Andrew T. Wilburn, associate professor of classics and archaeological studies at Oberlin College, will deliver the Archaeological Institute of America lecture at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 10, at the Nashville Parthenon. His lecture is entitled “Sorcery in the Soil: Finding Magic at Graeco-Roman Karanis in Egypt.”
His areas of specialization are Graeco-Roman Egypt and the archaeology of ritual and magic. He has been involved in fieldwork at Abydos, Corinth, Tel Kedesh and Caesarea in Israel, and on Cyprus. In his book, Materia Magica: The Archaeology of Magic in Roman Egypt, Cyprus, and Spain (University of Michigan Press, 2013), Wilburn focuses on three sites in the Mediterranean—Karanis in Egypt, Amathous on Cyprus, and Empúries in Spain. He attempts to discover magic in the objects of daily life from antiquity, suggesting that individuals frequently turned to magic, particularly in times of crisis.
Free and open to the public, Wilburn’s lecture is sponsored by the Nashville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Nashville Parthenon, and Vanderbilt’s Department of Classical Studies and Department of History of Art. Those who plan to attend the lecture are encouraged to call the Nashville Parthenon at 615.862.8431 to reserve a seat.