Program (download here)

9:00 AM – Registration, Coffee and Tea

9:30 – 9:45 AM – Introductions

10:00 – 11:30 AM – Session 1: Experience of Music in Religion

Carolyn Laferriere (Yale) The Harmonious Libations of Apollo

Tomasz Dziurdzik (Warsaw) Music or Noise: Understanding the Role of Sound in Religious Ceremonies of Roman Imperial Army

Matteo Olivieri (Milano) The Aural Environment of the Festivals of Apollo at Delos: Songs, Language, and Cultural Identity for Intra-Hellenic Concord


11:30 – 11:45 AM – Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:45 PM – Session 2: City Movement

Isobel Pinder (Southhampton) Through Wall’s chink: The relationship between Roman city walls, religious movement and the articulation of urban space

Alexandre Vincent (Poitiers) Addressing the gods, involving the people: Sound of the ludi seaculares


12:45 – 2:00 PM – Lunch

2:00 – 3:20 PM – Session 3: Sensing Religion

Anna Trostnikova (RHUL) What did the Saecular games smell like? Sensory experience of incense burning rituals in 17 BC

David Clancy (TCD) “His ashes steam with Assyrian spice”: the Roman funeral as an olfactory experience

Jessica Dolye & Maeve McHugh (UCD) “To the dank halls of Hades”: Sensory manipulation at the Nekromanteion of Acheron


3:20 – 3:40 PM – Coffee Break

3:40 – 4:40 PM – Session 4: Approaching the Experience of Disability/Healing

Ralph Anderson (St. Andrews) Music, Movement and Mania: the Corybantic ritual as a cure for madness

Emma-Jayne Graham (OU) Feet of clay: movement, mobility and religious identity in the sanctuaries of ancient Italy


4:45 – 5:25 PM Keynote

Eleanor Betts (OU) Multisensory Mapping of Rome’s Religious Landscape

5:25 – 5:45 Roundtable Discussion

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