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Data Science, Human Science, and Ancient Gods: Conversations in Theory & Method

Edited by Sandra Blakely and Megan Daniels


The studies in this volume share a focus on religion in the ancient Mediterranean world: How ritual, myth, spectatorship, and travel reflect the continual interaction of human beings with the richly fictive beings who defined the boundaries of groups, access to the past, and mobility across land and seascapes. They share as well the methodological exploration of the intersection between human sciences—the integration of numerous disciplines around the study of all aspects of human life from the biological to the cultural—and the study of the past. In so doing, they continue a long dialogue that engages with critical models derived from specializations within history, philology, archaeology, sociology, and anthropology, and addresses, increasingly, the potentialities and pitfalls of quantitative and digital analyses. Many of the threads in this long conversation inform these chapters: the comparative project, human social evolution, disciplinary reflexivity, religion as an embedded, functional, and structural system, and the role for agency, networks, and materiality.


Contributors: Sandra Blakely, Megan Daniels, R. Benjamin Gorham, Sebastian Heath, Kathryn A. Langenfeld, Jennifer Larson, Jacob Latham, Lindsey A. Mazurek, M. Willis Monroe, Sarah Murray, Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Maggie L. Popkin, and Ian Rutherford.


About the Editors:


Sandra Blakely is associate professor of Classics at Emory University.


Megan Daniels is assistant professor of ancient Greek material culture at the University of British Columbia.


Data Science, Human Science, and Ancient Gods: Conversations in Theory & Method

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    SAMR vol. 3

    xiv + 328 pages (plus index)

    6x9 inches

    978-1-948488-51-8 (hardcover)

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    June 2023

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