PhD: University of Chicago, 1999
Office: Thomas Hall 245
My research interests center on Greek social and intellectual history, with particular focus on mythology, religion, and Platonic philosophy. I have recently published on eros and midwifery in Plato, on Orphism and the mysterious gold tablets, and on magical techniques in the “Mithras Liturgy”, and my study of the journey to the underworld in the Greek mythic tradition, with special attention to Aristophanes' Frogs, Plato's Phaedo, and the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. My current research interests include the history of myth interpretation and the marginal categories of magic and Orphism within Greek religion.
“Tearing Apart the Zagreus Myth: A Few Disparaging Remarks on Orphism and Original Sin,” in Classical Antiquity 18.1 (1999), pp. 35-73.
“Socrates the Beautiful: Role Reversal and Midwifery in Plato’s Symposium,” TAPA 130 (2000), pp. 261-285.
“Did the Mithraists Inhale? – A Technique for Theurgic Ascent in the Mithras Liturgy, the Chaldaean Oracles, and some Mithraic Frescoes,” in Ancient World 32.1 (2000), pp. 10-24.
“Who in Hell is Heracles? Dionysos’ Disastrous Disguise in Aristophanes’ Frogs,” in Beyond Initiation: Transitions and Power in Ancient Rituals and Narratives. (Forthcoming)
“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. (Forthcoming)
Myths of the Underworld Journey in Plato, Aristophanes, and the ‘Orphic’ Gold Tablets: A Path Neither Simple Nor Single (forthcoming Cambridge University Press).