Faculty Directory » Daniel C. Sarefield

Economics, History, and Political Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays
2:00-3:15

Office Information:

Room Number: Miller Hall 313
Phone: 978-665-4804
Email: dsarefield@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate History Courses:

World Civilizations I (HIST 1000)
Ancient Greece and Rome (HIST 2020)
The European Middle Ages (HIST 2530)
The Byzantine Empire (HIST 2054)
The Silk Roads in History and Culture (HIST 2290)
Topics: Life in the Roman City (HIST 2XXX)
Independent Study: Readings in Early Islamic History
Independent Study: Religion and Magic in Ancient Rome

Undergraduate Latin Courses:

Latin for Beginners I (LATN 1000)
Latin for Beginners II (LATN 1100)
Intermediate Latin I (LATN 2000)
Intermediate Latin II (LATN 2100)
Independent Study: Readings in Ovid
Reading Latin Inscriptions (Summer 2014) 

Graduate History and Latin Courses:

Topics: The Age of the Caesars
Topics: The Silk Roads in History and Culture
Topics: Roman Society and Culture
Topics: Empires of the Steppes
Topics: Special Studies in Medieval History
Independent Study: Readings in Early Islamic History
Topics: Special Studies in Latin
Independent Study: Readings in Latin

Education:

Ph.D., Ancient History, Ohio State University
M.A., Ancient History, Ohio State University
B.A., Religion and History, Miami University

Research Interests:

My scholarly interests, broadly defined, revolve around religions, rituals, and books. I am currently revising my dissertation for publication as a series of articles and a monograph, Burning Books in Ancient Rome, which explores the phenomenon of book burning from its earliest origins during the Roman Republic through the later Roman and Byzantine eras. Although I plan to continue to research and publish on the subject of religion and violence in the ancient world following the completion of my monograph, I have opened up a new research field connected to my teaching on the Silk Roads and hope to begin to devote my energies to this endeavor more completely following the completion of my current project.

Representative Publications:

“The Roman Origins of Book Burning.” (Article under consideration).

“The Symbolics of Book Burning: The Establishment of a Christian Ritual of Persecution.” In The Early Christian Book, 159–73. Edited by William E. Klingshirn and Linda Safran. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2007.

“Book Burning in the Christian Roman Empire: Transforming a Pagan Rite of Purification.” In Violence in Late Antiquity: Perceptions and Practices, 287–96. Edited by Harold A. Drake. Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2006.

“Dimensions of Terrorism,” in Timothy E. Gregory, ed., Exploring the European Past: Texts and Images, Columbus, Ohio: Department of History, Ohio State University and Thomson Learning Custom Publishers, 2006.

Works in Preparation:

“The Augustan Revival of Book Burning.” (Article in preparation.)

Burning Books in Ancient Rome. (Book manuscript in preparation.)

“Byzantium in the History of Book Burning and Censorship.” (Article in preparation.)

“Seeing is Believing – Violence and Conversion in the Vita Porphyrii and the Christianization of Gaza.” (Article in preparation.)

Papers and Presentations

Professional Papers:

“‘If I Return to Scythia a Better Man than I Left It’: Anacharsis the Wise Barbarian.” Paper presented at the Conference on the Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia: Texts & Artifacts, Institutions & Practices, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, July, 2013.

“The Roman Origins of Book Burning.” Paper presented at the 15th Annual Mediterranean Studies

Congress, Mediterranean Studies Association and Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Pula, Croatia, May-June 2012.

“The Roman Origins of Book Burning.” Association of Ancient Historians 2012 Annual Meeting, Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, May 2012.

“The Roman Origins of Book Burning.” Paper presented in the Fitchburg State University Speakers Series, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, March 2011.

“Byzantium in the History of Book Burning and Censorship.” Paper presented at the Symposium on

Byzantine and Ottoman Civilizations in World History, Istanbul Şehir University and the World History Association, Istanbul, Turkey, October 2010.

“Book Burning in the Byzantine Empire.” Paper presented at the Center for Teaching and Learning

Speakers Series, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, May 2008.

“Seeing Religious Violence in the Vita Porphyrii and the Christianization of Gaza.” Paper presented at the Working Conference on Ways of Seeing in Late Antique Material Religion, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, March 2008.

“Book Burning in the Christian Roman Empire: Transforming a Pagan Rite of Purification.” Paper presented at Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, March 2003.

“Using Exploring the European Past: Texts and Images in the Classroom: Insights and Examples.”

Teacher workshop presented at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, January 2003.

“Into the Flames: Destruction by Fire in Late Antiquity.” Paper presented at the Byzantine Studies

Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, October 2002.

“The Symbolics of Book Burning: The Establishment of a Christian Ritual of Persecution.” Paper presented at the Conference on the Early Christian Book, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., June 2002.

“Incendiary Texts: Burning Magical Books in the Late Roman Period.” Paper presented at the Byzantine Studies Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 2000.

Invited Paper:

“The Roman Origins of Book Burning.” Paper presented in the American and International Studies
Colloquium Series, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, New Jersey, December 2011.

Public Presentations:

“Book Burning in Human History.” Public lecture, Fitchburg Historical Society, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, September 2013.

“The Lost Legion: The (Not So) True Story of the Roman Army That Went to China.” Public lecture, Johnsonia Cultural Series, Johnsonia Art Gallery, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, April 2011.

“Snake Cults, Charlatans, and Burning Books: The Incredible Ancient Rome of Lucian of Samosata.”

Public lecture, Johnsonia Cultural Series, Johnsonia Art Gallery, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, January 2010.

“The War against Books in Human History.” Public lecture, Banned Books Week 2009, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, October 2009.

“Beauty and Pleasure in Ancient Rome.” Public lecture, Johnsonia Cultural Series, Johnsonia Art

Gallery, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, October 2008.