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Faculty Fellow

Carolina López-Ruiz

Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions and Mythologies in the Divinity School, the Department of Classics and the College University of Chicago


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Carolina López-Ruiz specializes in Greek and Near Eastern mythology and religion, and also on the Phoenician-Punic world. Her books include When the Gods Were Born: Greek Cosmogonies and the Near East (2010), Gods, Heroes, and Monsters: A Sourcebook of Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern Myths in Translation (2018, 2nd ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean (2019, co-edited with B.R. Doak), and, most recently, Phoenicians and the Making of the Mediterranean (2021), which has won book awards from the American Schools of Overseas Research and from the Mediterranean Seminar. Her books have been translated into Turkish and Spanish.

Featured Project

Stone sculptures of human or divine faces

Negotiating Identities, Constructing Territories: Pre-Roman Iberia (900-200 BCE)

2024 – 2025


Textual Amulets of the Mediterranean World: 1000 BCE-1000 CE

Textual Amulets of the Mediterranean World: 1000 BCE-1000 CE

An international group of scholars will produce a corpus of translations of the most important and best-preserved textual amulets of the Mediterranean, as well as drawings and recipes for them. The team plans to arrange the corpus chronologically so that historical trends can be easily traced.

For over two thousand years, people in pre-modern cultures wore objects on their bodies as amulets, initially things they found in the natural world, and then man-made items, eventually carrying a protective text. The last-named, which we will refer to as “textual amulets,” appear in different...