Sofía Torallas Tovar

Sofia Torallas-Tovar
Professor of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Wieboldt 119
Ph.D., Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1995
Teaching at UChicago since 2014

Academic Bio

Since 2002, Sofía Torallas Tovar has been the curator of the Papyrological collections at the Abadia de Montserrat and directs the research conducted by the CSIC and Universitat Pompeu Fabra at the Abbey ( She participates in international projects concerned with the editing of Coptic texts, such as those on Marc and Shenoute of Atripe. Since 2009 she has collaborated with archaeological missions, like the Qubbet el Hawa (Aswan) Project of the University of Jaén and the Swiss Institute in editing the Syene ostraca.

She currently runs two projects in collaboration with Professor Chris Faraone:

1. Transmission of Magical Knowledge: the magical handbooks on papyrus (Neubauer Collegium)

2. Curses in Context (Neubauer Collegium)


Selected Publications

Recent & Regularly Taught Courses

- GREK 36515 History of the Greek Language
- NEHC 34118 Coptic Bible
- GREK 25116/35116 Reading Greek Literature in the Papyri
- NEHC 30287 Egypt in Late Antiquity

Affiliated Departments and Centers: Department of Classics, Divinity School
Subject Area: Ancient Near Eastern History