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. Her interests range broadly across aspects of Graeco-Roman Egypt and the Ancient Mediterranean, with a special focus on languages and religions in contact. One of her current projects is the re-edition of the Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri. This large-scale exploration of book production and circulation in Antiquity is funded by the Neubauer Collegium (Transmission of Magical Knowledge: the magical handbooks on papyrus). Since 2002, she has been the curator of the papyrological collections at the Abadia de Montserrat. Another interest of hers is the edition of Coptic texts. She is currently editing a previously unknown translation into Coptic of the Epistle of Athanasius to Dracontius, as well as collaborating with Anne Boud'hors (IRHT Paris) on the critical edition of the Gospel of Mark in Coptic.  She is also the Editor in Chief of the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists.

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.