Christopher A. Faraone

Christopher A. Faraone

Areas of Study and Research

History of Religions

Faculty Associated Faculty; The Edward Olson Professor of Classics in the Department of Classics

Ph.D., 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 of Talismans 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 AmuletsBulletin 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 Transformation of Greek Amulets in Roman Imperial Times recently appeared in April 2018 with the University of Pennsylvania Press and 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. With Sofia Torallas-Tovar he is also co-editing a new Greek text and translation of the Greek magical handbooks that is forthcoming in two volumes in the “Writings of the Greco-Roman World” as the The Greco-Egyptian Magical Formularies, and with Richard Gordon, a special issue of Religions of the Roman Empire entitled “Curse-Tablets in Italy and the Western Roman Provinces."