With word that I and my collaborator Maia Kotrosits (currently at Denison University) have received an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2019-2024), much of my research, teaching, and online efforts will be heading in a somewhat new direction. (Don’t worry, I won’t forget that associations exist.) Minorities and immigrants have of course occupied me significantly before, but this will be a new concentration that we hope will help to reshape our understanding of ancient Mediterranean societies. Maia’s expertise in diaspora, postcolonial and race theory (among many other things) combined with her detailed knowledge of the ancient world will be indispensible for this project.
The title of this ongoing project is: Ethnicity, Diaspora, and Ethnographic Culture in the Greco-Roman World. It’s aim is to take a new approach to making sense of ethnic interactions, stereotypes, and hierarchies in the ancient Mediterranean, and the research will encompass peoples devoted to the Israelite or Judean god (including Jesus adherents) but without privileging them. Scythians, Phoenicians, Babylonians, Phrygians, Egyptians and other peoples will also be central.
Online, I also plan to renew attention to this blog and likely a new series of podcast episodes with the study of minorities and subject peoples in antiquity at the centre. You will notice that the title of my website has changed to reflect this new direction. I have also retitled my podcast in anticipation of future episodes: Ethnic Relations and Cultural Life in the Ancient Mediterranean Podcast.
More coming soon!
Podcast 8.24: Satanic Imagery And Conspiracies In Modern Culture (Download).
Podcast 8.23: Goethe’s Ironic Mephistopheles (1700s-1800s) (Download).
Podcast 8.22: Milton’s Traditional Satan in Paradise Lost (1600s) (Download).
Podcast 8.21: The Devil and Internal Struggles of the Reformation Period (1500s) (Download).
Podcast 8.20: Witchcraft Accusations and Pacts with the Devil (1400-1600) (Download).
Podcast 8.19: Satan and Demons in Everyday Life in the Middle Ages (Download).
Podcast 8.18: Satan’s Home, part 5 – Medieval Depictions and Dante’s Inferno (Download).
Podcast 8.17: Satan’s Home, part 4 – Tortures in Hell and Christ’s Descent (Download).
Podcast 8.16: Satan’s Home, part 3 – Developments among Early Jesus Followers (Download).
Podcast 8.15: Satan’s Home, part 2 – The Birth of Judean Hell in 1 Enoch (Download).
Podcast 8.14: Satan’s Home, part 1 – Cultural Origins Of Hell (Download).
Podcast 8.13: Satan as Father of Lies and Heresy in the Church Fathers (2nd-4th centuries CE) (Download).
Podcast 8.12: Satan’s Demons and the Greco-Roman Gods in the Church Fathers (2nd-3rd centuries CE) (Download).
Podcast 8.11: The Jealous Creator and the Serpent of Wisdom in Gnosticism (2nd century CE) (Download).
Podcast 8.10: Jealous Satan, the Image of God, and the Serpent in the Life of Adam and Eve (Download).
Podcast 8.9: A Satanic Empire in John’s Apocalypse (ca. 80-100 CE) (Download).
Podcast 8.8: Internal Functions of the Rhetoric of Satan in Paul and John (ca. 50-110 CE) (Download).
Podcast 8.7: The Devil and Beelzebub in Early Biographies of Jesus (70-100 CE) (Download).
Podcast 8.6: Mastema in Jubilees and Beliar in the Dead Sea Scrolls (ca. 100 BCE) (Download).
Podcast 8.5: Fallen Angels in 1 Enoch (ca. 225 BCE) (Download)..
Podcast 8.4: Other Predecessors of Satan from the Hebrew Bible (Download).
Podcast 8.3: Predecessors of Satan from Persia (Download).
Podcast 8.2: Predecessors of Satan from Canaan and Israel (Download).
Podcast 8.1: A Cultural History of Satan – Predecessors of Satan from Mesopotamia (Download).
Podcast 7.9: Daniel’s Visions as Veiled History (Download).
Podcast 7.8: Introduction to Daniel’s Historical Apocalypse (Download).
Podcast 7.7: 1 Enoch – Fallen Angels in Early Apocalypticism (Download).
Podcast 7.6: 1 Enoch – An Introduction to the Earliest Apocalypse (Download).