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Smart Talk: Ancient Greek and Roman ghost stories sound familiar; science of fear; why we like to be scared

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 30, 2013 4:50 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, October 31, 2013:

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A man spends the night at a deserted house and a ghost appears before him.  The man believes the phantom wants to communicate with him.  He follows the ghost to a spot where it disappears.  The man digs up the spot, finds bones, buries them with the proper rituals, and the ghost never appears again.

Sound like a familiar Halloween story?

It may be but this one was written by Roman author Pliny the Younger almost two thousand years ago.

University of Massachusetts Classics professor Dr. Debbie Felton appears on Thursday's Smart Talk to discuss ghost stories from ancient Greece and Rome. 

Dr. Felton is glad to answer any follow-up questions about ancient ghost stories via email: felton@classics.umass.edu

Also as part of the Smart Talk Halloween theme, Dr. Abigail Marsh, a psychology professor at Georgetown University, explains the science of fear -- what happens to your body when you become afraid and what triggers fear?

Is a horror movie part of your Halloween celebration?  Dr. Mary Beth Oliver of Penn State's Media Effects Research Laboratory explains why some of us like to be scared and others don't.

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  • Scott LaMar img 2013-10-31 09:10

    Psycho Movie @ Bosler Library in Carlisle @ 6:30pm tonight with free popcorn

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