Cultures and Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (CRAM)

The goal of the Cultures and Religions 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 2017-2018, please contact either John Bodel, at or Graham Oliver,

Below you will find the provisional CRAM dates for the 2017-18 academic year. 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 upcoming paper, please contact Tiffany Lewis at Light luncheon fare will be provided! Please come and enjoy! 

Fall 2017

  • September 12: Michael Satlow, 'Josephus' knowledge of scripture'
  • October 10: Graham Oliver, 'The Economics of Shoemaking: market size and the supply of footwear in Classical Athens'
  • November 14: Steve Kidd, 'Why mathematical probability failed to emerge from ancient gambling'
  • December 5: Lothar Willms, 'Aristotle's theory on slavery: a critical and semiotic reconsideration'

Spring 2018 

  • February 13: John Steele, "The Continued Revelance of MUL.APIN in Late Babylonian Astronomy."
  • March 20 [new date scheduled because of the expected snowstorm: notice posted 12.00 pm, 3/12/2018]: Eva Mol, "Embodying Egyptian deities within Roman domestic religion: Isis cult statuettes in Pompeii"
  •  April 10: Thomas Martin, "Cognitive Dissonance at Athens and the Deification of Demetrius Poliocetes, 307-280s BCE."
  • May 8: Martin Pehal, "Death and the Right Fluids: perspectives from Egyptology and Anthropology."

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