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(p. xv) Notes on Contributors

(p. xv) Notes on Contributors

Ralph Anderson is Senior Teaching Fellow in Ancient History at the University of St Andrews, where he teaches courses on Greek religion, magic, and Classical reception. He is interested in divination, magic, and approaches to lived experience in Greek religion.

Caitlín E. Barrett is Assistant Professor of Classics at Cornell University. Her research focuses on the archaeology of religion; cult and society in Greco-Roman Egypt; and interactions between Egypt and the Classical world. Following the publication of her recent book, Egyptianizing Figurines from Delos: A Study in Hellenistic Religion (Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition 36, 2011), she is working on a second monograph on representations of Egyptian landscapes in Roman domestic contexts. Other publications on Classical and Egyptian archaeology have appeared or are forthcoming in a range of academic journals and edited volumes. She has excavated and surveyed at Bronze Age through early modern sites in Egypt, Greece, and the United States.

Rick Benitez is Professor in Philosophy and Classics at the University of Sydney, where he has worked since 1992. He is the author of Forms in Plato’s Philebus (1989) and many articles on Plato. His research and teaching interests include ancient Greek philosophy and literature, aesthetics, and the philosophy of law. He is currently the lead investigator for the Australia Research Council Project, ‘Plato’s myth voice: the identification and interpretation of inspired speech in Plato’.

Hugh Bowden is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at King’s College London. He is the author of Classical Athens and the Delphic Oracle (2005), Mystery Cults in the Ancient World (2010), Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (2014), and of numerous articles on Greek religion and Alexander the Great.

Jan N. Bremmer is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). He specializes in Greek, Roman, Early Christian, and Contemporary Religion as well as the History of Scholarship. He has edited many books on Apocryphal Christian literature and cultural history, and published most recently Greek Religion and Culture, the Bible and the Ancient Near East (2008), The Rise of Christianity through the Eyes of Gibbon, Harnack and Rodney Stark (2010), Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World (2014), and, as co-editor with Marco Formisano, Perpetua’s Passions (2012).

(p. xvi) Claude Calame is Director of Studies Emeritus at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (Centre AnHiMA: Anthropologie et Histoire des Mondes Antiques). He was Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Lausanne. In English he published The Craft of Poetic Speech in Ancient Greece (1995), The Poetics of Eros in Ancient Greece (1999), Choruses of Young Women in Ancient Greece (2001, 2nd edn), Masks of Authority: Fiction and Pragmatics in Ancient Greek Poetics (2005), Poetic and Performative Memory in Ancient Greece (2009), Greek Mythology: Poetics, Pragmatics and Fiction (2009).

Jan-Mathieu Carbon is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, and a member of the Copenhagen Associations Project. He is also a Collaborateur Scientifique of the Départment des Sciences de l’Antiquité, where a new collection of inscribed ‘sacred laws’ is being developed. This will be published as a website, the Collection of Greek Ritual Norms (CGRN, winter 2015). He works on Greek epigraphy, rituals, and especially inscribed calendars.

Christy Constantakopoulou is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History in the department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College. She has published a monograph in 2007, entitled The Dance of the Islands: Insularity, Networks, the Athenian Empire and the Aegean World, and has co-edited, with Irad Malkin and Katerina Panagopoulou, a volume entitled Greek and Roman Networks in the Mediterranean (2009). She is currently working on a project focusing on interaction in the southern Aegean islands during the third century.

Susan Deacy is Principal Lecturer in Classical Civilization at the University of Roehampton, London. Her research focuses on ancient Greek religion, mythology, gender, and sexuality, and she is especially interested in deities as religious, mythological, and gendered constructs. Her publications include the co-edited volumes Rape in Antiquity (1997) and Athena in the Classical World (2001), and the monograph Athena (2008). She is the series editor of Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World (2006–). She is currently working on a monograph entitled A Traitor to Her Sex: Athena the Trickster for Oxford University Press.

Matthew Dillon is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History in the School of Humanities, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He has written several articles and a book on women’s religion in ancient Greece, Girls and Women in Classical Greek Religion (2002). He is interested in all ancient religions and in Greek society.

Radcliffe G. Edmonds III is the Paul Shorey Professor of Greek and Chair of the Department of Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College. He has written on eros, midwifery, myth, and elenchos in Plato, on magic and cosmology in the ‘Mithras Liturgy’, and on various topics relating to Orphica, including the Derveni Papyrus and the gold tablets. He has published Myths of the Underworld Journey: Plato, (p. xvii) Aristophanes, and the ‘Orphic’ Gold Tablets (2004), an edited volume of essays entitled The ‘Orphic’ Gold Tablets and Greek Religion: Further Along the Path (2011), and Redefining Ancient Orphism: A Study in Greek Religion (2013). His current project is a study of the category of magic, entitled Drawing Down the Moon: Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World.

Esther Eidinow is Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek History at the University of Nottingham. She has particular interest in ancient Greek religion and magic, and her publications include Oracles, Curses, and Risk among the Ancient Greeks (2007, rev. edn 2013) and Luck, Fate and Fortune: Antiquity and its Legacy (2011). She is currently working on a monograph entitled Envy, Poison and Death: Women on Trial in Fourth-Century Athens BC.

Gunnel Ekroth is Professor of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University. Her work is mainly focused on Greek religion, especially different aspects of sacrificial rituals, combining texts, inscriptions, iconography, and archaeological remains including animal bones. Among her publications are The Sacrificial Rituals of Greek Hero-Cults (2002), and Bones, Behaviour and Belief: The Zooarchaeological Evidence as a Source for Ritual Practice in Ancient Greece and Beyond (2013), edited with J. Wallensten.

Michael A. Flower is Professor of Classics at Princeton University. He is the author of Theopompus of Chios: History and Rhetoric in the Fourth Century b.c. (1994), Herodotus, Histories, Book IX (with John Marincola, 2002), The Seer in Ancient Greece (2008), Xenophon’s Anabasis, or the Expedition of Cyrus (2012), and co-editor, with Mark Toher, of Georgica: Greek Studies in Honour of George Cawkwell (1991). He is currently editing The Cambridge Companion to Xenophon and writing a book on fictionality in the Greek historians.

Robert Fowler has been Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek at the University of Bristol since 1996. His research interests are in early Greek literature, myth, and religion. He is editor of the Cambridge Companion to Homer (2004) and author of Early Greek Mythography (2 vols, 2000–13).

Renaud Gagné is University Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. His main research interests are early Greek poetry and Greek religion. He is the author of Ancestral Fault in Ancient Greece (2013), as well as co-editor of Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy (2013) and Sacrifices humains. Perspectives croisées et représentations (2013).

Milette Gaifman is Associate Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology in the Departments of Classics and History of Art at Yale University. She received her BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She is the author of Aniconism in Greek Antiquity (2012) and of The Art of Libation in Classical Athens (forthcoming).

(p. xviii) Fritz Graf is Distinguished University Professor in Classics at the Ohio State University and Director of the Center for Epigraphical Studies. He works mainly on Greek religion. Among his books are Magic in the Ancient World (1997; originally in French, 1994), Apollo (2009), and, with Sarah Iles Johnston, Ritual Texts for the Afterlife (2007, 2nd edn. 2012). He recently finished a book on Roman festivals in the Greek East between Augustus and Justinian.

Thomas Harrison is Rathbone Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. His publications include Divinity and History: The Religion of Herodotus (2000), The Emptiness of Asia (2000), and Writing Ancient Persia (2011). His main current project is a monograph on the role of belief within Greek religion.

Sarah Hitch held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where she is now the Associate Director of the Corpus Christi College Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity. She has published widely on aspects of Greek religion, including a monograph, King of Sacrifice: Ritual and Royal Authority in the Iliad (2009).

Sarah Iles Johnston is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of Classics at the Ohio State University. She is the author of Ancient Greek Divination (2008) and Restless Dead (1999), the co-editor, with Peter T. Struck, of Mantikê: Studies in Ancient Divination (2005), and the author or editor of several other books and many articles and essays. She is now completing a book on Greek myths.

Emily Kearns is Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Classics at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She has written on a wide range of subjects in Greek religion and Classical literature. Her most recent book is Ancient Greek Religion: A Sourcebook (2010).

Julia Kindt is Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. She has a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Ancient History from the University of Munich. Her publications include Rethinking Greek Religion (2012) and Revisiting Delphi: Religion and Storytelling in Ancient Greece (forthcoming 2016). She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Ancient History and a senior editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Religion.

Kathrin Kleibl studied Classical Archaeology, Art History, and History of Natural Science. She received her MA in 2003 and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Hamburg in Germany in 2007. Since 2000 she has been involved in several projects, including excavations in Tunisia and Turkey, and interdisciplinary research on cultural contacts and personal piety. Her research specializes primarily in Greco-Egyptian religion, pre-Roman concepts of power and religion on Cyprus, and cultural contacts between the Greek world and the Near East/Egypt. Kleibl is an independent researcher and teaches at universities in Germany and Austria.

(p. xix) Carolina López-Ruiz is Associate Professor of Classics at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She studied Classics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (BA, MA), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 2005, Ancient Mediterranean World). She has published articles on Greek and Near Eastern literatures and mythology and on Phoenicians in the Iberian Peninsula. She is the co-editor, with M. Dietler, of Colonial Encounters in Ancient Iberia: Phoenician, Greek, and Indigenous Relations (2009), the author of When the Gods Were Born: Greek Cosmogonies and the Near East (2010), and the editor of Gods, Heroes, and Monsters: A Sourcebook of Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern Myths in Translation (2014).

Rachel Mairs is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading. She has previously held positions at New York University, the University of Oxford, and Brown University. She has published extensively on ethnic identity and multilingualism in the Hellenistic world, with a particular focus on Central Asia and on Egypt. Her book The Hellenistic Far East: Archaeology, Language and Identity in Greek Central Asia was published in 2014.

Richard P. Martin is the Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor in Classics at Stanford University. He has applied ethnographic perspectives in analysing Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Aristophanes, and a range of cultural phenomena involving early Greek poetry, myth, and religion.

David Martinez is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. His publications include P. Michigan XVI: A Greek Love Charm from Egypt and Baptized for our Sakes: A Leather Trisagion from Egypt. He has also written articles on documentary Greek papyri and ancient Greek religion and magic. His current projects include the publication of the Texas papyri and projects which relate papyrological research to the study of early Christianity. His teaching interests focus on Greek papyrology and paleography, Greek language, Hellenistic authors, and early Christian literature.

Maya Muratov, currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Art and Art History at Adelphi University, received her Ph.D. in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her research interests include cultural, religious, and social history of the Greek colonies in the Northern Black Sea. She has been part of the team excavating in Pantikapaion, the capital of the Bosporan Kingdom, for the past 25 years.

Fred Naiden, Professor of History at UNC Chapel Hill, holds a degree in Classical Philology from Harvard. His first book, Ancient Supplication, dealt with Roman as well as Greek practices, and his second, Smoke Signals for the Gods, dealt with the issues discussed in his chapter here. He has also written on Akkadian and ancient Hebrew religion, on ancient Greek and Macedonian warfare, and on Greek law.

(p. xx) Robin Osborne is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King’s College Cambridge and of the British Academy. His work ranges widely across Greek history, art, and archaeology. He is co-editor, with Susan Alcock, of Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece (1994) and, with Esther Eidinow and Julia Kindt, of The Theologies of Greek Religion (forthcoming). His most recent monograph is The History Written on the Classical Greek Body (2011).

Andrej Petrovic is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University. His research interests and publications concern Greek epigraphy and religion. His current book projects, co-authored with I. Petrovic, concern concepts of inner purity in Greek religion, and rituals of divine bondage.

Ivana Petrovic is Senior Lecturer in Greek Literature at the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University. Her book Von den Toren des Hades zu den Hallen des Olymp. Artemiskult bei Theokrit und Kallimachos (2007) studies contemporary religion in Hellenistic poetry. She has co-edited volumes on the Roman triumph (2008) and on Greek Archaic epigram (2010). She has also published papers on Greek poetry, Greek religion, and magic. Her forthcoming monograph, co-written with Andrej Petrovic, discusses the phenomenon of inner purity in Greek religion.

Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge is Research Director of the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S.-FNRS), Lecturer at the University of Liège, and scientific editor of the journal Kernos. She is the author of many works relating to Greek religion, especially to Greek gods (L’Aphrodite grecque (1994)). Her research has also focused on Pausanias, on whom she has published a monograph entitled Retour à la source. Pausanias et la religion grecque (2008).

Gabriella Pironti is Research Associate and Lecturer in Ancient Religions at the University ‘Federico II’ of Naples. Her field of research is ancient Greek religion, in particular the representation of the divine in myths and cults. She is the author of a monograph entitled Entre ciel et guerre. Figures d’Aphrodite en Grèce ancienne (2007), a commentary of Hesiod’s Theogony (2008), and many works relating to Greek polytheism.

Verity Platt is Associate Professor of Classics and History of Art at Cornell University. She is the author of Facing the Gods. Epiphany and Representation in Greco-Roman Art, Literature and Religion (2011) and co-editor, with Michael Squire, of The Art of Art History in Greco-Roman Antiquity (Arethusa 43.2, Spring 2010) and Framing the Visual in Greco-Roman Antiquity (forthcoming). Her research interests focus on Greek and Roman art and religion, theories of vision and representation, the relationship between texts and objects in antiquity, and the lives of the Greek artists.

Lisa Raphals (瑞麗) is Professor of Comparative Literature/Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, and Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, National University of Singapore. She is the author of Knowing Words: Wisdom and Cunning in the Classical Traditions of China and Greece (1992), Sharing the Light: Representations of Women and Virtue in Early China (1998), Divination and Prediction (p. xxi) in Early China and Ancient Greece (2013), as well as many scholarly articles on comparative philosophy (China and Greece), history of science, religion, and gender.

Tanja S. Scheer is Professor of Ancient History at the Georg August Universität Göttingen. Her books include Mythische Vorväter. Zur Bedeutung griechischer Heroenmythen im Selbstverständnis kleinasiatischer Städte (1993), Die Gottheit und ihr Bild. Untersuchungen zur Funktion griechischer Kultbilder in Religion und Politik (= Zetemata 106, 2000), and Griechische Geschlechtergeschichte (2011). Her special interest is cultural history, especially Greek mythology and Greek religion in its social context.

Michael Scott is Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick, and formerly the Moses and Mary Finley Fellow in Ancient History at Darwin College, Cambridge. He has written extensively on the uses of spatial analysis in both literary and physical contexts, and particularly with regard to Greek sanctuaries, as well as on the importance of inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of Greek ritual and experience. His most recent monograph is Delphi: Centre of the Ancient World (2014).

Giulia Sfameni Gasparro, Professor of History of Religions at Messina University, is President of the Italian Society of the History of Religions, past President of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) and honorary life member of the EASR and of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR). Research interests include the religions of the ancient and late antique world, in particular Greek and Oriental mystery cults, Hermeticism, magic and oracles, ancient Christianity, Encratism, Gnosticism, and Manicheism. Her most recent publications are Dio unico, pluralità e monarchia divina. Esperienze religiose e teologie nel mondo tardo antico (2010), Introduzione alla storia delle religioni (2011), and La conoscenza che salva. Lo Gnosticismo: temi e problemi (2013).

Gillian Shepherd is Lecturer in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Director of the A. D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe University, Australia. Her research interests lie in the Greek settlement of Sicily and South Italy, especially with regard to burial customs and sanctuaries.

Harold Tarrant, after studies in the UK, worked in Australia for 38 years, first as a professor at the University of Sydney and then at the University of Newcastle. He has authored many publications, in particular on ancient Platonism and related literary texts. He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Though now living near Cambridge, UK, he remains Professor Emeritus at Newcastle and writes here as Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney.

Claire Taylor is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include epigraphic culture, particularly of non-elite groups, and poverty in the ancient world. She is author of a number of articles on Greek political, social, and cultural history and is co-editor of Ancient Graffiti in Context (2011).

(p. xxii) Hendrik S. Versnel studied Classical languages at Leiden University (1956–62) (Diss. Triumphus: An Inquiry into the Origin, Development and Meaning of the Roman Triumph, 1970). He returned to Leiden University in 1971, where he held a chair in Ancient History from 1980 to 2000. His expertise is in Greek and Roman religions, with an emphasis on myth and ritual, magic (especially curse texts), self-sacrifice (devotio), and the inconsistencies in Greek and Roman sources. His major publications include: Inconsistencies in Greek and Roman Religion (2 vols, 1990–3) and Coping with the Gods: Wayward Readings of Greek Theology (2011). For the author’s hobby in another Classical area see: Youtube, ‘Versnel classics’.

Kostas Vlassopoulos is Associate Professor in Greek History at the University of Nottingham. He is author of Unthinking the Greek Polis: Ancient Greek History beyond Eurocentrism (2007), Politics: Antiquity and its Legacy (2010), Greeks and Barbarians (2013), and co-edits the Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Slaveries (forthcoming).

Emmanuel Voutiras studied Classics and Archaeology at the University of Thessaloniki, from which he graduated in 1975. He continued his studies at the University of Bonn and obtained his Ph.D. in December 1979 with a thesis on Greek portraits of the Classical period. From 1984 to the present day he has been teaching Classical Archaeology at the University of Thessaloniki at undergraduate and graduate levels, becoming full professor in 2000. His main research interests are Greek and Roman sculpture, Greek religion, and Greek epigraphy. He has participated in projects for the publication of major collections of ancient sculpture in Greece and in Italy. In the spring of 1998 he was Visiting Professor of Archaeology at the University of Perugia. He was Junior Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. He is also a member of various learned societies and president of the Centre International d’Étude de la Religion Grecque Antique (CIERGA) in Brussels (since 2009).

Hannah Willey has recently been appointed to a lectureship in Ancient History at the University of Cambridge and to a fellowship at Murray Edwards College. She was previously the W. H. D. Rouse fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Her research interests cover various aspects of ancient Greek religion and society. She is currently completing a monograph on the interrelation of law and religion in the Greek city-state. Further areas of research include narratives of cult foundation and religious pollution. Forthcoming publications include articles on the lawgiver traditions, pollution in Plato’s Euthyphro, and religion and theology in the speeches of Demosthenes.