Greco-Roman Religions


Doctoral studies in this field focus primarily on the religions of the ancient Mediterranean, particularly those originating or developing in the civilizations of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, especially from the Minoan to the Late Imperial periods. In approaching the study of the many religious traditions in this arc, students will be encouraged to use a variety of methodologies, attending especially to ritual studies, theological or meaning-making practices of ancient communities, gender analysis, and political, social, and economic contexts. The program trains students to gain facility with a variety of evidentiary sources, including material culture; literature; and archaeological, epigraphic, and papyrological materials. The program includes the expectation of language competency in either Greek or Latin at admission, as well as continued study of languages during the program.