Britta Ager


B.A. Kenyon College
Ph.D. University of Michigan


My research interests include ancient magic, Roman religion and agriculture, and the intersection of magic, science, and religion in the Roman world. My dissertation was on the magic that Roman farmers regularly used to ensure that their crops grew and their animals stayed healthy. I'm currently working on a book on the same topic.

I'm also interested in scent in antiquity, and especially the ways in which magic is envisioned as a smell by the Romans and by other cultures worldwide, and in depictions of witches in ancient literature.

I spent a year at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and I look forward to getting back to the Mediterranean.