Christopher A. Faraone

Biography and Interests: 

Christopher Athanasious Faraone

Title: Frank and Gertrude Springer Professor in the Humanities and the College department,
Education: Ph.D. Stanford University (1988)
Office: Classics 25C
Areas of Specialization: Ancient Greek poetry, religion and magic

I am finishing a book on ancient Greek amulets and beginning two others: one entitled The Play of Ritual Genres in Homeric Epic and another on the catalogues in the Hesiodic Theogony.


Recent Books:

  • The Transformation of Greek Amulets in Roman Imperial Times (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming September 2017)
  • Vanishing Acts: Deletio Morbi as Speech Act and Visual Design on Ancient Greek Amulets, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement 115 (London, 2013).
  • (with Dirk Obbink), The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic and Mystery in Ancient Greek Selinous (Oxford 2013).
  • The Stanzaic Architecture of Archaic Greek Elegy (Oxford University Press 2008).

Recent Articles:

  • “Some Magical Gems in London” GRBS 57 (2017) 403-30.
  • “Inscribed Greek Thunderstones as House- and Body-Amulets in Roman Imperial Times,” Kernos (forthcoming 2014).
  •  “The Poetics of Catalogues in the Hesiodic Theogony,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 143 (2013) 293-323.
  • “The Amuletic Design of the Mithraic Bull-Wounding Scene,” Journal of Roman Studies (2013) 1-21.
  •  “Muses and Titans: How the Hesiodic Poets Individuate Deities and Divine Agency in the Theogony,” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 10 (2012) 37-49.
  • “The Stanzaic Architecture of Isidorus, Hymns 2 and 4 (SEG 8.549 and 51),” Classical Quarterly 62 (2012) 618-32.
  • “Curses, Crime Detection and Conflict Resolution at the Festival of Demeter Thesmophoros,” Journal of Hellenic Studies 131 (2011) 25-44.
  • “Magical and Medical Approaches to the Wandering Womb in the Ancient Greek World,” Classical Antiquity 30 (2011) 1-32.
  • “An Athenian Tradition of Dactylic Paeans to Apollo and Asclepius: Choral Degeneration or a Flexible System of Non-Strophic Dactyls?” Mnemosyne 64 (2011) 206-31.


Graduate Seminars

  • “Health and Healing in Ancient Greek Rituals and Thought” (with James Redfield)
  • “Eros in Archaic and Classical Greece” (with James Redfield)
  • “Ancient Greek Hymns” (3x)
  • “Greek and North Semitic Religious Inscriptions” (with D. Pardee, Oriental Institute)
  • “Text, Image and the Representation of Ritual” (with Gloria Pinney and Laura Slatkin)
  • “Ancient Hebrew and Greek Wisdom Literature” (with John Collins and Laura Slatkin)
  • “Ancient Greek Magic”
  • “The Homeric Hymns” (with James Redfield and Bruce Lincoln)
  • “Hesiod Theogony” (with Bruce Lincoln)
  • “The Greek Magical Papyri” (with Hans Dieter Betz)
  • “Oracles and Divination in the Ancient World” (with Bruce Lincoln)
  • “Greek Religion in its Historical Context” (with Jonathan M. Hall)
  • “Orphism” (with David Martinez)
  • Study Abroad Program in Rome
  • Intermediate Greek
  • Health and Healing in the Ancient World
  • Greek Thought and Literature
  • The Religions of Greco-Roman Egypt
  • Greek Poetry Survey
  • Study Abroad Program in Barcelona
  • Greek Elegy