Curses at the 2018 AIA/SCS Conference

The #BombCyclone of 2018 did not slow down classicists this January! Indeed, despite the outrageous weather conditions, and the cancellation of numerous flights and trains, the annual joint meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) and American Institute for Archaeology (AIA) went ahead in Boston. For classicists (or archaeologists, or ancient historians…), this is […]

Forthcoming Publication: Defixiones and the Temple Locus: The Power of Place in the Curse Tablets at Mainz

I am happy to announce that my paper, “Defixiones and the Temple Locus: The Power of Place in the Curse Tablets at Mainz,” has been accepted for publication in the journal Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft (University of Pennsylvania Press)! This paper is a direct result of a research project on cursing in antiquity that I […]

ESSWE6 Conference Wrap-Up

As many of you know, the ESSWE conference is held every two years. Having attended the one in Gothenburg (Sweden) in 2013, I was excited to attend this year’s conference in Erfurt (Germany). I was doubly thrilled as I co-organized two panels on esotericism in antiquity with Dylan M. Burns (Freie Universität Berlin) and I […]

NSEA Panels at the 6th International ESSWE Conference

(This post is partially cross-posted from ancientesotericism.org.) The preliminary schedule for the 6th International ESSWE Conference in Erfurt is out! I am happy to report that the Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity has two panels scheduled, both on the first day of the conference (Thursday, June 1st). I will be speaking about […]

Ancient Curses Research Project: An Honourable Mention

Last year I undertook an independent research project on curses with Tony Burke at York University. (Learn more about this project at the Ancient Curses website!) While the course itself included curses from many different genres (Roman curse tablets? Yep. Biblical curses? Those too!), my major research project focused on Roman-era curse tablets, specifically those […]

Curse Words

This article is cross-posted from AncientCurses.com. If you would like to read the full article, or would like to know more about cursing, I invite you to visit the website! Cursing as a practice is looked at from several different angles by scholars. On the one hand, some look to the historical import of cursing […]

Modern Maledictions: The Curse of the Billy Goat

This article is cross-posted from AncientCurses.com. If you would like to read the full article, or would like to know more about cursing, I invite you to visit the website! In a recent post at AncientCurses.com, we took a look at sports-related curses—i.e. curses which were employed by athletes and their fans to ensure victory […]