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SASA Announces Summer 2023 Reading Groups

SASA is delighted to announce that we will be continuing our Summer Reading Groups this year. Our Reading Groups are free to anyone interested in the topic, and provide a forum to engage with ancient texts in English translation in the context of a discussion group with like-minded individuals from around the world. Thanks to the generous grant from the Delmas Foundation, SASA presents a wide range of excellent groups this summer.



This Summer, we are joined by a team of fantastic leaders who will facilitate 16 reading groups across a breadth of fascinating subjects in the Ancient World, offering students of all levels, backgrounds, and support networks an opportunity to dive into the study of the past with a subject expert.


This year’s reading groups cover topics from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Through discussion of texts and other materials, participants will engage with the past in rich and vibrant ways that apply to modern contexts.


Reading Groups are either 5 weeks, or 3 weeks in duration. Groups run weekly, falling between June 1 and August 18, 2023.


Catherine Nuckols-Wild, “Painted Stories: Reading Maya Mythology in Codex-Style Ceramics”

Thursdays at 4 p.m. EDT

June 1 - 29 (Five weeks)


Guendalina Daniela Maria Taietti, “The Alexander Romance”

Fridays at 11 a.m. EDT

June 2 - 30 (Five weeks)

John Haberstroh, “Is This Your Neighbor, Is This You? Looking at Others and Ourselves in Theophrastus' ‘Characters’”

Fridays at 2 p.m. EDT

June 2 - 16 (Three weeks)


Sophia Elzie, “Mother, Murderer: Medeas in Antiquity and Beyond”

Sundays at 3 p.m. EDT

June 4 - July 2 (Five weeks)


Molly Anderson Stevens, “True Stories: Classical Sci-Fi and Fantasy”

Mondays at 5 p.m. EDT

June 5 - July 3 (Five weeks)


Mariana Castro, “Beyond the Silk Roads”

Thursdays at 9 a.m.

June 8 - July 6 (Five weeks)


Jessica Lugo, “She's Just Not That Into You: Unrequited Love in Antiquity”

Thursdays at 2 p.m. EDT

June 8 - July 6 (Five weeks)



Brendan Hainline, “The Pyramid Texts: The Earliest Ancient Egyptian Rituals”

Thursdays at 3 p.m. EDT

June 8 - July 6 (Five weeks)



Julian Posch, “Tomb Robberies in Ancient Egypt: Prevention, Persecution, and Punishment”

Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. EDT

June 13 - 27 (Three weeks)


Kenneth Connally, “Atoms and Void: Lucretius' On the Nature of Things”

Tuesdays at 1 p.m. EDT

June 13 - July 11 (Five weeks)


Dr. Sara Knutson, “Reading the Abbasid Past: History and Islamic Heritage”

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. EDT

June 14 - 28 (Three weeks)


Yentl Love, “Queer Lives and Loves in Ancient History”

Wednesdays at 1 p.m. EDT

June 14 - July 12 (Five weeks)


Charlotte Spence, “Curse Tablets: Personal Communication with the Dead and the Gods in the Ancient World”

Fridays at 2 p.m. EDT

June 16 - 30 (Three weeks)


Naomi Moralez-Glenn, "Defying the Gods, Parallelism and Forgotten Female Rage: The Epics"

Sundays at 11:30 a.m. EDT

June 18, 25, July 9,16, 30, Aug 6 (No sessions July 2 & 23) (Five weeks)


Karina Atudosie, “From Harlots to Heroines: Royal Women in the Hebrew Bible”

Thursdays at 12 p.m. EDT

June 29 - July 13 (Three weeks)




Dr. Lillian Cespedes Gonzalez, “Unlocking Beowulf”

Fridays at 11 a.m. EDT

August 4 - 18 (Three weeks)



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