Sofía Torallas Tovar

Professor of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Wieboldt 119
Ph.D., Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1995
Research Interests: Papyrology, Graeco-Roman Egypt, sociolinguistics

Sofía Torallas Tovar specializes in Greek and Coptic papyrology and more widely in aspects of Graeco-Roman Egypt. Since 2002, she has been the curator of the Papyrological collections at the Abadia de Montserrat ( She is also collaborating with Anne Boud'hors (IRHT Paris) in the critical edition of the Gospel of Mark in Coptic. Since 2009 she has participated in archaeological missions, like the Qubbet el Hawa (Aswan) Project of the University of Jaén and the Swiss Institute in editing the Syene ostraca. She currently runs two projects at the UoC in collaboration with Professor Christopher Faraone: Transmission of Magical Knowledge: the magical handbooks on papyrus (Neubauer Collegium), and Curses in Context (Neubauer Collegium).

Recent Publications

  • with Christopher Faraone, eds. Greek and Egyptian Magical Formularies: edition, translation and commentary, California Classical Studies (vol. 1) Berkeley 2022.
  • “Latin in the Egyptian monasteries: a context for linguistic interference”, M. C. Scappaticcio and A. Pezzella (eds.), Latin and Coptic. Languages, Literatures, Cultures in Contact, Naples, 2022, 107-135.
  • «Greek and Egyptian: Did Linguistic Policies exist in Graeco-Roman Egypt», Elisabeth R. O’Connell (ed.), Egypt and Empire. The Formation of Religious Identity after Rome. British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 11. Leuven: Peeters, 2022, 279-292.
  • with Anastasia Maravela, “Impossible Anatomies: the curse and death of Gessios” Anne Boud’hors, David Brakke, Andrew Crislip & Samuel Moawad (eds), The Rediscovery of Shenute. Studies in Honor of Stephen Emmel. Leuven: Peeters, 2022, 367-391.
  • with Mariola Hepa, «On the Southern Frontier: Latin ostraca from Aswan», in Rodney Ast (ed.),Uniformity and Regionalism in Latin Writing Culture in the First Millennium of the Common Era, Harrasowitz Verlag, 2022, 61-78.
  • with Anne Boud’hors, “Towards a textual history of the Gospel of Mark in Sahidic Coptic. Prolegomena to a new critical edition”, Novum Testamentum Graecum: Editio Critica Maior, ed. the Institute for New Testament Textual Research. Volume I: The Synoptic Gospels, book 2: The Gospel of Mark, part 3: Studies, ed. Holger Strutwolf, Georg Gäbel, Annette Hüffmeier, Marie-Luise Lakmann, Gregory S. Paulson, and Klaus Wachtel. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2021, 203-220.