Sofía Torallas Tovar

Professor of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. University of Chicago

Portrait of Sofía Torallas Tovar

Sofia Torallas Tovar is Professor of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Torallas Tovar specializes in Greek and Coptic papyrology, Graeco-Roman Egypt, and sociolinguistics. Within these fields she has published extensively on a wide variety of themes, from Philo and the Jewish communities of Egypt to the structure of Egyptian prisons and police forces. Within the project “Transmission of Magical Knowledge” funded by the Neubauer collegium of the University of Chicago, she is co-editing the entire corpus of the Greco-Egyptian magical handbooks on papyri. Torallas Tovar is the curator of the Roca-Puig papyrological collection at the Abadia de Montserrat and directs the research conducted at the Abbey. She is currently collaborating with Anne Boud’hors (IRHT Paris) on The Sahidic Versions of the Gospel of Mark: a critical edition and textural history (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming). She has also participated in archaeological missions, including the Swiss Institute at Aswan and the Qubbet el Hawa (Garb Aswan) Project of the University of Jaén. Torallas Tovar was educated at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Classical Philology and her Ph.D. in Classics (1995). She serves on the editorial board of numerous journals.

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