New Journal Article: Defixiones and the Temple Locus

How distinct were magical practices and religion in Roman antiquity? In what ways did cursing and religion overlap? Most importantly, how did those who actually made the curses understand their actions? I am happy to share that my latest article sheds some light on these questions! Published in the latest issue of the journal Magic, […]

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 […]