Anthony Austin-Walker is a history & humanities major with minors in Africana studies, German and French, who thoroughly enjoys the study of ancient history as well as African American history. His research includes a cross comparative study of slavery in ancient Greece and ancient Rome and rites and rituals in Christian antiquity. With a passion for the ancient world, Anthony intends to pursue his Ph.D. in New Testament/Christian Origins. His goal after obtaining his Ph.D. is to teach at a university.
Anthony was born in Bellevue, Washington and has lived in the Seattle area for most of his life. After graduating from high school in 2005, he entered the labor force as a construction worker and maintenance technician, but in the summer of 2006 he went to ministry school in Alexandria, Louisiana. At the beginning of winter quarter 2010, Anthony started college at Eastern Washington University. He immediately recognized his passion for ancient history. Since starting his studies at Eastern, he has also maintained Dean's List status quarterly and has received various academic awards. He will be attending Yale University in fall 2013 to earn a Master of Arts in Religion. Abstract: Slave Life Cycles: Comparing Slavery in Ancient Greece and Rome
Austin-Walker, Anthony, (Georgia Bazemore), Department of History, Eastern Washington University, Washington
This study examines the institution of slavery in the ancient world with a particular focus on both ancient Greek and Roman societies. My work follows the current academic interest in comparative slavery, and incorporates the leading voices in this field as well as making use of other highly esteemed sources regarding ancient slavery. The comparative scholarly approach for the study of slavery is currently very much in fashion, and supported in universities in several continents including Europe, America, and Australia.
This paper necessarily consists of two parts. The first part concentrates on slavery in ancient Greece while the second area of focus is on ancient Roman slavery. Ancient slavery was largely the result of conquest in war. Slavery then was an accident of war or strife. Specific areas of emphasis regarding slavery in both societies include slave markets, ways of acquisition, the life and tasks of slaves, treatment and punishment and lastly, the processes and aftermath of manumission. Furthermore, this paper seeks to show specific differences and similarities that were prevalent within the different areas and time periods as well as identify what reasons might have caused these differences, or else, similarities that were present.
Summer 2012 McNair Internship Faculty Research Mentor: Dr. Garrett Kenney, EWU English/Religious Studies, Abstract: Baptism, Divine Healing, and Demonic Expulsion in Pre-Nicene Christianity
Austin-Walker, Anthony (Garrett Kenney), English/Religious Studies, Eastern Washington University, Washington
Christian teaching on baptism, from its early days until the present, has forced baptism into the seat of controversy. Within the school of theological thought and biblical criticism, scholars have taken various approaches and stances regarding the original baptismal praxis of early Christians while arguing a variety of points. Much of early Christian literature and biblical works contain references to use of the name 'Jesus' in some manner or as an invocation during the baptismal ceremony. Not only was the name 'Jesus' used in relation to baptism, but also in the rites of healing and demonic expulsion (i.e., exorcism). This research furthers the discussion by examining the early evidence from biblical, apocryphal, pseudepigraphical and other historical sources regarding these topics. This specified research focuses on several distinct components: 1) the records of baptism, exorcism and miraculous healing claims in ancient sources and the various creedal 'formulas' mentioned, 2) a discussion of the exalted status that the name of Jesus was elevated to in early Christianity, 3) How this exaltation applied and led to the use of the name 'Jesus' in these rites.
20th Annual National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair, Lake Geneva, WI: November 11-13, 2011
Presented by the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP)
and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee