pursuits in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (01.01.01).

4.     Morgan, Kathryn A., Myth and Philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Plato, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (01.06.18).

5.     Ogden, Daniel, Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds. A Sourcebook, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (03.07.01).

6.     Detienne, Marcel, The Writing of Orpheus, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (04.07.54).

7.     Bernabé, Albertus (ed.), Orphicorum et Orphicis similium testimonia et fragmenta. Poetae Epici Graeci. Pars II. Fasc. 1 in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (04.12.29).

8.     Graf, Fritz, and Johnston, Sarah Iles, Ritual Texts for the Afterlife. Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (07.10.35).

9.     Bernabé Pajares, Alberto, and Ana Isabel Jiménez San Cristóbal, Instructions for the Netherworld: The Orphic Gold Tablets in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (08.10.16).

10.  Stratton, Kimberly B. Naming the Witch: Magic, Ideology, and Stereotype in the Ancient World in Women's History Review (2011).

11.  Tzifopoulos, Yannis.  ‘Paradise’ Earned:  The Bacchic-Orphic Lamellae of Crete in Classical World 105.2 (2012), pp. 280-281.

12.  Martin, MichaĎl. La magie dans l'Antiquité in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2012.07.04).

13.  Schlesier, Renate, ed. A Different God? Dionysos and ancient polytheism in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2013.07.38).

14.  Wilburn, Andrew. Materia Magica:  The Archaeology of Magic in Roman Egypt, Cyprus and Spain in The Marginalia Review (forthcoming)

 

Reviews of book proposals for Routledge Press, Continuum Books, Blackwell Press, Focus Press, Cambridge University Press, and Princeton University Press.

Reviews of articles for Classical Antiquity, Classical Journal, Classical World, Kernos, Transactions of the American Philological Association, Arethusa, Mnemosyne, History of Religions, Numen, Phoenix, and American Journal of Philology.

Editorial Board:  Religion Compass – Graeco-Roman Religions

 

 

Presentations:

“There and Back Again: Temporary Immortality in the Mithras Liturgy”, presented at Conversion and Initiation in Antiquity: shifting identities - creating change, in Ebeltoft, Denmark, 1st – 4th December 2012.

 “Broken Snatches of Sweet Melody:  Piecing Together the Orphic Rhapsodies”, presented at Religion in Pieces: An Interdisciplinary Conference, sponsored by the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, April 28, 2012.

 “An Absence of Orphics : Redefining Ancient Orphism”, in the series Théologies et mystiques de la GrŹce hellénistique et de la fin de l’Antiquité at École Pratique Des Hautes Études, Paris, March 9, 2012.

“Misleading and Unclear to the Many: Allegory in the Derveni Papyrus and the Orphic Theogony of Hieronymus”, presented at Universidad Complutense Madrid, March 7, 2012, and at  Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, March 12, 2012.

 “A Lively Afterlife and Beyond:  The Soul in Plato, Homer, and the Orphica,” presented at Reading the way to the Netherworld: Education and the reception of the Beyond in Late Antiquity, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany), October 14, 2011.

“We prefer to approach the gods in holy places: Some Ancient Theorizations of Sacred Space”, presented at Locus Iste – Sacred Spaces, Divine Places in the Ancient World: An International Colloquium, April 8, 2011.  [organizer for this international conference]

“A Lively Afterlife and Beyond:  The Soul in Plato, Homer, and the Orphica,” presented at Platon et ses Prédécesseurs: Séminaire de la Société d’Études Platoniciennes, Université de Nanterres, Paris, January 7, 2011, and at Temple University, October 21, 2011.

“The Ephesia Grammata:  Logos Orphaikos or Apolline Alexima pharmaka?” presented at The Getty Hexameters: A Colloquium, Getty Museum, Malibu, CA, November 5, 2010.

“Dionysos in Egypt? Epaphian Dionysos in the Orphic Hymns” presented at Redefinir Dioniso / Redefining Dionysus, Madrid, February 3-6-2010, Facultad de Filología, Universidad Complutense.

“An Absence of Orphics:  Redefining Ancient Orphism” presented by invitation of the Graduate Students in Classics at Rutgers University, November 19, 2009.

“A Matter of Life and Death? Dismembering Dionysos in the Polis,” presented at Perceptions of Polis-Religion: Inside/Outside - A Symposium in Memory of Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, University of Reading, July 5, 2008 and Bridges between Life and Death: Dionysus, Mysteries and Magic in the Ancient Greek and Roman World, Friday, April 24, 2009 University of Chicago.

“Some Reflections upon Unexpected Death,” presented at Women in the Religious and Intellectual Activity of the Ancient Mediterranean World:  An Interdisciplinary and International Conference in Honor of Adela Yarbro Collins, March 15-17, 2009, Methodist Theological School in Ohio and The Ohio State University.

“A Hubbub of Books:  Redefining Ancient Orphism”, invited lecture at the University Seminar in Classical Civilization at Columbia University, presented October 16, 2008.

“Whip Scars on the Naked Soul: Myth and Elenchos in Plato's Gorgias,” presented at Uses, Functions, and Status of Platonic Myths, University of Ottawa, May 30, 2008.

“Orphic Mythology:  Redefining Ancient Orphism,” presented at University of Virginia, February 21, 2008.

“The Bright Cypress of the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets: Direction and Illumination in Myths of the Underworld,” presented at Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek & Roman Mythology and Religion, University of Patras, Greece, July 7, 2007.

“That Old Titanic Nature: Orphism and Plato Laws 701bc,” presented at the American Philological Association Meeting, San Diego, January 2007.

“Extra-ordinary People: Mystai and Magoi, Magicians and Orphics in the Derveni Papyrus,” presented at Swarthmore College, September 26, 2006, and at UCLA, May 21, 2007.

“Persephone and Ļοινή: Recompense for the powers of the Underworld in the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets and Pindar fr. 133,” presented at Ritual Texts for the Afterlife:  A Gold Tablets Conference, Ohio State University, April 28-30, 2006.

“A Curious Concoction:  Tradition and Innovation in Olympiodorus' Creation of Mankind” presented at the American Philological Association Meeting, Montreal, January 2006.

“Sacred Scripture or Oracles for the Dead?  The Semiotic Situation of the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets,” presented at Classical Association of the Middle West and South Centennial Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, April 2004 and Orfeo y el orfismo: nuevas perspectivas, Mallorca, Spain, February, 2005.

“Who are you? Mythic Narrative and Identity in the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets,” presented at the Ohio State University Classics Colloquium, May 2004, Bryn Mawr Classics Colloquium, November 2004, and Bowdoin College, November 2005.

“Of Your Blessed Race: Mythic Narrative and Identity in the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets,” presented at the Vergilian Society's Symposium Cumanum “The Cults of Magna Graecia,” June 2002, and at “Religion-Philosophy-Poetry: Rethinking Early Greek Hexametrical Texts,” Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, November 2002.

“Pure from the pure and the sheep from the goats: 'Orphism', 'Magic', and the (re)constructions of ancient Greek religion,” presented at American Philological Association 133rd Annual Meeting, 1/02.

“To Sit in Solemn Silence? Thronosis in Ritual, Myth, and Iconography,” presented at American Philological Association 132nd Annual Meeting, 1/01.

“Who in Hell is Heracles?  Dionysos' Disastrous Disguise in Aristophanes' Frogs,” presented at “Beyond Initiation: Transitions and Power in Ancient Rituals and Narratives,” at University of Chicago, March 23-25, 2000, at Classical Association of Middle West and South 2000 Annual Meeting, April, 2000, and at the University of Pennsylvania Classics Colloquium, September 20, 2001.

“At the Seizure of the Moon:  The Absence of the Moon in the Mithras Liturgy,” presented at “Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World,” at the University of Washington,   March 3-5, 2000 and at “In Heaven as it is on Earth” at Princeton University, January 14-15, 2001.

“Whip Scars on the Naked Soul:  Myth and Elenchos in Plato's Gorgias,” Ancient Philosophy Workshop,  University of Chicago, 1/99, and CAMWS 1999 Annual Meeting, 4/99.

“Did the Mithraists Inhale?  - A Technique for Theurgic Ascent in the Mithras Liturgy, the Chaldaean Oracles, and some Mithraic Frescoes,”   APA 1997 Annual Meeting, Special Panel on Theurgy, 12/97.

“Roads Not Taken:  Explorations of the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets”: co-organized a conference of graduate student and faculty speakers at the Chicago Humanities Institute,  12/97.

“Tearing Apart the Zagreus Myth:  A Few Disparaging Remarks on Orphism and Original Sin,” Workshop on Ancient Societies, University of Chicago, 5/97. 

“Socrates the Beautiful: Role Reversal and Midwifery in Plato's Symposium,”  Workshop on Rhetoric and Poetics, University of Chicago 4/97.

“Genitive Confusions in Plato's Symposium (199d2-7),” APA 1996 annual meeting, 12/96.

“The Married and the Dead: Mythic Problems and Ritual Solutions in the Transitions of Marriage and Death in Ancient Greece,” Ancient Societies Workshop, University of Chicago, 5/95.

 

Teaching Experience:

 

Bryn Mawr College, Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies

 

Paul Shorey Professor of Greek 2013–

Spring 2014

Homer: Greek 104

Eros in Ancient Greek Culture:  Classical Studies 209

Plato’s Phaedrus: Greek 644

Fall 2013

Plato & Thucydides:  Greek 201

Interpreting Mythology: Classical Studies 375/675

 

Associate Professor, 2007-2013

Spring 2013

Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World:  Classical Studies 212

Ancient Magic:  Classical Studies 645

Fall 2012

Herodotus:  Greek 101

Plato & Thucydides:  Greek 201

Ancient Greece:  Classical Studies/History 205

Fall 2011

Plato & Thucydides:  Greek 201

Readings in the Greek Historians:  Greek 643

Interpreting Mythology: Classical Studies 375/675

Spring 2011

Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World:  Classical Studies 212

Ancient Greece:  Classical Studies/History 205

Plato – Phaedo: Greek 644

Fall 2010

Plato & Thucydides:  Greek 201

Greek Myth:  Emily Balch College Seminar

Spring 2010

TNT Greek: Greek 011

Eros in Ancient Greek Culture:  Classical Studies 209

Sex & the City - Rhetoric & Gender in the Attic Orators: Classical Studies 639

Fall 2009

TNT Greek: Greek 010

Interpreting Mythology: Classical Studies 375/675

Spring 2009

Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World:  Classical Studies 212

Death and Beyond: Interdepartmental Graduate Seminar 639

Fall 2008

Ancient Greece:  Classical Studies/History 205

Plato & Thucydides:  Greek 201

Greek Myth:  College Seminar

 

Assistant Professor, 2001-2007

Spring 2007

Attic Tragedy and Comedy:  Greek 202

Interpreting Mythology: Classical Studies 375

Fall 2006

Herodotus:  Greek 101

Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World:  Classical Studies 212

Ancient Magic:  Classical Studies 645

Spring 2006

Eros in Ancient Greek Culture:  Classical Studies 209

Sex & the City - Rhetoric & Gender in the Attic Orators: Classical Studies 639

Fall 2005

Ancient Greece:  Classical Studies/History 205

Plato & Thucydides:  Greek 201

Herodotus:  Greek 101

Spring 2004:

Reading Greek for the Golden Age: Greek 017

Interpreting Mythology:  Classical Studies 675

Ancient Greece:  Classical Studies/History 205

Fall 2003: 

Reading Greek for the Golden Age: Greek 016

Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World:  Classical Studies 212

Spring 2003:

Reading Greek for the Golden Age: Greek 017

Interpreting Mythology:  Classical Studies 275

Plato's Phaedrus:  Greek 644

Fall 2002: 

Reading Greek for the Golden Age: Greek 016

Plato & Thucydides:  Greek 201

Spring 2002:

Reading Greek for the Golden Age:  Greek 017

Eros in Ancient Greek Culture:  Classical Studies 209

Fall 2001:

Ancient Greece:  History 205

Plato & Thucydides:  Greek 201

Ancient Magic:  Classical Studies 645

 

Visiting Assistant Professor, 2000-2001

Spring 2001:

Homer:  Greek 104

Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World:  Classical Studies 212

Fall 2000:

Ancient Greece:  History 205

Plato & Thucydides:  Greek 201

Platonic Myth: Greek 644

 

Creighton University,  Department of Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor, 1999-2000

Spring 2000:  Latin 102, World Literature I, Greek 215: Euripides Bacchai

Fall 1999:  Latin 101, Latin 102, Classical Epic 321

 

University of Chicago:

The College

Winter 1998 - Teaching Assistant for Latin 112

Fall 1997 - Humanities 120:  Greek Thought and Literature

Graham School of General Studies

Greek History and Civilization - Fall 1997

Greek Mythology - Summer 1997

 

 

Committees and Service:

 

Undergraduate Admissions Committee, 2002/3, 2003-6

Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship Selection Committee 2003/4

Flexner Lecture Selection Committee 2005-6

Committee on Faculty Awards & Grants 2006-7

Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum 2007-2010 (Chair for 2009-2010)

Curricular Renewal Working Group 2008-2010 (co-chair for 2009-2010)

Presented (along with the Provost) Bryn Mawr College’s Plan for Curricular Renewal at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education annual conference, Dec. 10, 2009.

Task Force for Writing in the Curriculum 2008-2010

Advising Pilot Program – 2010-2014

Committee on Academic Standing, Special Cases, and Independent Majors – 2012-2014

 

Convener, Ancient Religions Luncheon, 2001-4

Faculty Sponsor:  May Day Greek Play 2002–

Coordinator, Bryn Mawr Classics Colloquium, 2002–

Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies – Department Chair 2011-2014

Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies – Undergraduate Major Advisor 2008-2014

 

Tri-College Mellon Working Group on Ancient Greek Philosophy, 2011-2014

Tri-College Mellon Working Group on Teaching and Researching Magic, 2012-2014

 

Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Editorial Board 2002-6; Associate Editor for Religion 2006–

 

 

Outside Chair of Dissertation for Newel Brown, Russian Department, 2003-4.

Outside Chair of Dissertation for Christopher Lorah, Department of Clinical & Developmental Psychology, 2005-6.

Outside Chair of Preliminary Exams for Katie Janicka, Russian Department, 2006

Preliminary Examination Committee, Andrea Guzzetti, Department of Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, 2007.

Preliminary Examination Committee, Emily Stevens, Department of Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, 2010.

Preliminary Examination Committee, Nicole Colosimo, Department of Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, 2010.

Preliminary Examination Committee, Diane Amoroso-O’Connor, Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies, 2011.

Preliminary Examination Committee, Edward Whitehouse, Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies, 2012.

Preliminary Examination Committee, Hollister Pritchett, Department of Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, 2012.

Preliminary Examination Committee, Jennifer Tracy, Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies, 2012.

Preliminary Examination Committee, Abbe Walker, Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies, 2012.

Preliminary Examination Committee, Jennifer Hoit, Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies, 2012.

Preliminary Examination Committee, Dianne Boetsch, Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies, 2012.

 

 

 

Theses Supervised:

 

Metamorphoses of Myth: A Study of the ‘Orphic’ Gold Tablets and the Derveni Papyrus. Stian Sundell Torjussen, Ph. D., University of TromsŅ, Norway, March 2009 (outside opponent for thesis evaluation and doctoral disputas).

Ephorus of Cyme: Reading a Fragmentary Historian.  Bryan Hudak, Ph. D., University of Pennsylvania, May 2009 (secondary reader).

A Walk through the Past: Toward the Study of Archaeological Museums in Italy, Greece, and Israel.  Andrea Guzzetti, Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, May 2012 (secondary reader).

 

“Plato and Anthropology:  An Interpretation of Laws 3,” Stephen Foy, M.A. Greek, June 2001.

“Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art: Image and Experience,” Joelle Collins, M.A. History of Art, June 2002 (second reader).

“The Pelinna Tablets Revisited,” Feyo Schuddeboom, M.A. Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, June 2003.

“Rhetorical Strategies in the Homeric, Orphic, and Magical Hymns,” Michelle Domondon, M.A. Greek, June 2003.

“The Representation of Aphrodite in the Erotic spells of the Magical Papyri,” Yasmin Mathew, M.A. Greek, June 2003.

“Brides, Prostitutes, and the Iunx:  Symbols of Eros,” JoAnn Luhrs, M.A. Classical Studies, June 2003.

“The Modern Interpretations of the Dorian Invasion,” Andrea Guzzetti, M.A. Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, December 2005 (second reader).

“The Language of Prayer in the Greek Magical Papyri,”  Andrew Mihailoff, M.A., Classical Studies, December 2007.

“Canidia and Liminality in Horace,”  Jennifer Tracy, M.A., Classical Studies, May 2010 (second reader).

“Zenodotus in his own words?,” Edward Whitehouse, M.A. Classical Studies, May 2010 (second reader).

“Religious Elements in Solon’s Poetry,” Molaika Beer, M.A. Classical Studies, December 2010.

“The Fragments of Archilochus,” Jennifer Hoit, M.A. Classical Studies, December 2010.

“Virgin Sacrifice in Euripides,” Abbe Walker, M.A. Classical Studies, May 2011.

 “Love Drunk Puppets: On the Politics of Philosophic Erotic Reciprocity in Plato’s Laws,” Paul Hays, M.A. Classical Studies, May 2012.

“An Angelic Digression: The Significance of 1.16-1.18 within the Cur Deus Homo”, Charlie Kuper, M.A. Classical Studies, May, 2013.

 

“Tales of Terror and Fear in the Liminal Creature:  A Look at Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis, Apuleius' Metamorphoses, and Pliny's Letter 7.27,” Christine Walsh, Senior Thesis 2002.

“The Fruits of Passage:  Dissecting the Pomegranate and the Search for Identity in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter,” Jamie Gorman, Senior Thesis 2003.

“Lamenting Nympholepsy,” Rianna Ouellette, Senior Thesis 2004.

“Mothers of Invention:  Constructions of Dionysos in the Orphic Hymns Examined through Genealogy and Epithets,” Lila Garrott, Senior Thesis 2004.

“An Illumination of the Treatise of Aristarchus of Samos,” Katherine Northrup (Ursinus College), Honors Thesis in Classics and Mathematics 2004 (outside reader).

“Medea:  Barbarian or Divine?” Tiffany Stenglein, Senior Thesis 2006.

“From Prehistory to the Olympics: The origin and evolution of the footrace in Greece,” Will McGuire, Senior Thesis 2006 (second reader).

“Helen and her Husbands,” Elizabeth Deacon, Senior Thesis 2007.

Defending the Lysis: Reciprocity in Friendship and Desire,” Molly Higgins-Biddle, Senior Thesis 2007.

“What Do You Do with a Failure?  The Use of Alcibiades in the Platonic Dialogues,” Colin Yarbrough, Senior Thesis 2007.

“Apuleius Retold: Retelling in C. S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces,” Lauren Zimmerman, Senior Thesis 2007 (second reader).

“Comprehending Catastophe:  A Study of Earthquakes in Literature of the Second Century CE,” Cassandra Gafford, Senior Thesis 2009 (second reader).

“The Aberrant Grieving of Achilles:  Disrupted Funeral Rituals and their Consquences in the Iliad,” Sarah Stefanski, Senior Thesis 2009.

“Theories of Immortality of the Soul in Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” Lucinda Newbill, Senior Thesis 2010 (second reader).

“Beware of Gods Bearing Gifts:  Gift Exchange, The Greeks, and Their Gods,”  Nicole Williams, Senior Thesis 2010.

“The Experience of Exception:  Goddesses and Liminality in the Thesmophoria and the Marriage Rituals of Epizephyrian Locri,” Crystal Reed, Senior Thesis 2010.

“The Anatomy of Rationalization:  A Reprieve for Heroic Mythological Exegesis in Philostratus’ Heroicus,” Mark Cavanagh, Senior Thesis 2010.

“The Sage and his world:  Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana,” Alexander Lopatin, Senior Thesis 2011.

“Hadrian and Greek Identity during the High Empire,” Courtney Monahan, Senior Thesis 2011.

“Hybridity and Indicators of the Third Space in PGM XII”, Lucia Echegorri, Senior Thesis, 2013.

“Legends Malleable in His Intellectual Furnace: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Wonder Book, Mythological Adaptation, and Children’s Literature, Jacob Horn, Senior Thesis, 2013 (second reader).

“Within a Circle, Without a Circle: A comparative study of witchcraft, identity, and community,” Emma DiQuinzio, Senior Thesis, 2013 (second reader).

“Πολιτικός Ἔρως: Alcibiades’ Love in Thucydides and Plato, “Nicholas Olin, Senior Thesis, 2013.