October 6, 2000 Geneva, NY-Professor Debbie Felton of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will present “Ghosts in Togas: Greek and Roman Haunted Houses” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, in Room 101, Napier Hall, on the Hobart and William Smith campus.
Felton's talk will address haunted houses and other sorts of spooky phenomena in the ancient world, including the grateful dead, the walking dead, necromancy, and poltergeists. She will examine the relation of these ancient stories to their modern descendants, such as Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Oscar Wilde's Canterville Ghost, and the tradition of the Gothic novel.
Felton specializes in folklore and mythology, particularly folklore of the supernatural. She received a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She wrote Haunted Greece and Rome, published in 1999 by the University of Texas Press.
This event is free and open to the public.