Bronwen Wickkiser is a specialist in ancient Greek history and culture, especially the intersection between religion and medicine. Her first book explores the appeal of healing deities in relation to the rise of Hippocratic medicine (Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece), while her second book looks at performance, architecture, and acoustics in a Greek healing sanctuary as they relate to music therapy (The Thymele at Epidauros). At Wabash, Wickkiser enjoys teaching courses related to these topcis, such as Ancient Greek Religion & Magic and Health Care in the Greco-Roman World. Recently, she has been delving into ways that modern culture receives the ancient past, a field known as Classical Reception.
A passionate proponent of study abroad, Wickkiser enjoys taking students to Greece and Italy and is eager to explore with Wabash students the culture of neoclassicism right here in Crawfordsville (the "Athens of Indiana"), from the Lew Wallace Study to war memorials and burial monuments. Currently, she teaches courses on Greek and Latin language and literature, and on the history and culture of Greece. She plans to lead an immersion trip to Greece in spring 2018 for Wabash students as part of her course Uncovering Greek Religion.
Wickkiser serves on the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (Greece), and has received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.
She is an avid rower who has trained and competed in national regattas. If you take her Freshman Tutorial on the Odyssey, chances are that you'll visit the Indianapolis Rowing Center on beautiful Eagle Creek and learn the art of rowing.
- BA, Oberlin College (major: Latin; minor: Religion)
- MA and PhD, University of Texas at Austin (Classics)
"Sound and Epiphany in Asklepieia: The Case of Epidauros," Archaeological Institute of America annual meeting, Boston, Jan 2018.
“Materiality and Performance in Fourth-Century Cultic Paeans: The Case of Epidauros,” Materiality, Representation, and Performance in Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry, University of Edinburgh, June 20-21, 2017.
“The Music of Architecture and the Therapy of Sound in a Greek Healing Sanctuary: the Thymele at Epidauros,” 12th Annual Paul Rehak Symposium on Ancient Art, University of Kansas, March 2017.
“Teaching Ancient Medicine: A Gateway,” Roundtable discussion, co-led with Yurie Hong (Gustavus Adolphus College), Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Jan 2017.
“Commemoration, Conflict, and the Classical Tradition: The Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery,” Workshop in Ancient Mediterranean Studies, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Sept 23, 2016.
“From Zeus to Zika: A Quick Tour of Epidemic Disease from Antiquity to the Present,” National Junior Classical League Convention, Bloomington IN, July 29, 2016.
The Thymele at Epidauros: Healing, Space, and Muscial Performance in Late Classical Greece. Co-authored with P. Schultz, G. Hinge, C. Kanellopoulos, and J. Franklin. Theran Press, 2017.
Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult II: Architecture, Sacred Space, Sacred Objects. Edited with J. Jensen, G. Hinge, and P. Schultz. Copenhagen: Diomedes. Forthcoming.
Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult: Context, Ritual and Iconography. Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity 8. Edited with J. Jensen, G. Hinge, and P. Schultz. Århus: Århus University Press, 2009.
Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece: Between Craft and Cult. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
“Cupid’s Arrows: Lead, Gold, Magic and Medicine in Ovid, Met. 1.452-567.” Mnemosyne 71 (2018) 100-124.
“The Iamatika of the New Milan Posidippus.” Classical Quarterly 63.2 (2013) 623-32.
Recent Book Reviews
Review of Johanna Hanink, The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity (Harvard, 2017) in New England Classical Journal, Spring 2018, 53-55.
McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholar Grant, Wabash College, "Circularity, Spectacle and Performance: Fourth-Century Tholoi and the Changing Landscape of Greek Ritual," 2016-17.
MAJORS & MINORS
- ASIAN STUDIES (MINOR)
- BLACK STUDIES (MINOR)
- BUSINESS (MINOR)
- COMPUTER SCIENCE
- EDUCATION STUDIES (MINOR)
- ELECTRONIC MUSIC (MINOR)
- ENGINEERING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
- FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA (MINOR)
- GENDER STUDIES (MINOR)
- Global Health (MINOR)
- HISPANIC STUDIES
- MODERN LANGUAGES
- MULTICULTURAL AMER. STUDIES (MINOR)
- Neuroscience (MINOR)
- PRE-MEDICINE (PRE-PROFESSIONAL)
- POLITICAL SCIENCE