The 2022 Classical Studies Colloquium: Religion in the Ancient World: Magic, Myth, and More!
The Classical Studies Colloquium is an annual celebration of the scholarship of advanced students in Classical Studies at William & Mary. The Colloquium is designed and presented by the students in the Classical Studies Seminar course, and is free and open to the public.
The Colloquium will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Boswell Hall, Room 220, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.
The theme of this year’s Classical Studies Colloquium is religion in the ancient world. Religion had a wide reaching effect in antiquity, as it influenced the social, political, and economic spheres of ancient society. This year’s colloquium provides examples of how religion played a significant role in a variety of communities through architecture, festivals, rituals, and more. By questioning how different groups molded and were molded by religion in antiquity, we can gain perspective on how our own relationships with religion as a society and as individuals influence us today.
1:00pm: Women and Sexuality in the Ancient World
Meggie Corcoran presiding
Bryn DePaul: She is Beauty, She is Grace, She Holds Snakes to Her Face: The Minoan Snake Goddess
Mae Dye: I Am Woman, Hear Me Lament: Syncretism in the Athenian Adonia
Camryn Claude: Women and Dionysiac Ritual in Ancient Greece
Georgia Thoms: Sex and Ancient Religion: An Evaluation of Temple Prostitution
Kathryn “Theo” Whitehead: Vestal Vestments: An Exploration of the Vestal Virgins’ Garments
2:30pm: Relationships with Religion
Bryn DePaul presiding
Meggie Corcoran: Διός γενής: Religion in the Reception of Diogenes of Sinope
Artemis Vetter: Wrath of the Titans: Lead Curse Tablets and Greek Myth
Sydney Kennedy: To Be Whole: Reconstituting Disabled Personhood in the Incubation Ritual at the Epidaurian Asklepieion
Ryan Vincent: The Changing Face of the Lord of Healing, The Evolution of Medical Divinities Worshiped at Epidauros
Reese Waters: Sumer Loving: How Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia Shaped, and was Shaped by, the Environment
4:00pm: Interconnectivity in the Mediterranean
Sydney Kennedy presiding
David Bishop: The Gods that Crossed the Sea: Connecting the Myths of Greece and Egypt
Christopher Lee: If You Don’t Have Homemade, Store-Bought is Fine: The Incorporation of Foreign Gods in the Roman Empire
Charlie Perry: Christians, and Their Cabeiric Connections: Early Christianity and Local Traditions in Thrace
Jana Considine: The Written Word Bound by Devotion Unseen: Female Monasticism and Religiosity in the Visions of Gertrud the Great of Helfta
5:00pm: Keynote Address
Introduction by Ryan Vincent
Dr. Brett Evans (W&M '13, PhD UVA), How a Star Was Born: Competition and Religious Innovation in the ‘Lock of Berenice’