Jake Morton, Assistant Professor of Classics
In fall 2021, Jake Morton recreated an animal sacrifice to teach modern-day students about everyday life in ancient Greece.
“People now think sacrifice means to deprive yourself of something, but it’s not. It’s a party, man.”
For ancient people, who subsisted largely on porridge, a rich stew and a surfeit of wine was a big deal — a moment of deep bonding for the community. The experience also served as an unmediated interaction with the divine. “You’re actually sharing the meal with the gods.”