Myth & Religion in the Ancient World

This group, funded by the Department of Classical Studies and the Boston University Center for the Humanities, meets about three times per semester to discuss work in progress on, or important new developments in, any aspect of religion and myth in the ancient world. Discussion leaders are invited both from inside and outside Boston University. These discussion leaders typically send the department the work to be discussed in advance. Copies are made available two weeks before the meeting in the department or by mail to those who notify us they wish to attend.

Meetings are open to all faculty and graduate students and usually draw attendees from throughout New England.

If you wish to be put on the Study Group mailing list or if you have further questions, please contact us at or 617-353-2427.

All meetings are held in School of Theology Building Rm. 409
(745 Commonwealth Avenue) from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Presenters for 2020-2021 include:

Matthew Christ (Indiana University)
Monday, March 15, 2021, 4-6pm
via Zoom
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Topic: Discussion of Chapter 6 (~ Anabasis) of his new book on Xenophon and the Athenian Democracy: The Education of an Elite Citizenry”

Simone Beta (Università di Siena)
Monday, February 22, 2021, 4-6pm
via Zoom
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Topic: “Lysistrata’s voices: ten ways to translate an Aristophanic comedy”

Seth Schein (University of California at Davis)
Friday, November 13, 2020 4pm-6pm
via Zoom
“Green and Yellow Commentary on Iliad 1.188-253″