Prerequisite: one CLAS or RELG course at the 200-level or above. We will examine religious and cultural forms from Greece, Rome, and Egypt and how they are envisioned and enacted in American history. The transmission of such phenomena as oracles, divination, religious initiations, and uses of secrecy will be studied. Historical pairings will include the Pythia and Spiritualism, Egyptian religion and the Mormons, and ancient mystery cults and their American imitators. May be counted toward the majors in classics and religion.