Identity in Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Sponsored by the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Organized by Barbette Spaeth, College of William and Mary, and Eric Orlin, University of Puget Sound.

Deadline extended to February 16!

The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions (SAMR) invites scholars and students of the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern and Anatolian religions, as well as early Christianity and Judaism, to submit abstracts for its panel session at the Anaheim meeting of the American Philological Association in 2010. The objective of the panel is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines, including philology, history, archaeology and religious studies, to consider the relationship between identity and religion in the ancient Mediterranean world.

The subject of identity has received much scholarly attention in the past few decades, profiting particularly from insights gained from cultural studies and postcolonial and gender theory. This panel will investigate the application of these new theoretical and critical approaches to the study of ancient Mediterranean religions. Papers might cover such subjects as: the function of religion in forming, maintaining, dissolving, and recreating personal, ethnic, social and cultural identity; the problem of the separation of religious identity from other forms of collective identity in antiquity; the representation and enactment of religious identity; and the effect of religious hybridization on identity formation. Papers that utilize more than one form of evidence (e.g., literary, epigraphical, archaeological) and those that cover more than one ancient Mediterranean religion are highly encouraged. Speakers must be members in good standing of the APA to participate in the panel.

Abstracts should be submitted by email attachment as .doc or .rtf files to Barbette Spaeth at and should be from 500-600 words in length for a paper to last between 15 to 20 minutes. Abstracts should contain a title and a word count, but should not have any information regarding the identity of the submitter. For further information about abstract format, please see the APA Program Guide. All abstracts for papers will be reviewed anonymously by the program committee of SAMR. For further information, please contact Barbette Spaeth, Department of Classical Studies, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187 ( or Eric Orlin, Department of Classics, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 98416 ( .