Midwestern Consortium on Ancient Religions

First organized in 2000 by Derek Collins (Michigan), Christopher A. Faraone (Chicago), Fritz Graf (OSU), Richard Janko (Michigan), Sarah Johnston (OSU) and James Redfield (Chicago), the Midwestern Consortium on Ancient Religions organizes an annual conference that rotates among the campuses of the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University.  Past conferences include:

  • 2000: “Beyond Initiation: Transitions and Power in Ancient Rituals and Narratives” (Chicago April 2000)
  • 2002: “Religion-Philosophy-Poetry: Rethinking Early Greek Hexametrical Texts” (Chicago, November 2002)
  • 2003: “Sacred Texts in Ancient Religions” (OSU April 2003)
  • 2004: “Communication with the Divine” (Michigan, March 2004)
  • 2005: “The Spirit Within: Inspiration, Possession and Disease in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” (Chicago, March 2005).
  • 2006: “The Orphic Gold Tablets” (OSU, March 2006)
  • 2007: “The Soul in Ancient Thought and Cult” (Michigan, March 2007).
  • 2008: “The Centrality of Animal Sacrifice in Ancient Greek Religion: Ancient Reality or Modern Construct?” (Chicago, April 2008)
  • 2009: “The Construction of Sacred Space” (OSU, March 2009)
  • 2010: “Religion and Magic in Greco-Roman Egypt” (Michigan, March 2010)
  • 2011: “Imagined Beginnings: The Poetics and Politics of Cosmogony, Theogony and Anthropogony in the Ancient World” (Chicago, April 2011)
  • 2012: “‘The Stuff that Dreams are Made of’: The Interpretation, Divination, and Use of Dreams in Ancient Mediterranean Religions” (OSU, February 2012)

Most of the papers delivered at the 2000 conference were published in C.A. Faraone and D. Dodd (eds.), Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives: New Critical Perspectives (Routledge 2003), and the partial proceedings of the 2008 conference have recently been published in C.A. Faraone and F. Naiden (eds.), Greek and Roman Animal Sacrifice: Ancient Victims, Modern Observers (Cambridge University Press 2012).

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