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Faraone, Christopher A.

Works: 30 works in 222 publications in 3 languages and 9,554 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Trivia and miscellanea  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Christopher A Faraone
Prostitutes and courtesans in the ancient world by Christopher A Faraone( )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 2,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays explore the implications of sex-for-pay from ancient Mesopotamia to the early Christian period. They reflect the debates engendered by research by confronting the ambiguous terms for prostitution in ancient languages as well as the politicaland social implications of literary representations of prostitutes
Magika hiera : ancient Greek magic and religion by Christopher A Faraone( )

36 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and held by 2,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient Greek love magic by Christopher Faraone( )

31 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The ancient Greeks, commonly resorted to magic spells to attract and keep lovers - as numerous allusions in Greek literature and recently discovered "voodoo dolls, " magical papyri, gemstones, and curse tablets attest. Surveying and analyzing these various texts and artifacts, Christopher Faraone reveals that gender is the crucial factor in understanding love spells. There are, he argues, two distinct types of love magic: the curse-like charms used primarily by men to torture unwilling women with fiery and maddening passion until they surrender sexually; and the binding spells and debilitating potions generally used by women to sedate angry or philandering husbands and make them more affectionate." "This study of magical practices and their implications for perceptions of male and female sexuality offers an unusual look at ancient Greek religion and society."--Jacket
The stanzaic architecture of early Greek elegy by Christopher A Faraone( )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this study of the poetic form of early Greek elegy, Christopher A. Faraone argues against the assumption that it was a genre of stichic poetry derived from or dependent on epic verse. Faraone emphasizes the fact that early elegiac poets composed their songs to the tune of an aulos (a kind of oboe) and he argues that they used a five-couplet stanza as a basic unit of composition. He points out how knowledge of the elegiac stanza can give us insight into how these poets alternated between stanzas of exhortation and meditation, used co-ordinated pairs of stanzas to construct lengthy arguments about excellence or proper human government, and created generic set pieces that they could deploy in longer compositions. This study is accessible to anyone interested in the composition and performance of lyric poetry and song."--Jacket
Masks of Dionysus( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talismans and Trojan horses : guardian statues in ancient Greek myth and ritual by Christopher A Faraone( Book )

16 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek legends and historical accounts contain many references to special statues or images designed to preserve the safety or livelihood of a city, a business or a house. These images, which fall into two often overlapping categories (talismans and apotropaia), were erected according to special rituals and took on a variety of intriguing forms, including lions, locusts, and bound effigies of destructive deities like Ares. Looking closely at a wide variety of Greek texts and artifacts, Faraone provides a detailed description and survey of these images and then uses this information to provide new interpretations of early Greek myths about Pandora, the Trojan Horse, and the "living statues" created by Hephaestus. At each step he sets the Greek evidence in a wider eastern-Mediterranean context, with detailed discussions of Near Eastern and Egyptian practices that bear close resemblance to the Greek rituals. The study closes with a re-evaluation of the traditional scholarly approach to religious art as purely representational, suggesting that some images instead of simply illustrating the power of a god, were actually created to restrain and control the power of inimical supernatural forces such as plague-gods and ghosts. Focusing renewed attention on these often misinterpreted talismans and apotropaia, Talismans and Trojan Horses will be illuminating for scholars and students of classics, art and archaeology, religion, the Ancient Near East, the Bible, and mythology
Greek and Roman animal sacrifice : ancient victims, modern observers by Christopher A Faraone( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First general critique of the interpretations of animal sacrifice established by Walter Burkert, the late J.-P. Vernant, and Marcel Detienne
Initiation in ancient Greek rituals and narratives : new critical perspectives by David Dodd( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An international group of experts in Greek religion and society challenge the privileged status of initiation as a paradigm in classical studies. The cases used range widely, from the ancient Greek wedding and adolescent haircutting rituals to initiation in Greek myth, tragedy and comedy
The Getty hexameters : poetry, magic, and mystery in ancient Selinous( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks in detail at a series of 44 verses inscribed on a recently discovered lead tablet from 5th century BC Sicily. This the first complete critical edition of the Greek text to appear in print
The transformation of Greek amulets in Roman imperial times by Christopher A Faraone( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the contents: 0Preface / Abbreviations for Corpora of Magical Texts;0PART I: ARCHAEOLOGY : Distribution / Shapes / Media; 0PART II: IMAGES: Action Figures / Domestic Guardians / Pharaonic and Ptolemaic Images; 0PART III. TEXTS: Prayers / Incantations / Framing Speech Acts / Conclusions and Further Trajectories; 0APPENDICES: A: Summaries of Recipes for Protective Amulets Worn During Dangerous Rituals (from the longer PGM Handbooks) / B: Summaries of Recipes from a Curative Handbook Embedded in a Magical Handbook (PGM VII 193-214) / C: Summaries of Recipes from Smaller Fragments of Curative or Protective Handbooks / D: Summaries of Recipes from a Fragment of a Curative Handbook (Testament of Solomon 18.15-40) / E: Summary of Recipes from a Fragment of an Amulet Handbook (S & D 26-39) / F: Summary of Recipes Preserved by Marcellus of Bordeaux / G: Summary of Recipes Preserved by Alexander of Tralles / H: Summary of Recipes Preserved by Aelius Promotus / I: Summary of Recipes Preserved by Dioscorides, Notes, Glossary of Authors and Texts, Glossary of Terms, Bibliography; 0INDICES: General Index / Index Locorum Ancient Words
Vanishing acts on ancient Greek amulets : from oral performance to visual design by Christopher A Faraone( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Greek magical texts sometimes contain peculiar triangular formations created by repeating the same word over and over again in the same column, but leaving off one letter at the beginning or end (or both). Interpretations shifted during the twentieth century: did the words inscribed in these shapes represent the names of diseases or evil demons which were forced to disappear as each letter of the name does? Or were they the work of Roman period scribes representing very different notions? This new study uses a masterly survey of the known examples of these texts to argue for a radical revision of recent views."--
Vertis in usum : studies in honor of Edward Courtney by Cynthia Damon( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masks of Dionysius( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek and Roman animal sacrifice$gancient victims, modern observers( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talismans, voodoo dolls and other apotropaic statues in ancient Greece by Christopher Athanasious Faraone( )

3 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The revival or reinvention of Non-Roman religion under Roman imperial rule by Clifford Ando( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World (Wisconsin studies in classics) by Laura McClure( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An inscribed gold phylactery in Stamford, Connecticut by Christopher A Faraone( Book )

in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Text, image and medium : the evolution of Graeco-Roman magical gemstones by Christopher A Faraone( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Imagined beginnings : the poetics and politics of creation stroires in the ancient Near East and Greece( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The stanzaic architecture of early Greek elegy
Magika hiera : ancient Greek magic and religionAncient Greek love magicThe stanzaic architecture of early Greek elegyInitiation in ancient Greek rituals and narratives : new critical perspectives
Alternative Names
Christopher A. Faraone American classical philologist

Christopher A. Faraone Amerikaans klassiek filoloog

Christopher A. Faraone US-amerikanischer klassischer Philologe

Faraone, Christopher A. 1955-

Faraone, Christopher A. (Cristopher Athanasious), 1955-

Faraone, Christopher Athanasious 1955-

Faraone, Cristopher Athanasious 1955-

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