Culture and Religion of the Ancient Mediterranean (CRAM)

The goal of the Culture and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean Colloquium is to promote high-level, interdisciplinary dialogue among faculty and graduate students who deal with religion and culture in antiquity in the Mediterranean basin and west Asia, all rather loosely defined. CRAM meets monthly during the academic year. Each meeting lasts about an hour, and typically is centered on a pre-circulated paper. CRAM is currently administered by Classics.  For details of the CRAM Colloquium in 2015-2016, please contact Graham Oliver at

Below you will find the CRAM dates and programming for the spring 2015. Please note, all events will take place on a Tuesday, from 12:00-1:00p.m. at the Joukowsky Institute, RI Hall Room 008, unless otherwise marked. Papers will be e-mailed out approximately two weeks ahead of the date indicated. If you have difficulties accessing the paper, please contact Carly Hansen-Decelles at  Light luncheon fare will be provided! Please come and enjoy! 

Fall 2015 Program

  • September 15: Anne Chen, 'Omitted Empresses: The (Non-) Role of Imperial Women in Tetrarchic Propaganda'
  • October 13: David Konstan, 'The Freedom to Feel Grateful: The View from Classical Antiquity.'
  • November 10: Harold Cook, "The 'Discovery' of Palmira and Persepolis at the beginning of the eighteenth century."
  • December 8: Saul Olyan, "Friendship in Narrative."

A list of past CRAM seminars for the last three years is available here.

Provisional dates for future CRAM meetings in the academic year 2015-2016 -
Spring 2016: Feb. 9; March 8; April 12; May 10.