JAKE CHRISSMAN ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • Bronwen Wickkiser, Theodore Bedrick Associate Professor of Classics, celebrated the publishing of her third book with the Wabash community this past Wednesday. The reception, located in the 1832 Brew Lounge, provided a great opportunity for Wabash students to see another side of faculty life.
The Thymele at Epidauros: Healing, Space, and Musical Performance in Late Classical Greece is a 10+ year collaborative project undertaken by Wickkiser and her colleagues. It discusses a round building in the Ancient Greek city Epidauros.
The building is a closed round building, which is a rare form of building in ancient Greece,” Wickkiser said.
Wickkiser also disclosed a unique labyrinth style basement. This building has always troubled scholars, but Wickkiser and her colleagues took a new approach to understanding it.
“We are proposing that it was used for musical performance,” Wickkiser said. “Music would have been performed inside the building that would have been amplified by the unique substructure. Since it is in a healing sanctuary, we
are also arguing that the musical performance was therapeutic.”
Wickkiser is thrilled to finally have this book published. “The expectations for teaching are very high at Wabash,” Derek Nelson ’99, Chairman of the Religion Department, said. “We work very closely with students and teach more classes per semester than at research universities. It is harder to find the time and energy to do that. So the fact that Dr. Wickkiser has done that multiple times is amazing.” Wickkiser has previously published Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece and co-edited Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult. The Thymele at Epidauros: Healing, Space, and Musical Performance in Late Classical Greece is her third publication and her first collaborative publication.
“This was a different kind of book,” Wickkiser said. “We are hoping that this becomes a bit of a model for how research is done in Classics.”
Wickkiser plans next to release another edited volume of Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult. Wickkiser said, “It is always a big deal in academia to write a book. We are thrilled to have this finally see the light of day.”
Wickkiser is very thankful for the Wabash Community and their support of her new book. “This is my third book but my first book party,” Wickkiser said. “It feels great to have this support from the Wabash Community. It’s awesome to see so many faculty and students coming out and taking an interest in this kind of work.”