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 (http://dvctvs.upf.edu). 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 Anne Boud’hors), “Philological work on the Sahidic Gospel of Mark in the 9th century: the case of sa123” Journal of Coptic Studies 22 (2020) 29-44.
  • (with Tea Ghigo), «The Montserrat codex miscellaneus (Inv. nos. 126‐178, 292, 338) and the composition of its inks», in P. Buzi (ed.), Coptic Literature in Context (4th-14th cent.): Cultural Landscape, Literary Production and Manuscript Archaeology. Proceedings of the third conference of the ERC project “Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths: An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature. Literary Texts in their Geographical Context (‘PAThs’)”, Roma, 2020, 101-114.
  • (with Vicente Barba), «Archaeological and epigraphical survey of the Coptic Monastery at Qubbet el-Hawa (Aswan)», in P. Buzi (ed.), Coptic Literature in Context (4th-14th cent.): Cultural Landscape, Literary Production and Manuscript Archaeology. Proceedings of the third conference of the ERC project “Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths: An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature. Literary Texts in their Geographical Context, Roma 2020, 149-160.
  • (with Marja Vierros), «Languages, scripts, literature and bridges between cultures», in Katelijn Vandorpe (ed.), Companion to Greco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt, Wiley & Sons, 2019, 485-500.
  • «Athanasius’ letter to Dracontius: a 4th century Coptic translation in a papyrus roll (P.Monts.Roca inv. 14)», Adamantius. Annuario di Letteratura Cristiana Antica e di Studi Giudeoellenistici 24 (2018) 43-59.