Aaron L. Beek is a philologist and historian with two primary research areas: ancient banditry/piracy and ancient North Africa. More broadly, he works on a swath of Middle Republic and Hellenistic events, particularly as told and remembered by imperial-era writers centuries later. Other research interests include Plautus, Latin Patristics (especially Tertullian), and Latin epigraphy (particularly epigraphy in North Africa). He has also worked on history pedagogy, digital humanities, and text analysis.
computational culture studies, experimental criticism, philosophy of literature and information technology, cooperation, peer production, and book piracy
Independent researcher with an interdisciplinary interest in (a) Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East, and (b) the nexus of magic, mythology and religion in the ancient and modern world.
I’m a classical philologist interested in ancient agriculture, sensory studies, and ancient magic, religion, and ritual; much of my work is at the intersection of these areas. My forthcoming book, The Scent of Ancient Magic, deals with intersections of scent and ritual in the ancient Mediterranean. My next book project will examine ancient farming and how Romans used agriculture as part of their public image.
I wrote my master’s thesis on ancient Greek and Roman libraries, and my PhD thesis on the abandonment of sanctuaries and transfer of cults in Ancient Greece. I am now studying the interaction between sanctuaries and scholarship in Ancient Greece.
Pedagogy, communication, mobility I work in faculty development and instructional design with an emphasis on online and hybrid teaching and learning and intercultural engagement. I also teach Religious Studies, Christian origins, and ancient history. My research and writing explore ancient and modern itinerancy, ancient ethnicity and modern race, gender studies, and biopolitics.
Ancient Philosophy; Rhetoric; Composition; Political and Legal Philosophy