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GENERAL EDITORS

Christopher Athanasius Faraone is the Springer Professor of the College and the Humanities at the University of Chicago.  His work is primarily concerned with ancient Greek religion and poetry.  He is co-editor with Dirk Obbink of Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion (1991), with D. Dodd of Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives: New Critical Perspectives (2003), with F. Naiden of Ancient Victims, Modern Observers: Reflections on Greek and Roman Sacrifice (2011) and with D. Obbink of The Getty Hexameters: Magic, Poetry and Mystery in Ancient Selinous (2013).  He is the sole author of Talismans and Trojan Horses: Guardian Statues in Ancient Greek Myth and Ritual  (1992), Ancient Greek Love Magic (1999), Vanishing Acts: Deletio Morbi as Speech Act and Visual Design on Ancient Greek Amulets, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement 115 (2013) and The Transformation of Ancient Greek Amulets in Roman Times (forthcoming) and numerous articles on Ancient Greek magic, poetry and religion.

Sofía Torallas Tovar is Associate Professor in the Depts. of Classics and NELC at the University of Chicago. She obtained her Ph.D. in Classics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in 1995. She trained as a papyrologist and a Coptologist at University College London (UCL). Since 2002 she has been the curator of the Roca-Puig collection at the Abadia de Montserrat and has directed the research conducted at the Abbey. She is author and co-author of the four volumes of papyrus editions published since 2006. She participates in international projects concerned with the edition of Coptic texts, such as those on the Gospel of Marc and Shenoute of Atripe. She has participated since 2009 in the Qubbet el Hawa (Assuan) Project of the University of Jaén, and since 2010 in the Swiss Institute’s edition of the Greek and Coptic ostraka excavated in Aswan, Egypt.

USA

Jacco Dieleman is Associate Professor of Egyptology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his training in Egyptology and Comparative Literature at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and the University of Würzburg in Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Leiden in 2003 on a dissertation on the nature and function of bilingualism and translation in two related magic handbooks from Roman Egypt. He has been teaching Egyptology at UCLA since 2003. He was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World of New York University during the academic year 2010-11 and a fellow at the Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of the University of Cologne during the academic year 2014-15. His current research focuses on the transformation of Egyptian scribal culture and ritual in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Janet H. Johnson is the Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago.  She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago in 1972 and became a member of the faculty of the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Studies that same year.  She is a specialist in Egyptian language and scripts and is editor of the Chicago Demotic Dictionary.  She wrote her dissertation on the grammar of the Demotic Magical Papyri.  Her current research focuses on the legal and social status of women in ancient Egypt.

EUROPE

Miriam Blanco Cesteros is a PhD student at the University of Valladolid (Spain), where she received a degree in Classical Philology while working in the Department of Greek and Latin Studies of this University thanks to different research programs she enrolled in. After having finished her degree, she obtained a PhD scholarship, thanks to which she transferred in 2013 to the Pompeu Fabra University, in Barcelona, where she is currently working as an assistant lecturer. Her papyrology training started with Dr. Alberto Nodar. Besides, she has taken specialized courses in Pisa, with Dr. M.S. Funghi (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) and G. Calvanni (Università di Pisa), in the Papyrology Institute G. Vitelli of Florence and in the Papyrology School of Lecce, Italy. Her lines of research are the Greek magical papyri and the literary and religious instruction of their authors. 

Eleni Chronopoulou holds a BA in Greek Philology, with focus on Classics, from the University of Patras, a BA in History and Theory of Art from the Athens School of Fine Arts, and a MA in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought from the Pompeu Fabra University. She also attended courses of history and archaeology at the University of Ioannina for a year and papyrology courses at the Leiden Papyrological Institute and the Summer Institute in Papyrology at Princeton University. She is a final year PhD candidate in the Department of Humanities in Pompeu Fabra University under the supervision of Emilio Suárez de la Torre, Professor of Classics. Her thesis is expected to contain an edition of the PGM I and II.

Alejandro García Molinos has recently received his PhD in Classics from the University of Valladolid, with a thesis on the divination in the Greek Magical Papyri. He has been a member of research projects on Greek religion, magic and divination at the University of Valladolid. Currently he collaborates with the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). He has been visiting scholar at the Oxford University and the Ohio State University. His research is focused on the ancient Greek magic, especially on the different kinds of divination in the Graeco-Egyptian magic and the relation of the Greek Magical Papyri and the Roman Law.

Franco Maltomini is Professor for Papyrology at the University of Pisa and Udine (Italy).  His philological work is mainly concerned with ancient Greek tragedy (Aeschylus) and lyric poetry (Stesichorus, Bacchylides). As a papyrologist, he is co-editor (with R. W. Daniel) of Supplementum Magicum I-II (1990, 1992) and editor princeps of many papyrological texts, primarily of a magical nature. He collaborates with several papyrological collections: The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Kölner Papyri, Papiri della Società Italiana.

Anastasia Maravela is Professor of Ancient Greek at the Dept of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, and co-editor of the journal Symbolae Osloenses (Taylor & Francis). The interpretation of Greek poetry, the history of the Greek language and Greek papyri form the core of her research interests. Current research projects include editions of Greek and Coptic papyri in the University of Oslo library and other collections, the Greek medical vocabulary in a historical perspective, and translations of ancient texts through times, languages, and cultures.

Raquel Martín-Hernández is lecturer at the Department of Greek and Indo-European Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She obtained her PhD in 2006 with a doctoral dissertation about Orphism and magic. Most of her research has been related to the study of Greek Magical Papyri and mystery religions. She has trained as a papyrologist through work carried out at the Abadia de Montserrat under the direction of Dr. Sofía Torallas Tovar and has followed papyrology courses at the Leiden Papyrological Institute and the Papyrological Summer School in Lecce.

Ágnes T. Mihálykó obtained an MA in Medieval History (2013) from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest with a thesis on Christian elements in Greek and Coptic magical texts. In 2014 she finished an MA in Ancient Greek from the same university, with a thesis on PGM P13. She started her PhD at the University of Oslo in October 2013. Besides writing her thesis about Christian liturgical papyri in Greek and Coptic, she has contributed to the edition of Oslo papyri. For list of publications, see here.

Alberto Nodar Domínguez is lecturer in Classics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where he manages the DVCTVS papyrus portal (www.upf.edu), directing the research on the Palau Ribes papyrus collection, of which he is curator since 2005, and on the digitisation of texts and images of ancient documents. He obtained is DPhil in Greek Papyrology from the University of Oxford, where he subsequently worked on the project The Oxyrhynchus Papyri. He conducted research at the Institut für Papyrologie in the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg as an Alexander von Humboldt scholar, and at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, within the Catalogue of Paraliterary Papyri project. He has edited numerous literary papyri, researching on several aspects of the transmission of ancient literature in Antiquity, such as the use of lectional signs and the quality standards in ancient book production.

Emilio Suárez de la Torre is Professor of Greek Philology and Chair of the Department of Humanities at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). His main research interests focus on Greek Lyric Poetry and Greek Religion, and he is currently leading a Research Project entitled “The Greek Magical Papyri in Context”.

AUSTRALIA

Korshi Dosoo recently completed his PhD in Ancient History at Macquarie University, with a thesis entitled “Rituals of Apparition in the Theban Magical Library”. He is currently employed as researcher on the Labex RESMED project “Les mots de la paix”, and had previously worked as a research assistant for the Australian Research Council projects: ‘Knowledge Transfer and Administrative Professionalism in a Pre-Typographic Society: Observing the Scribe at Work in Roman and Early Islamic Egypt’ (Macquarie University) and ‘The function of images in magical papyri and artefacts of ritual power from Late Antiquity’ (University of Sydney). The focus of his recent research has been on Graeco-Egyptian and Coptic magic, in particular on magical archives, including the Theban Magical Library, and the practices they describe, in particular divination rituals. More broadly he is interested in the evolution of Egyptian religious practices and cosmologies from the Hellenistic through to the Islamic periods, as well as the broader social, linguistic, and intellectual history issues that inform and are informed by the study of religion.

Malcolm Choat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney, and Director of the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre. His current research includes projects on scribal practice in documentary papyri, the rise and development of monasticism in Egypt, and questions of authenticity and forgery in the papyri.

Dr. Rachel Yuen-Collingridge is a postdoctoral researcher on two projects (Papyri from the Rise of Christianity in Egypt and Scribal Practice in Duplicate Documents) at Macquarie University. In addition, she is working on projects on the Renaissance reception of Herodotus, scribal practice in the Greek magical papyri, and, more recently, the role of subjectivity and memory in historical practice. She has taught at the University of New South Wales, the University of New England, and Macquarie University.

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