Bronwen Wickkiser is a specialist in ancient Greek history and culture, especially the intersection between religion and medicine. Her first book explores the appeal of healing deities in relation to the rise of Hippocratic medicine (Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece), while her current book project looks at performance, architecture, and acoustics in Greek sanctuaries as they relate to music therapy. At Wabash, Wickkiser enjoys teaching courses related to these topcis, such as Ancient Greek Religion & Magic and Health Care in the Greco-Roman World. Recently, she has been delving into ways that modern culture receives the ancient past, a field known as Classical Reception.
A passionate proponent of study abroad, Wickkiser enjoys taking students to Greece and Italy and is also eager to explore with Wabash students the culture of neoclassicism right here in Crawfordsville (the "Athens of Indiana"), from the Lew Wallace Study to war memorials and burial monuments. Currently, she teaches courses on Greek and Latin language and literature, and on the history and culture of Greece.
Wickkiser serves on the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (Greece), where she has spent several years in residence, and has received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.
Based in Crawfordsville, she is an avid rower who trains and competes in national regattas with the Indianapolis Rowing Center. If you take her Freshman Tutorial on the Odyssey, chances are that you'll learn to row on beautiful Eagle Creek.
BA, Oberlin College (Latin major, Religion minor)
MA and PhD, University of Texas at Austin (Classics)
"Commemoration and Conflict: The Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery," at the invitation of the Peace Studies Program, Gustavus Adolphus College, March 2016.
"Nostoi: Odysseus, American Sniper (2014) and the Veteran's Journey Home," Film & History Conference, Madison WI, November 2015.
“Therapeutic Topographies: The Mysterious Case of an Unusual Round Building in an Ancient Greek Healing Sanctuary,” University of Mount Union, Slater Lecture (http://www.mountunion.edu/slater-lecture), October 2015.
“‘Water is Cold and Wet’: Some Reflections on Water in Early Greek Medicine and the Cult of Asklepios,” HYDRΩMED: Culture and Cult of Water in the Mediterranean World in the 1st Millennium BCE; Athens, Greece, July 2015.
“Sterilis Fecunda Probatur: Birth Narratives, Fertility, and the Iamata of Apollo,” American Philological Association Annual Meeting; Chicago, January 2014.
“Cupid’s Arrows: Lead, Gold, Magic and Medicine in Ovid, Met. 1.452-567.” Forthcoming, Mnemosyne.
“The Iamatika of the New Milan Posidippus.” Classical Quarterly 63.2 (2013) 623-32.
“IG II2 4963 and the Priesthood of Asklepios in Athens.” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 179 (2011) 123-5.
“Communicating with the Gods in Ancient Greece: Acoustics and the Design of the Thymele at Epidauros,” Peter Schultz and Bronwen Wickkiser, International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society 6.6 (2010) 143-64.
Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult II: Architecture, Sacred Space, Sacred Objects. Edited with J. Jensen, G. Hinge, and P. Schultz. Copenhagen: Diomedes. Forthcoming.
Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult: Context, Ritual and Iconography. Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity 8. Edited with J. Jensen, G. Hinge, and P. Schultz. Århus: Århus University Press, 2009.
Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece: Between Craft and Cult. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
The Thymele of Epidaurus: A Harmonics of Healing:
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