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Ljuba Merlina Bortolani, Dr.

Ljuba Merlina Bortolani, Dr.

Position

  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant in MC 10, ‘Cultural plurality and the fusion of traditions between east and west’, subproject MC10.1 ‘The magic of transculturality’.

Kontaktinformationen

Email:
ljuba.bortolani@hcts.uni-heidelberg.de

Über Ljuba Merlina Bortolani

Main research interests: Greek and Egyptian papyrology, ancient magic, history of religions, digital humanities (especially EpiDoc).

Lebenslauf

Education and Research

—1st July 2013 - present: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in MC 10, 'Cultural plurality and the fusion of traditions between east and west', subproject MC10.1  'The magic of transculturality'. 

— 1st May 2012 - 30th June 2013: One year post-doc, University of Bologna, Department of 'Storia, Culture, Civiltà' ('Society and power in the Greek inscriptions from Cyrenaica, IV-I centuries B.C.'), as part of the international project for the digital publication of the 'Inscriptions of Libya' (University of Bologna and  Macerata, Paris IV Sorbonne, King's College London).

— October 2008 - July 2012: AHRC funded PhD in 'Classics in interdisciplinary Context (Egyptology)', University College London (Department of Greek & Latin). Supervisors: Dr Nikolaos Gonis (Department of Greek & Latin), Professor John W. Tait (Institute of Archaeology). Thesis's title: 'Greek magical hymns: Egyptian voices in Greek dress? The nature of divinity in Graeco-Egyptian magical literature'. Examiners: Dr Martina Minas-Nerpel, Professor Ian Rutherford.

— September 2004 - July 2007: 'Laurea Specialistica' (MA equivalent) in 'Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East' (specialization Egyptology), University of Pisa, Italy, 110/110 summa cum laude. Supervisor: Professor Marilina Betrò (Egyptology). Thesis title: 'Bes and the headless god: PGM and Egyptian documents'.

— September 1999 - July 2004: 'Laurea' in Humanities (specialization Classics), University of Bologna, Italy, 110/110 summa cum laude. Supervisors: Professor Dario M. Cosi (History of religions of the ancient world), Professor Carla Salvaterra (Greek papyrology). Thesis title: 'Traces of Orphic tradition in a Greek magical papyrus: P. Mich. Inv. 7.154/PGM LXX'.

– 1994 - 1999: 'Maturità classica', Liceo Luigi Galvani, Bologna, Italy.

Teaching

— 26th - 29th May 2014: 'EAGLE- EpiDoc training workshop', University of Bologna, Department of 'Storia, Culture, Civiltà'.

— May 2013 - June 2013: Weekly EpiDoc classes for graduate and undergraduate students organized by the University of Bologna, Department of 'Storia, Culture, Civiltà'.

— 7th - 10th May 2013: 'EpiDoc training workshop', University of Bologna, Department of 'Storia, Culture, Civiltà'.

— 3rd October 2011 - 23rd March 2012: Postgraduate teaching assistant (Beginners' Greek A, B), University College London, Department of Greek & Latin.

'Digital Humanities'

— October 2010 - March 2011: 'Graduate Internship in Digital Publication (EpiDoc, oXygen XML editor): Greek and Latin inscriptions from Roman Libya', King's College London, under the supervision of Dr Gabriel Bodard.

— 7th - 10th March 2011: 'Integrating digital papyrology: DDbDP (Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri) / HGV (Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis der griechischen Papyrusurkunden Ägyptens) / SoSOL (The Son of Suda On Line) training session', King's College London.

Presentations at conferences and workshops

 —  18th April 2016: Special lecture entitled ‘Svelare l’arcano: le richieste di sogni divinatori. Sulle tracce delle tradizioni greca ed egiziana nei papiri magici’, organized by Professor Marilina Betrò within the project ‘Oriente e Occidente: da un mondo all’altro? Contatti, scambi, identità’, Department of ‘Civiltà e Forme del Sapere’, University of Pisa, Italy.

 — 12th - 13th September 2014: Conference ‘Cultural Plurality in Ancient Magical Texts and Practices’, IWH Symposium, Heidelberg. Paper delivered:  ‘“We are such stuff as dream oracles are made on”: Greek and Egyptian traditions and divine personas in the dream divination spells of the magical papyri’.

— 22nd May 2014: Joint research workshop ‘Transcultural talismans and the economies of the sacred’ (projects MC 3.1 ‘Economies of the Sacred’ and MC 10.1 ‘The Magic of Transculturality’ Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe, University of Heidelberg). Paper delivered: ‘Graeco-Egyptian magical gems’.

 — 27th - 29th March 2014: Conference 'Tracking Hermes/Mercury', Department of Classics, University of Virginia. Paper delivered: 'The Greek magical hymn to Hermes: syncretism or disguise? The Hellenization of Thoth in Graeco-Egyptian magical literature'.

— 8th - 9th February 2014: Workshop 'Economies of the Sacred: Dreams, Oracles and Sacred Sites in Asia and Europe', organized by project MC 3.1, Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe, University of Heidelberg. Paper delivered: 'The oracle of Bes at Abydos and the 'Dream-oracle of Bes' of the magical papyri: from a sacred site to a magical ritual'.

— 17th -19th January 2013: Conference 'SAEG 2013, 3° Seminario Avanzato di Epigrafia Greca', University Federico II, Naples. Paper delivered with Dr. Alice Bencivenni: 'L'edizione digitale delle iscrizioni greche della Cirenaica: status e prospettive'.

— 23rd - 26th March 2011: Postgraduate conference 'Current Research in Egyptology XII', Durham University. Paper delivered: 'The snake, the lion and the scarab: Egyptian images of the primordial/creator god in a Greek magical hymn'.

— 6th May 2009: Study day 'The Papyrologist at Work/Il Papirologo al Lavoro', University of Parma, Italy. Paper delivered: 'Cenni sugli inni magici greci: una prospettiva egiziana'.

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Monographs:

Bortolani, L. M., Magical Hymns from Roman Egypt: A Study of Greek and Egyptian Traditions of Divinity, Cambridge 2016, forthcoming (October).

Edited volumes:

Bortolani, L. M., Furley, W. D., Nagel, S. and Quack, J. F. (eds.), Cultural Plurality in Ancient Magical Texts and Practices: Proceedings of the IWH Symposium 12th-13th September 2014, Heidelberg, ORA, Tübingen, forthcoming.

Articles:

—  Bortolani, L. M., ‘Bes e l’ἀκέφαλος θεός dei PGM’, Egitto e Vicino Oriente 31 (2008), 105-26.

—  Bortolani, L. M., ‘The oracle of Bes at Abydos and the “Dream-oracle of Bes” in the Magical Papyri: from a sacred site to a magical ritual?’, Simblos: Scritti di Storia Antica 6 (2015), 263-81.

— Bortolani, L. M., Edition of papyrus P. Oxy. 5319, in N. Gonis, F. Maltomini, W. B. Henry and S. Slattery (eds.), The Oxyrhynchus Papyri LXXXII, 2016, 121-4.

— Bortolani, L. M., ‘The Greek magical hymn to Hermes: syncretism or disguise? The Hellenization of Thoth in Graeco-Egyptian magical literature’, in Tracking Hermes and Mercury, University of Virginia, March 27-29 2014, Oxford (forthcoming).

— Bortolani, L. M., ‘“We are such stuff as dream oracles are made on”: Greek and Egyptian traditions and divine personas in the dream divination spells of the magical papyri’, in L. M. Bortolani, W. D. Furley, S. Nagel and J. F. Quack (eds.), <xml></xml>Cultural Plurality in Ancient Magical Texts and Practices: Proceedings of the IWH Symposium 12th-13th September 2014, Heidelberg, ORA, Tübingen (forthcoming).

Book reviews:

— Richard L. Phillips, In Pursuit of Invisibility: Ritual Texts from Late Roman Egypt (Am.Stud.Pap. 47), Durham, N.C., 2009, in Tyche 25 (2010), 281-84.

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