Cognitive Approaches to Ancient Religious Experience (CAARE)


Photo: Esther Eidinow. Temple of Segesta, Sicily, c.420BCE

Date and time

8-9 December, 2016
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 9am-5.30pm


Room 349, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


There is no charge to attend the conference, however registration is required. Numbers are limited.


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Conference overview

This is the final conference in the project ‘Cognitive Approaches to Ancient Religious Experience’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

In collaboration with scholars from the Religion, Cognition and Culture (RCC) research unit (Aarhus University), this project has brought together scholars using cognitive approaches to study religion with scholars of ancient Greek and Roman religions to explore the nature of religious experience. 

In two previous workshops, participants have examined possible interactions between modern scientific approaches and ancient data. 

  • sourcing an initial body of evidence to provide examples of ancient perceptions of human-divine interactions.


  • exploring experimental approaches and how they might contribute to historical studies.

This final conference continues the development of this research, presenting a number of working papers by scholars involved in the project. Panel topics include: Divination, Material Evidence, Music, Ritual, Sensing Gods, Text, and Rhetoric.



The conference is sponsored by the Institute of Classical Studies, and is part of a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) [AH/M006352/1].
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