Academic Work

York 200Sarah Veale is a doctoral student at the York University’s Department of History, where she researches death-related practices and beliefs in Roman antiquity. Her research profile includes mystery cults, Greco-Roman religious associations, magic and curse tablets, as well as other “marginal” religious phenomena in the Greco-Roman world.

Sarah holds a Master of Arts degree in Religion from the University of Toronto and an Honors Bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from York University in Classical Studies and Religious studies (dbl. major). She also has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts (cum laude) as well as training in web design and desktop publishing.

View her full academic CV at Academia.edu.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Student)
Department of History
York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Research Focus: Greco-Roman Religion

Master’s of Arts
Department for the Study of Religion
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Research focus: Greco-Roman Religion

2015 Honours Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude
Double major: Religious Studies/Classical Studies
York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GPA: 8.62/9.00 (A+)

1998-2000 Associate of Arts Degree, Cum Laude
Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, Illinois, USA

Languages

Classical Greek
Latin
German
English

Refereed Journal Articles

Defixiones and the Temple Locus: The Power of Place in the Curse Tablets at Mainz,” in Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft. (Forthcoming)

“Orientalism in Iamblichus’ The Mysteries,” in The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol. 15, no. 1-2 (2013).

Conference Presentations

Rogo Te ut Me Vindices: A Social Demography of Cursing at Mogontiacum,”at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies. (Paper Accepted)

Defixiones and the Temple Locus: Illicit Practices, Religious Agencies,” at the Sixth International ESSWE Conference, Universität Erfurt, Germany.

Refutatio Romana: The Political Dimensions of Religious Difference in Tactitus’ Histories 5.5,” at the Department of Classics & Religion Graduate Student Conference, University of Calgary.

“Two Martyrdoms of John the Baptist,” paper co-presented (with Tony Burke) at the annual Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Disenchantment of the Vampire: Balkan Folklore’s Deadly Encounter with Modernity,” paper presented at the Association for the Study of Esotericism Conference, Hamilton, New York (2014).

Book Reviews

Edward J. Watts, The Final Pagan Generation (University of California Press, 2015) in Journal of Late Antiquity, Vol. 9, No.1 (Spring 2016).

Marco Pasi, Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics (Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2013) in Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2014).

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2016 Awarded the CSSR MA Essay Prize for “Refutatio Romana: The Political Dimensions of Religious Alterity in Tacitus’ Histories 5.
  • 2015 Awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Master’s) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to facilitate research into Dionysiac cult.
  • 2015 Awarded the 2014-2015 Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Essay Prize, Honourable Mention for Research, an award recognizing outstanding examples of expository writing.
  • 2015 Awarded the 2014-2015 Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Essay Prize, Honourable Mention for Research, an award recognizing outstanding examples of expository writing.
  • 2015 Vanier College Convocation Prize in Classical Studies and Religious Studies, given to the student who has achieve the highest GPA in these programs.
  • 2015 Vingt-deux Master’s Honour Roll award, given to the twenty-two students with the highest cumulative grade point average.
  • 2015 Vanier College Council 50th Anniversary award, awarded to a student who has demonstrated commitment to the Vanier College student body and/or the community.
  • 2014 Awarded the York University Faculty Association Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship, which is given to the student with the highest GPA in their faculty.
  • 2014 Awarded a York University Continuing Student Scholarship, a merit-based award for academic excellence. (This is the third consecutive year in which I have received this award.)
  • 2013 Awarded the William R. Coleman Prize for the best essay written by an honour student in a humanities or religious studies course.
  • 2013 Awarded the 2012-2013 Classics Award, given to the most promising student in Greek or Latin.
  • 2012 Awarded the Israel Mida and Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies.
  • Admitted to the Dean’s Circle of Student Scholars, a designation given to those in the faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Sciences with a grade point average of 90% or higher.
  • 2011 Admitted to the Golden Key Honour Society.
  • 1999 Phi Theta Kappa National Honours society.

Professional Activities

  • Co-Director, Network for the Study Esotericism in Antiquity, AncientEsotericism.org. (2013-Present)
  • Assistant to the Collections Manager, research and cataloguing of 18th Century Russian Icons, University of Toronto Art Centre. (2016)
  • MA Representative, Department for the Study of Religion Graduate Students’ Association, University of Toronto. (2015-2016)
  • Research Assistant for Philip A. Harland, indexing and proofreading of manuscript, Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations, and Commentary. II. North Coast of the Black Sea, Asia Minor. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014. (2014)
  • Colloquium Coordinator, Ancient Abbeys of Brittany Project Colloquium, “Cistercians and Canons Regular in Medieval Brittany, Normandy, England and Wales.” (2014)
  • Peer Advisor, Vanier College, York University. (2012-2014)
  • Assistant to the Conference Co-ordinator, York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, “Forbidden Texts on the Western Frontier.” (2013)
  • Undergraduate Representative, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Humanities Department, York University. (2013)
  • Coordinator of weekly chemistry colloquia, which involved arranging travel and accommodations for guests; scheduling of on-site meetings; and production of promotional literature. (2010)
  • Guest Lecturer, Continuing Education Writing Course, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario. (2005-2006)
  • Organizer of a “Teach-In” at Moraine Valley Community College, a campus-wide event. (1999)

Professional Organizations

Society for Classical Studies (SCS)
Classical Association of Canada (CAC)
European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE)

Other Related Work

AncientCurses.com, a research project on curses in antiquity, featuring example curses, resource links, and a blog.