Christopher Faraone

Edward Olson Professor of Classics in the Department of Classics and the College
Classics 25C
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1988
Research Interests: Ancient Greek poetry, religion and magic

Professor Faraone’s most recent book project, Hexametrical Genres from Homer to Theocritus, has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press and now his time is being taken up co-editing various publications stemming from two research projects that he have co-organized with Sofia Torallas Tovar. From the first project, Transmission of Magical Knowledge: The Magical Handbooks on Papyrus (Neubauer Collegium), a two-volume edition (with translation), The Greco-Egyptian Magical Formularies, will appear in the SBL series Writings of the Greco-Roman World, as will a companion volume of essays, The Greco-Egyptian Magical Formularies: Libraries, Books and Individual Recipes (Michigan University Press). As part of the second Project, Curses in Context (Neubauer Collegium), they organized four international conferences that focused on the regional use of curse tablets in different time periods. He has already co-edited with Richard Gordon the two conference volumes dealing with curses in the Roman world as special issues of the journal Religions of the Roman Empire, the first of which just appeared and the second is due to appear in December 2020. and he just finished co-editing with Irene Polinskaya the third volume on Classical Greek curses, which will appear next year in the series Papers of the Norwegian Institute of Archaeology. The fourth volume will appear as a special issue of Greece & Rome.

Recent Publications

  • “Stationary Epithalamia in Hexameters? The Evidence from Sappho, Theocritus and Catullus.” American Journal of Philology (forthcoming 2022). 
  • Hexametrical Genres from the Homer to Theocritus (Oxford 2021). 
  • “Simaetha got it right, after all: Theocritus’ Idyll 2, a Courtesan’s Pantry and the Greek Tradition of Hexametrical Curses.” Classical Quarterly (forthcoming 2020).
  • “Circe’s Instructions to Odysseus (Od. 10.507-40) as an Early Sibylline Oracle” Journal of Hellenic Studies (2019) 49-66. 
  • The Transformation of Greek Amulets in Roman Imperial Times (Philadelphia, 2019)