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Primum Non Nocere: Dispatches and Diagnoses from the Academic Bod

By Allison Das (The Kinkaid School (Houston, TX))

The future of Classics in Higher Education looks grim. Over the past eight years there’s been a 33% decline in CLL and CIV majors, a loss of 600 undergraduates. When the average number of bachelor majors per department is 7.6 per year, it begs the question: can that sustain our field? The dissolution of Howard University and the University of Vermont's Classics Programs seem to be signs of a future trend. A future without Classical Studies.

Designing an Inclusive High School Latin Curriculum

By Ann Morgan (Parish Episcopal School)

Five years ago, I had the opportunity to redesign the entire Latin curriculum for my independent high school. My overriding mission was to create courses that engaged students meaningfully and taught skills that applied beyond the Latin classroom. Currently, I am concluding the first iteration of our Latin 5 course launched this school year. Its curriculum has been informed by those working to combat the abuse and misuse of Classics both within academia and the broader public. The course is organized in three parts: Identity, Education, Activism.

A Brief Introduction to Somatic Pedagogy

By Jody Valentine (Pomona College)

In academia, mind/body dualism has long created a paradoxical experience of embodiment. Faculty and students are expected to live “lives of the mind” as though the (higher, rational, transcendent) mind exists entirely separate from the (lesser, animal, material) body.

Reading Aeschylus in Prison

By Cristina Pace (Università degli studi Roma “Tor Vergata”)

This paper aims to illustrate an educational experience in an Italian prison (Casa Circondariale di Rebibbia, in Rome) based on Greek tragedy, as part of a university project: the author organized reading and discussion groups concerning tragedy and justice, together with inmates (convicted of mafia, camorra, ‘ndrangheta groups etc.) and ‘external’ university students. In fact, some inmates were especially interested in Ancient Theatre because of the presence in Rebibbia of a very good theatre workshop (cf.

Tragedy of Displacement: Ancient Theater and Contemporary Social Issues

By Olga Faccani (UC Santa Barbara)

In my paper I will use an original course I taught for the Classics Department at UC Santa Barbara in Fall 2021, “Tragedy of Displacement: ancient theater and modern immigration, migration, and incarceration,” as a case study to discuss issues of activism, equality, and community-based learning in the classroom. The course taught students how to read themes of voluntary or forced displacement as they intersect with issues of trauma, gender, and identity in ancient Greek drama and contemporary adaptations.

Sacred Silence and the Sociology of Secrecy in the Eleusinian Mysteries

By Michelle Zerba (Louisiana State University)

The language of “mystery” that grew up around the Eleusinian cult was related to practices of initiation, one of which imposed a vow of silence upon those inducted. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter stipulates this vow (478-79; Richardson and Foley): the legomena, dromena, and deiknumena of the rites were not to be spoken (Burkert, Mylonas, Cosmopoulos). They were arrheta, “unable to be put in words,” and aporrheta, “forbidden to be put in words,” terms that point to both ineffability and prohibition.

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: What Happened in the Theban Kabirion?

By Hans Beck (University of Münster)

Mystery cults are riddled with mysteries. The cult of the Kabiroi near Thebes is no exception. Pausanias opens his section on the Kabirion (9.25.5) with the observation that he cannot speak about τὰ δρώμενα in the rites performed at the Kabirion.

Arrheton and Aporrheton in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis

By Renaud Gagné (University of Cambridge)

Theurgy constructed a distinctive discourse on the theology and practice of secrecy. One of the most refined products of the mysterisation of religious culture in the Roman East, theurgy creatively reconfigured the registers of philosophy, cult, and poetry to build a powerful vision of ineffability, where the languages of telestic ritual and wisdom are inextricably imbricated. There is a veritable ontology of secrecy at the heart of this intricate refoundation of tradition in search of a concealed world.

The Psychology of Secrecy in the Eleusinian Mysteries

By Aikaterini-Iliana Rassia (Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies)

The notion of secrecy in the ancient mystery cults has been recently discussed through the approach of the cognitive science of religion (Panagiotidou 2018; Larson 2021). The notion of “secrecy” however is not a straightforward term to define. Although it originates in Greece, it has been also attested in other mystery cults in the wider Mediterranean, including the cult of Mithras (Bjørnebye 2012; Friese 2015).

Growing Up with the Classics: A Database of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture as Part of the Our Mythical Childhood Programme

By Katarzyna Marciniak (University of Warsaw)

The paper offers insight into the stages and activities undertaken within the international and multidisciplinary programme Our Mythical Childhood, with a special focus on the Our Mythical Childhood Survey – a database of works inspired by ancient culture and intended for children and young adults.