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Faculty and students in the Department of Classical Studies engage with some of the most profound and exciting thinkers and writers of the Western tradition. The department offers BA and PhD programs in specializations including Classical Civilization, Classics and Religion, Classics and Philosophy, Latin, and Ancient and Modern Greek. Undergraduate concentrators have the opportunity to reside in the Classics House, a Bay State Road brownstone.


Department chair: Stephen Scully
Campus address: 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 414
Phone: 617-353-2427
Fax: 617-353-1610

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  • Femtheogens: women and sacred plants in the classical world 

    Ruck, Carl Anton Paul (2016)
    Typical of male reluctance to accept the role of female involvement with entheogens, one recent authority on ancient wine has cast doubt on the very existence of the otherwise well-documented ...
  • The spiritual lover in the cult of Dionysus 

    Ruck, Carl (2019-11-01)
  • Persia, haoma and the Greek mysteries 

    Ruck, Carl (CİSEATED-ASEHERT, 2019-09-01)
    In the mythological tradition, the Greeks traced tribal affiliations with the Persians through Perses, the son of the hero Perseus, and with the Medes through the sorceress Medea’s son Medos. They also traced family ties ...
  • Mushroom Sacraments in the cults of early Europe 

    Ruck, Carl Anton Paul (NeuroQuantology Journal, 2016)
    In 1957, R. Gordon Wasson, a professional banker and amateur mycologist, inadvertently launched a profound cultural change that has come to be called the Psychedelic Revolution, by publishing an account of his experience with ...
  • The wolves of war: evidence of an ancient cult of warrior lycanthropy 

    Ruck, Carl Anton Paul (NeuroQuantology Journal, 2016)
    Archaeological evidence indicates that naturally occurring megalithic structures that resemble mushrooms throughout the region identified as Thrace in antiquity were the foci of religious observances, sometime with ...
  • Reorienting the shamanic axis: Apollo from wolf to light 

    Ruck, Carl
    Delphi was the universal axis mundi or central connection with the theological cosmos for the ancient Greco-Roman world, the seat of the most renowned shaman of antiquity, the Pythoness prophetess. The long sequence of ...
  • The new Aphrodite 

    Ruck, Carl A.P. (2017)
    The tale of Eros and Psyche is known from its Latin version as Cupid and Psyche, encapsulated in the novel titled the Metamorphoses or Golden Ass (Asinus Aureus) of the second-century CE Apuleius from a Roman colony in ...
  • Thracian Mystery Religions 

    Ruck, Carl Anton Paul (2018-12-31)
    The ancient Mystery mythological tradition links northern mainland Greece and the islands of Samothrace and Lemnos with Troy, Persia, Boeotian Thebes, Egypt, Crete, Etruscan Italy, the Peloponnesus, Athens, and the sanctuary ...
  • Soma and the Greek mysteries 

    Ruck, C.A.P. (2016)
  • The apotheosis of the Divine Claudius: on the Emperor's lethal meal of mushrooms 

    Ruck, Carl (Neofit Rilski University Press, 2020-09-01)
    The Latin satire known as the Apocolocyntosis Divi Caludii, with several variant designations, is attributed to Seneca the Younger, a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman and dramatist of the first century CE. It is a prose ...

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