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Faculty Directory » Daniel C. Sarefield

Economics, History, and Political Science

Office Hours:

Semester: Spring 2019
Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:30 - 1:45

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)
Life in the Roman City (HIST 3422)
Senior Seminar (HIST 4500)
Independent Study: Readings in Early Islamic History
Independent Study: Religion and Magic in Ancient Rome
Independent Study: Delphi and the Delphic Oracle
Independent Study: Empires of the Steppes

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)
Reading Latin Inscriptions (LATN 3000)
Independent Study: Latin for Beginners I
Independent Study: Latin for Beginners II
Independent Study: Intermediate Latin I
Independent Study: Intermediate Latin II
Independent Study: Ovid
Independent Study: Catullus
Independent Study: Apuleius

Graduate History and Latin Courses:

Topics: The Age of the Caesars
The Silk Roads (HIST 9016)
Roman Society and Culture (HIST 9017)
Topics: The Age of the Caesars
Topics: Empires of the Steppes
Topics: Special Studies in Medieval History
Independent Study: Readings in Early Islamic History
Independent Study: Geography & Culture of the Middle East
Topics: Special Studies in Latin
Independent Study: Readings in Latin

Education:

Ph.D., Ancient History, The Ohio State University
M.A., Ancient History, The Ohio State University
B.A., Religion and History, Miami University
Associate Professor of History
Graduate Program Chair, Master of Arts in History

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:

Published Works:

"Book Burning in Livy: Text and Context." In Rerum gestarum monumentis et memoriae. Cultural Readings in Livy, 13-32. Edited by Andrzej Gillmeister. Warsaw, Poland: Warsaw University Press, 2018.

"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.

Forthcoming Publications:

"The Cult of Glykon as a 'New Religious Movement,'" In Egyptian and Eastern Cults in the Roman Empire, Edited by Patricia Johnston, Attilio Mastrocinque, and László Takács. Debrecen, Hungary: Acta Classica Universtatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis. [Forthcoming]

"'To the Ravens': Curses from the Oracle of Abonouteichos." In Curses and Blessings in Antiquity. Edited by Patricia Johnston, Attilio Mastrocinque, and László Takács. Debrecen, Hungary: Acta Classica Universtatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis. [Forthcoming]

Professional Papers and Presentations:

"'To the Ravens': Curses from the Oracle of Abonouteichos." Paper given at the Symposium Classicum Peregrinum 2018: "Curses and Blessings in Antiquity," held at Lonato del Garda, Italy, June 2018.

"Integrating Glykon." Paper given at the Symposium Classicum Peregrinum 2017: "Egyptian and Eastern Cults in the Roman Empire," sponsored by Pázmány Péter Catholic University, held in Szombathely and Sopron, Hungary, June 2017.

"Book Burning in Roman Memory and Representation." Presentation given at the 19th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association International Congress, Università degli studi di Palermo, Sicily, Italy, May 2016.

"Book Burning after Augustus." Paper presented at the international conference Commemorating Augustus: A Bi-millennial Re-evaluation, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, United Kingdom, August 2014.

"Book Burning after Augustus." Paper presented at the Symposium on the Age of Augustus, sponsored by the Università degli studi di Verona, held at Gazzo Veronese, Italy, June 2014.

"'If I Return to Scythia a Better Man than I Left': Anacharsis the Wise Barbarian." Paper presented at the International Conference in the Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia: Texts & Artefacts, Institutions & Practices, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, July 2013.

"The Roman Origins of Book Burning." Paper presented at the 15th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association International Congress, 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.

Invited Papers:

"Book Burning After Augustus." Paper presented as the Classics Lecture at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, March 2016.

"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.

Other Professional Presentations:

"Building Continuity into a Short Term Study Abroad Program." Faculty panelist, 2017 NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Region XI Conference, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, November 2017.

Medieval Studies for Secondary Educators Workshop. Panelist, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, April 2016.

Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance. A Symposium. Panelist, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, October 2015.

"Fahrenheit 451: Banning Books; Burning Books." Public lecture, Fitchburg Historical Society, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, September 2013.