Erichtho’s Mouth: Persuasive Speaking, Sexuality and Magic

Hey Lauren – Congrats on getting your degree! And what a fascinating dissertation. I cannot believe some fundy stood up at a university commencement and gave you grief. Closed minded a-hole! I love that commencement speech given at Dickinson, which btw is only about 40 miles away from here and i am distant friends with Professor Dan Cozort who is the main chair of religious studies there and has a small group of Tibetan Buddhist students. You can find his works at Amazon or on Dickinson’s website. I am going to reblog that speech for sure with an AMEN lol. Also i like the new design and name of your blog. Blessings.

Blue Star Owl

She neither prays to Gods Above nor begs divine

aid with suppliant hymn, nor does she know prophetic

entrails. Decking altars with flames funereal gives her

joy — so does incense filched from pyres already kindled.

The Gods Above grant her every evil the moment

she invokes Them — They fear to hear her second prayer.

~ description of Erichtho from Lucan’s Pharsalia, Book 6, lines 523-528 from Jane Wilson Joyce’s translation

The last few months I haven’t put a great deal into writing here because I have been so focused on finishing my thesis for my M.A.

It focuses on the classical witch Erichtho and her appearance in one of John Marston’s plays. I fell in love with the witch Erichtho in an independent study on the witch in literature last year.

It is finally officially done and published! If you’re curious, you can find it here: http://scholarworks.uno.edu/td/2020/

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