Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (CRAM)

Nautical Chart of Mediterranean Sea, Luís Teixeira, Portugal, 1600 ADThe Brown University seminar on Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (CRAM) serves as a gathering to promote high-level, interdisciplinary dialogue among faculty and graduate students who deal with religion and culture in the ancient Mediterranean basin and west Asia in the broadest terms. CRAM meets monthly during the academic year. Each meeting lasts about an hour, and typically is centered on a pre-circulated paper by one of our participants.  We are especially interested in work in progress; CRAM is a great context for working on new ideas and thinking through new problems.

CRAM is administered by the Program in Early Cultures. For details or questions, please contact Susan Harvey, Director of the Program in Early Cultures, or Sara Wintz, Administrative Coordinator for the Program in Early Cultures.

Below is the CRAM schedule for the 2020-21 academic year. Please note that all meetings will take place on Tuesdays, 12:00-12:55 p.m. EST, on Zoom. Papers will be distributed by e-mail approximately ten days prior to the date indicated for your preparation; the Zoom link will be included at that time. Newcomers are always welcome!

CRAM 2020-2021

Spring 2021

Feb. 9  Felipe Rojas (JIAAW/Egyptology and Assyriology), “Babylonians in sixteenth-century Mexico: Comparative antiquarianism in the work of Sahagún.”

March 9  Saul Olyan (Judaic Studies), “Animals as Covenant Partners in the Hebrew Bible: Genesis 9:8-17 and Hosea 2:20 (Eng. 2:18).”

April 13 Stephen Kidd (Classics), “Lucian and Samosata.”


Fall 2020
Sept. 15  Gretel Rodriguez (History of Art and Architecture), “Captives as Architectural Sculpture in Ancient Rome: Perspectives from East and West.”

Oct. 13  Robert Kashow (Religious Studies), “The Violent Imagination: Agency and Representation in the Visions of Zechariah.”

Nov. 10 Jae Hee Han (Religious Studies), “On the Manichaean Psalms”.

Dec. 8  M. Victoria Almansa-Villatoro (Egyptology and Assyriology), “Labor and collective in the Old Kingdom: a corpus-driven analysis of collocation, keyness and ideological discourse in Royal Decrees.”

A list of past CRAM seminars is available here.