Welcome to Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean blog!

This blog on the religions of the Roman empire and the social history of Christianity serves two main purposes. On the one hand, it will provide an opportunity for me to share interesting (to me and hopefully to you) things I encounter in my research (I am an assistant professor in the Religion department at Concordia University in Montreal). My own interests focus on archeological and epigraphic (inscriptions) evidence for small groups or associations in the Roman empire and on comparing groups of various kinds (Jewish, Christian, and “pagan”) from a social historical perspective. More recently I have also focused attention on the intersection of travel and religion in antiquity (e.g. pilgrimage, ethnography, immigrant groups). On the other hand, this blog will offer a venue for interactions with students on topics addressed in my courses, which include courses not only on ancient religions but also on the history of Christianity generally.
There are already excellent blogs by academics (us university types) in related areas, including Mark Goodacre’s New Testament Gateway blog, Stephen Carlson’s Hypotyposeis, Jim Davila’s Paleojudaica, Torrey Seland’s Philo of Alexandria blog, David Meadows’ Rogueclassicism, and others. I will consciously avoid covering the ground that is so well covered in those blogs and will concentrate most on issues specific to my own research or on issues raised by my students (both undergrads and graduate students). I plan to make posts about 2 or 3 times a week, but this may change if blog-addiction sets in. I’ll have to come up with something more interesting than this bland introduction soon. Come again.