Marguerite Rigoglioso is a scholar/practitioner of ancient mystery wisdom. She is the author of The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece and Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity (Palgrave Macmillan 2009, 2010), pioneering volumes that provide evidence for the existence of a network of priestesses dedicated to attempting miraculous conception in the ancient Mediterranean world.
A member of the faculties of Dominican University of California, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in the San Francisco Bay area, she teaches leading-edge courses on female deities and women’s religious roles.
Dr. Rigoglioso delivered a James C. Loeb Classical Lecture at Harvard University on her unique research in October 2009, and a keynote address at the May 2011 “Daimonic Imagination” conference at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
She holds a doctorate in humanities and a master’s degree in philosophy and religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College, with high honors.
The title of her talk at the Goddess Fest is “Persephone and Hades: Reconciling the Masculine and Feminine in the Ancient Mystery Rites”
More information about her work is available on her website.