SASA Reading Groups

Texts-in-Translation groups connect those interested in the Ancient World through a range of topics explored in live weekly discussions.

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SASA Reading Groups are proud to be sponsored by

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Through this project, we aim to continue to open the world of Ancient Studies to students in high school, college and beyond. Each group is led by a SASA Educational Ambassador, a dedicated PhD student specialising in that particular area of study.

Groups are set up as informal discussion sessions in which participants examine the themes and ideas in the weekly readings, as guided by the Educational Ambassador.

Reading materials are supplied in digital format by the Educational Ambassador several days in advance of each meeting to allow participants to prepare for discussion during the live session, hosted on Zoom.

SASA Reading Group & Master Class Archive

(Click the image to view the Live Syllabus, when available from groups!)

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The Bacchae of Euripides: On Priestesses, Orgasmic Dancers, and Other Decadent Women

Led by Alessandra Indelicato & Tuhin Bhattacharjee   

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Gimme My Money! Lawsuits, Foreigners, and Maritime Contracts in Classical Athens

Led by Anna Accettola

Roots, Seeds & Trees: Genealogies of Modern Racism & Ethnocentrism in Greece & Rome

Led by John Haberstroh

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Ancients Dit It Too! Sex, Desire, and Seduction in Ancient India & Greece

​​Led by Tuhin Bhattacharjee

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Gender Identitiy and Sexuality in Greek & Roman Literature

​​Led by John Haberstroh

Tales of Magic and Wonder from Ancient Egyptian Literature

​​Led by Christian Casey

Playing with Death: Games in the Ancient World

​​Led by Shane M. Tompson

The Search for the Golden Fleece: Jason and the Argonauts

Led by John Haberstroh


A Brief Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphic Writing

Led by Catherine Wilde

Politics Past and Present: The (Non)Difference

Led by Georgina Longley

Loving, Losing, Remembering: Kālidāsa’s The Recognition of Śakuntalā

​​Led by Tuhin Bhattacharjee

An Introduction to Ancient Near-Eastern Music ‘Theory’: Understanding Musical Inscriptions

​​Led by Dylan Gibson 

Gifts, Leadership, and Survival: A Journey Through the Persian Empire with Xenophon

Led by John Haberstroh

Taking Care of Egypt, Taking Care of the Home: The Power of Elite and Royal Women

Led by Luiza Silva

Long ago, in a Galaxy Called the Milky Way: Creation Stories Around the World

Led by Shane M. Thompson

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The Ancient Library of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Led by Tine Rassalle

“In Their Proper Place": Women in Ancient Egypt

Led by Theresa Tiliakos

Gilgamesh Flood Story

Led by Martin Worthington  


Something Wicked? 
An Introduction to Greco-Roman Magic


Led by James Gilmer

The Ancient Olympic Games

Led by John Haberstroh

Representations of “the Other” in ancient Egyptian literature

​​Led by Kate Minniti & Briana Jackson

Arrian’s ‘Anabasis’ 
The Campaigns of Alexander the Great

​​Led by Meg Finlayson 

Queering Myth: Oedipus in Antiquity & Today

​​Led by Yoandy Cabrera Ortega

Women and Power in Ancient Turkey: Hittite Queens and Queenship

Led by Michael Moore.

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Silicon Valleys of the Ancient World: Ancient Technology, Metals and Mining

Led by Sara Quaggio 

Gods, Ghosts, and Graves: Archaeology of Religions

Led by Bruno Soltic

Pharaoh Triumphant: Power Politics in Ancient Egypt

​​Led by Luiza Silva

Exodus, Exile, and Immigration in the Old Testament

​​Led by Eric Trinka, PhD.

Secret Knowledge of the Doctor: Health and Medicine in the Ancient World

​​Led by Dr. Casey Kirkpatrick

Lazarus Rising: The Tenth Century Byzantine Military Renaissance

Led by James Gilmer  

Maya Myths in Art & Writing

Led by Catherine Wilde

Food & Feasting in the Ancient World

Led by Michael Moore

The Making of a “Bad” Emperor: 
Tyrants and Hedonists?

​​Led by Victoria Muccilli

Email us now to find out more about becoming a

SASA Educational Ambassador