Dr Sanzo said: “Although scholarly study of the early Jewish and Christian practices, rituals, and texts deemed “magical” has blossomed over the past few decades, this research has tended to be divided along disciplinary lines, with historians of Judaism studying Jewish magic and historians of Christianity studying Christian magic.
“This grant will allow an interdisciplinary team to address this scholarly gap by examining local and global features of the magical artefacts – and the literary traditions about magic – from late-antique Jewish and Christian communities. In particular, my project will focus on the similarities, differences, and contacts between these traditions in four central areas of their magical practices: biblical texts and traditions; sacred names and titles; the word-image-material relation; and references to illicit rituals.”
Congratulations to Professor Eric Csapo, who has been awarded a British Academy Global Professorship to come to our department from 2019 to 2023. He will be researching the History of the Ancient Theatre to 300 BC.
New open access publication: Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project
Abigail Baker and Alison Cooley, 'Breaking through the language barrier – bringing ‘dead’ languages to life through sensory and narrative engagement', Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09647775.2018.1501601
Abstract: Ancient inscriptions can be difficult to understand and off-putting to museum audiences, but they are packed with personal stories and vivid information about the people who made them. This article argues that overcoming the language barrier presented by these objects can offer a deep sense of engagement with the ancient world and explores possible ways of achieving this. It looks at examples of effective approaches from a range of European museums with a particular emphasis on bringing out the sensory, social, and narrative dimensions of these objects. It argues that inscriptions can change the way that museum visitors view the ancient world and empower them to interpret the past for themselves in new and creative ways.
Humanities Research Centre Success!
Congratulations to our doctoral students Paloma Perez Galvin and Alessandra Tafaro for their success in the Humanities Research Fund Doctoral Fellowship competition. They will host a conference next year on 'Fleshing out Words: Poetry on Objects, from the Classical Epigram to the Modern Insta-Poets'.