Professor Radcliffe G. Edmonds III
Associate Professor & Chair,
Department of Greek,
Latin, & Classical Studies
Office: Thomas 245
Publications and Projects:
Myths of the Underworld Journey in Plato, Aristophanes, and the Orphic Gold Tablets: A Path Neither Simple Nor Single Cambridge University Press (2004). (abstract)
The Orphic Gold Tablets and Greek Religion: Further Along the Path, editor and contributing article and introduction for a collection of new and previously published articles on the ‘Orphic’ Gold Tablets Cambridge University Press (2011). (abstract)
Redefining Ancient Orphism: A Study in Greek Religion (book forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). (abstract)
Drawing Down the Moon: Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World (book in preparation, under contract at Princeton University Press) (abstract)
"Who in Hell is Heracles? Dionysos' Disastrous Disguise in Aristophanes' Frogs," in Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives: New Critical Perspectives, eds. Dodds & Faraone, Routledge 2003, pp. 181-200. (abstract) (article)
"At the Seizure of the Moon: The Absence of the Moon in the Mithras Liturgy," in Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World , eds. Noegel, Walker, & Brannon, Penn State University Press, 2003, pp. 223-239. (abstract) (article)
"Faces of the Moon: Cosmology, Genesis, and the Mithras Liturgy," in Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions, eds. Ra'anan S. Boustan & Annette Yoshiko Reed, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 275-295. (abstract) (article)
"Recycling Laertes' Shroud: More on Orphism and Original Sin" (article published online at the Center for Hellenic Studies) (abstract)
"Who are you? Mythic Narrative and Identity in the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets," in Mystic Cults in Magna Grecia, ed. Patricia Johnston & Giovanni Casadio, University of Texas Press (2009), pp. 73-94. (abstract) (article)
"The Children of Earth and Starry Heaven: The Meaning and Function of the Formula in the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets," in Orfeo y el orfismo: nuevas perspectivas, Alberto Bernabé, Francesc Casadesús y Marco Antonio Santamaría (eds.), Alicante : Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes (2010), pp. 98-121. (abstract) (article)
"The Bright Cypress of the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets: Direction and Illumination in Myths of the Underworld," in Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek & Roman Mythology and Religion. Lexington Books (2010), pp. 221-234. (abstract)
"Orphic Mythology" in Blackwell Companion to Classical Mythology (2010), pp. . (abstract)
"Blaming the Witch: Some Reflections upon Unexpected Death," in Women and Gender in Ancient Religions: Interdisciplinary Approaches, ed. S. Ahearne-Kroll & J. Kelhoffer. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (2010), pp. . (abstract)
Entries for “Underworld”, “Afterlife”, “Styx” and “Necromancy” in The Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg Wiley-Blackwell (2010).
“Who are you? A brief history of the scholarship” in The Orphic Gold Tablets and Greek Religion, Cambridge (2011), pp. 3-14.
“Texts and Translations” in The Orphic Gold Tablets and Greek Religion, Cambridge (2011), pp. 15-50.
"Sacred Scripture or Oracles for the Dead? The Semiotic Situation of the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets," in The Orphic Gold Tablets and Greek Religion. Cambridge (2011), pp. 257-270. (abstract)
“Festivals in the Afterlife: A New Reading of the Petelia Tablet (OF 476.11)” in Tracing Orpheus. Studies of Orphic Fragments. Herrero de Jáuregui, M., Jiménez San Cristóbal, A., Luján Martínez, E., Hernández, R., Santamaría Álvarez, M., & Torallas Tovar, S. (2011), pp. 185-188.
“Whip Scars on the Naked Soul: Myth and Elenchos in Plato's Gorgias” in Platonic Myths: Status, Uses, and Functions, ed. Collobert, Destrée & Gonzalez, Brill (2012), pp. 165-186. (abstract)
“Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press.
“The Ephesia Grammata: Logos Orphaikos or Apolline Alexima pharmaka?” in The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mysteries in Ancient Selinous, ed. Christopher Faraone & Dirk Obbink (forthcoming Oxford University Press).
“Persephone and Ļοινή: Recompense for the Powers of the Underworld in the 'Orphic' Gold Tablets and Pindar fr. 133,” in Graf, Fritz, ed., Ritual Texts for the Afterlife, (forthcoming). (abstract)
“Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: Erotic Magic in the Greco-Roman World” in Blackwell Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities, ed. T. Hubbard. (forthcoming)
“Dionysos in Egypt? Epaphian Dionysos in the Orphic Hymns” Redefinir Dioniso / Redefining Dionysus (forthcoming de Gruyter)
“Imagining the Afterlife in Greek Religion” in Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, eds. Eidinow, Esther & Julia Kindt, (in preparation Oxford University Press).
Associate Editor: Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Editorial Board: Religion Compass Graeco-Roman Religions