Moore Greek Lecture at Trinity College Examines Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Rome

Professor Celia Schultz, of the University of Michigan, Delivers Annual Lecture

Hartford, Connecticut, October 27, 2015 Trinity College recently hosted Celia Schultz, a professor of classical studies at the University of Michigan, to deliver the annual Moore Greek Lecture. Schultz’s lecture, “Must There Be Blood? Ritual Sacrifice at Rome,” discussed the role of sacrifice in ancient Roman religion. Students and faculty from the Classics, History, Language and Culture Studies departments and the Guided Studies Gateway Program filled the Terrace Rooms in Mather Hall to hear the lecture on October 19.

Trinity ​Professor Gary Reger, Josephine Tannuzzo ’18, University of Michigan Professor Celia Schultz, and Dylan Ingram ’18.
Schultz said that she began her research in Roman religion and sacrifice when she became tired of works portraying the death of two Vestal Virgins as sacrifices. Schultz is the author of A Commentary on Cicero, De Divinatione I (2014) and Women’s Religious Activity in the Roman Republic (2006), the co-author of two volumes on Roman religious life, and editor of the monograph series Societas.

Hobart Professor of Classical Languages Gary Reger, chair of the Classics Department, said, “We like to find people [to deliver the Moore Lecture] who are up and coming in the field, and I think in a few years Celia will be a really big, important person. So we kind of got her at the cusp of that.”

The annual Moore Greek Lecture was established through a bequest of Charles E. Moore, Trinity Class of 1876, to encourage the study of Greek and classical studies. It is also seen as an opportunity to attract speakers who challenge standard views within the field. Reger said, “We like to look for someone who is new and different and also plays into classes we are teaching. We have a lot of things going on this semester that tie into questions of Roman religion and Roman sacrifice.” Like the lecturers that Reger hosts at Trinity, the courses offered in the Classics Department provide new ways to look at ancient Greek and Roman history.

The next lecture sponsored by the Classics Department will be held in the spring.

Written by Eleanor Worsley ’17