Christopher Faraone

Associate Faculty; Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities, and Professor in the Department of Classics and the College

 

 

 

PhD (Stanford University)

Professor Faraone’s research interests focus on Ancient Greek poetry, religion and magic. He coedited (with D. Obbink) Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion (1991); (with T. Carpenter) Masks of Dionysus (1993); (with
D. Dodd) Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives: New Critical Perspectives (2003); and (with Laura McClure), Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World (2006). He is also the author ofTalismans and Trojan Horses: Guardian Statues in Ancient Greek Myth and Ritual (1992); Ancient Greek Love Magic (1999); and The Stanzaic Structure of Early Greek Elegy (2008). His most recent works are Vanishing Acts: Deletio Morbi as Speech Act and Visual Design on Ancient Greek Amulets, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement 115 (London 2013) and (with Dirk Obbink), The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic and Mystery in Ancient Greek Selinous (2013).  His The Transformation of Greek Amulets in Roman Imperial Times will appear in November 2017 with the University of Pennsylvania Press.  He is actively working on two book projects: The Play of Ritual Genres in Homeric Epic and The Transformation of Divine Images in the Greek Magical Recipes of Later Antiquity: From Intaglios to Drawings on Foil, Cloth and Skin.

 

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Current and Upcoming Courses

History of Religions

HREL 45716 Seminar: Ghosts, Demons, and Supernatural Danger in the Ancient World

HREL 47416 Curses and Cursing in the Ancient Mediterranean World