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Alicia Matz

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Alicia Matz was born and raised in Littleton, CO, but currently resides in Boston, MA. She received her BA in Classical Languages from University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA in 2015, her MA in Classics from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, in 2017, and is currently a PhD candidate in Classics (with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies) at Boston University.

Her research interests include Augustan literature, politics, and material culture and reception, especially in science fiction and fantasy literature. Currently, she is co-editing a special edition of Thersites on “Classical Reception in Tolkien.” As a disability advocate through CripAntiquity, she co-authored a guide to “Making Graduate Programs More Accessible”.

In her free time she runs the @LOTRinLatin Twitter, where she is translating Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (slowly) into Latin, as well as the @IodulaDicit Twitter, where she tweets in Latin as Baby Yoda/Grogu from Disney’s The Mandalorian.

Mithra-ndir

Mithra-ndir

Gandalf and the Roman cult of Mithras

J.R.R. Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as a fundamentally Catholic work. But a close reading of the epic novel reveals many more influences, including a connection between Mithras and the wizard Gandalf, whose Elvish name is Mithrandir.

Written by Alicia Matz