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

Faraone’s research interests focus on Ancient Greek poetry, religion and magic. His recent works include Vanishing Acts: Deletio Morbi as Speech Act and Visual Design on Ancient Greek AmuletsBulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement 115 (London 2013) and The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic and Mystery in Ancient Greek Selinous (2013), as well as his Transformation of Greek Amulets in Roman Imperial Times (2018), a project that he began as an IAS Fellow in 2008.  His Hexametrical Genres from Homer to Theocritus will be published this fall with Oxford University Press.  With Sofia Torallas-Tovar he is co-directing two international projects with the generous support of the Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago.  The first aims at editing and translating the magical handbooks from Roman Egypt, which will appear in 2022-23 as two volumes entitled The Greco-Egyptian Magical Formularies, with a supplementary collection of essays entitled, The Greco-Egyptian Magical Formularies: Libraries, Books and Individual Recipes (forthcoming 2022 Ann Arbor).  The second “Curses in Context” project organized four international conferences on the social and religious contexts of inscribed lead curses tablets in different regions and time periods of the Greco-Roman world; the proceedings have recently been published as two special issues (co-edited with R. Gordon) of Religions of the Roman Empire 5.3 (2019) and 6.2 (2021) and the soon-to-appear Curses in Contexts 3: The Greek Curse Tablets of the Classical and Hellenistic Periods, Papers of the Norwegian Institute of Archaeology (Autumn 2021).  For the academic year 2021-22 he is on research leave at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton and elsewhere working on a preliminary draft of his book project: Magical Recipes beyond Egypt: Scribes, Artisans and Sorcerers in the Wider Roman World


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)