Carl Ruck

Professor of Classical Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Carl A.P. Ruck is an authority on the ecstatic rituals of the god Dionysus. With theethno-mycologist R. Gordon Wasson and Albert Hofmann, he identified the secret psychoactive ingredient in the visionary potion that was drunk by the initiates at the Eleusinian Mystery. In Persephone’s Quest:Entheogens and the Origins of Religion, he proclaimed the centrality of psychoactive sacraments at the very beginnings of religion, employing the neologism“entheogen” to free the topic from the pejorative connotations for words like drug or hallucinogen.