About the Contributors
Alberto Bernabé is Professor of Ancient Greek at the University Complutense, Madrid, Spain. His works include Poetae Epici Graeci: Testimonia et fragmenta, and he has published extensively on Orphic Texts, including an edition of the Orphic Testimonies and Fragments, vols. I -III (2004 -2007). In 2001 he co-authored, with Ana Isabel Jiménez San Cristóbal, Instrucciones para el Más Allá: Las laminillas órficas de oro (2002); an English translation of this text, Instructions for the Netherworld: The Orphic Gold Tablets, was published in 2008.
Frederick E. Brenk, S.J., is Professor Emeritus at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He has published many articles on the Isis cult and is well known for his books treating Plutarch, Greek and Roman literature, religion, and philosophy, the New Testament background, and Vergil. Many of his contributions can be found in his Relighting the Souls (1998); With Unperfumed Voice (2007); and Clothed in Purple Light (1999), the last of which focuses mainly on Vergil.
Paolo Caputo is Director of the excavations at Cumae, and Archaeologist and Co-ordinating Director at the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta.
Giovanni Casadio is Professor of History of Religions at the University of Salerno and co-director of the annual symposia Cumana sponsored by the Vergilian Society. He served on the executive committee of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) as Publications Officer. He was associate editor of the second edition of Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion and is a member of the advisory board of several international series and journals (including Archaeus and Vergilius). Dr. Casadio has over one hundred publications in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, and Rumanian on ancient Mediterranean religions (on Dionysus, Orphism, and Gnosticism in particular) and religious historiography. His books include: Storia del culto di Dioniso in Argolide (1994); Vie gnostiche all'immortalità (1997); Il vino dell'anima (1999); and Ugo Bianchi: Una vita per la storia delle religioni (ed., 2002).
Raymond J. Clark is Professor of Classics, University of Ottawa, Canada. One of his major fields of interest is the work of Vergil, and in particular Vergil's underworld in Aeneid 6. He is former Editor of Vergilius.
Radcliffe G. Edmonds III is an Associate Professor in the Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College. He has published on eros and midwifery in Plato, on magic and cosmology in the "Mithras Liturgy," and on various topics relating to Orphism, including the Derveni Papyrus and the gold tablets. His Myths of the Underworld Journey: Plato, Aristophanes, and the "Orphic" Gold Tablets, was published by Cambridge University Press. His current research interests include the history of myth interpretation and the marginal categories of magic and Orphism within Greek religion. He is editing a collection of essays on the "Orphic" gold tablets, forthcoming from Cambridge and working on a study entitled "Redefining Ancient Orphism."
Richard Gordon is honorary professor in the Department of Comparative Religion at the University of Erfurt in Germany. He is a member of a research project in magic at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, having recently co-edited the proceedings of the conference held there in 2005 on magical practice in the Latin West (RGRW 168, 2009); and the proceedings of a conference at Erfurt on the contribution of religion to the formation of individuality in antiquity. He is widely recognized as a major scholar of Mithraism.
R. Drew Griffith is Professor and Graduate Chair, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His research interests include Greek literature, comparative literature, and literary criticism. His books include The Theatre of Apollo (1996) and, most recently, Mummy Wheat: Egyptian Influence on the Homeric View of the Afterlife and the Eleusinian Mysteries (2004).
Cornelia Isler-Kerényi has published widely on Greek art, the history of research, Roman Switzerland, and Dionysos. Among her books are Dionysos in Archaic Greece: An Understanding through Images (2007); a translation of Dionysus nella Grecia arcaica: Il contributo delle immagini (2001); and Civilizing Violence: Satyrs on Sixth-Century Greek Vases (2004).
Ana Isabel Jiménez San Cristóbal is Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek at the University Complutense, Madrid, Spain. She has published extensively on Orphic Texts, including her dissertation Rituales órficos (Universidad Complutense, 2002). With Alberto Bernabé she co-authored Instrucciones para el Más Allá: Las laminillas órficas de oro (2002). An English translation of Instrucciones, Instructions for the Netherworld: the Orphic Gold Tablets, was published in 2008.
Patricia A. Johnston is Professor of Classics and Chair of the Religious Studies Program at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Her publications include Vergil's Agricultural Golden Age: A Study of the Georgics (1980); a dactylic hexameter translation of Vergil's Aeneid (forthcoming 2009), and a commentary on Vergil's Aeneid VI. In 1995, as president of the Vergilian Society, Professor Johnston established the society's annual scholarly Symposia Cumana in Cumae, Italy, and since then has been the main director of these symposia. In this capacity she has co-edited two collections of papers presented there, in addition to this one: The Cultural Response to the Volcanic Landscape (2005) and Vergil, Philodemus and the Augustans, co-edited with David Armstrong, Jeffrey Fish, and Marilyn B. Skinner (2004). She is currently editor of Vergilius, the journal of the Vergilian Society.
Kathryn M. Lucchese, Ph.D., is Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, with research specialization in cultural geography, especially in sacred landscapes and cultural terrorism. Her areas of regional specialization are Europe (especially Italy) and Asia (especially Japan). She has most frequently taught a large survey course on world regional geography and most recently taught an undergraduate seminar on the geography of terrorism. Dr. Lucchese is author of "The Shores of Sendai-Wan: From Matsushima to Shiogama," an essay in the forthcoming edition of the University of Arizona's online journal of creative geography you are here. She also authored Folk Like Me, a comprehensive collection of saint stories and accompanying maps for use in primary and secondary schools (2008).
Bonnie Maclachlan is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair at the University of Western Ontario. Her books include Virginity Revisited. Configurations of the Unpossessed Body (2007); The Age of Grace: Charis in Early Greek Poetry (1993); and Harmonia Mundi: Music and Philosophy in Ancient Greece (1991). Her current work focuses on early Greek poetry and women's cults in Magna Graecia.
Luther H. Martin is Professor of Religion and former Chair of the Religion Department at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Hellenistic Religions (1987) and of numerous articles in this area of his historical specialization. He has also published widely on theory and method in the study of religion, most recently on cognitive theory and historiographical method. In this latter area, he is co-editor of Past Minds: Studies in Cognitive Historiography (in press). He is currently President of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion.
Glenn Palmer, Brandeis University, does research in Mithraism and also in Biology. He is currently researching the Neo-Platonic influence upon Roman Mithraism.
Giulia Sfameni Gasparro is Professor for the History of Religions at the Department of Late Antiquity and Humanities at the University of Messina, Italy. Her main scholarly work is dedicated to the world of classical and late Antiquity and early Christianity, with particular interests in the oriental and Greek mystery cults, oracles and prophecy, hermetism and also Manichean religions and dualistic movements in medieval Christianity. Her works include Oracoli Profeti Sibille: Rivelazione e salvezza nel mondo antico (2002); Misteri e culti mistici di Demetra (1986); Soteriology and Mystic Aspects in the Cult of Cybele and Attis (1985); and I culti orientali in Sicilia (1973). She has also edited a number of books on themes in the history of religions in Europe. She is former president and honorary life member of the European Association for the Study of Religion, which she was instrumental in creating. She is vice-president and honorary life member of the Italian Association of the History of Religions (IAHR).