Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mithracon 2008 report

(The New England Convention for Mithraic Studies)

The 11th annual Mithracon was held in New Haven CT on the weekend of April 11th-13th. This year's convention was delightfully casual, with an evening out for Persian food in honor of Mithras, and of course featuring a full day of research at the Yale University Library.

It's amazing how much information simply is not available to the average layperson... much regarding history and ancient religion is written by scholars for scholars, and appears in publications that mostly never see the outside of universities. You can't just walk into these libraries and browse, so Mithracon is an opportunity to get at the rare information your local library just can't procure. This year attendees needed to have new photo ID's made before being allowed into the bookstacks... but the process only took a few minutes and the ID's can be used again next year.

As always, Mithracon included casual discussion time, vendor sales, time for research presentations, (scholarly and otherwise) and a visit to the Yale University Museum as well as the library day mentioned above. A good time was had by all, and plans are underway for next year's convention. Mithracon is highly recommended as a great way to spend time with others passionate about ancient history and religion, as well as a rare research opportunity.

Check out www.mithracon.org in the next few weeks for registration information for 2009!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Website update is started!

Some good news, a much-needed update and expansion of the Julian Society website has begun. Changes to the main page have been put up, and the information about the Society and what it does will be expanded over the next couple of weeks.

The goal is to make the site more informative and to offer more content. This new blog for instance will allow for much more current information to be available! Once the main information has been revamped, it will be time to try working on the bookstore and online shop. Hopefully the Julian Society will be more active once more resources are available to members!

-Marcus Cassius Julianus

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Julian Society now has a web log!

This web log will be replacing the "newsletter" section of the Julian Society website, www.juliansociety.org. The newsletter was difficult to update on the site, so this new format will allow much more current information to be available from the Society website.
More posts will be made here shortly, once the link to this site has been added to the main page. At last new information...