ACADEMIC RESEARCH

Safari is a Doctoral Researcher in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Birmingham, author of books and articles concerning astrotheology and cosmology in the ancient world, and has presented over a dozen papers on astronomy
and astrology in antiquity.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Doctoral thesis project (on-going): ‘Significant names and epithets in Homer’s Odyssey’

Other research interests:
Cosmological knowledge and symbolism in ancient art, literature, and religion
Near Eastern influences on Archaic Greek mythology
Mithraic Mysteries

EDUCATION:

2015 – Present: PhD in Classics, University of Birmingham
2013 – 2015: Masters in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (MA CAA), University of Wales
2013: Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmology and Culture, University of Wales
2009 – 2012: BA (Hons) in Classical Civilisation, Warwick University
2008 – 2012: BA (Hons) in Humanities with Classics, Open University
2008: Diploma in Classical Studies, Open University

CONFERENCE PAPERS:

2016:  Imagining the Afterlife, Newman University
–       European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC), Bath Royal Institution
–       Paths of Knowledge in Antiquity, Humbolt University [Berlin]
2015:  Birmingham-Frankfurt Classics Symposium, University of Birmingham
–        Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (AMPAL), University of Edinburgh
–        Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena (INSAP) 9th, Gresham College
2014:  Ancient Science, University College London
2013:  Antiquity Matters!, Warwick University
–       Myth Making, Warwick University
–       Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (AMPAL), University of St. Andrews
2012:  Open University Student Association (OUSA), Milton Keynes
–       British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), Warwick University

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PUBLICATIONS:

Upcoming:
‘Cosmology, Psychopomps, and Afterlife in Homer’s Odyssey.’
‘Homer’s Odyssey: cosmic journeys and spiritual awakenings’

2012:
The Astrotheological Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries, Judaism, and Christianity

 See also papers uploaded to academia.edu