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 2016-2017, please contact John Bodel, at

Below you will find the CRAM dates and programming for the 2016-2017 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 paper, please contact Carly Hansen-Decelles at Light luncheon fare will be provided! Please come and enjoy! 

Fall 2016 Program

  • Tuesday, September 13: Saul Olyan (Judaic Studies & Religious Studies), "Are there Legal Texts in the Hebrew Bible that Evince a Concern for Animal Rights?"
  • Tuesday, October 11: Felipe Rojas (Egyptology and Assyriology & JIAAW), "Memories of Persia after Alexander: Anatolia, Egypt, Armenia"
  • Tuesday, November 8: María Paz De Hoz García-Bellido (Classics, University of Salmanca), "Epigraphy as a source for elementary education n the Greek world"
  • Tuesday, December 6: Barbara Blythe (Classics, Wheaton College): "Apples to Apples: Forbidden Fruit in Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis

Spring 2017 Program

  • Tuesday, February 14: Antonio Dourado Lopes (Classics, Federal University of Minas Gerais), "Eros in Hesiod: the intricacies of the anthropomorphic theogony"
  • Tuesday, March 14: Michael Satlow (Judaic Studies & Religious Studies), "Josephus and Scripture" or "Paul and Scripture"
  • Tuesday, April 4: Eva Marie Stehle (Classics, University of Maryland), "Dionysus and Madwomen (before Bacchae): Where, When, and according to Whom?"
  • Tuesday, May 9: Nicola Denzey Lewis (Religious Studies), T.B.A

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