Departments of Classics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College
Sofía Torallas Tovar’s main research interest is Graeco-Roman Egypt and the recovery of new documents that can help reconstruct the large areas of antiquity that remain a mystery. Since 2002, she has served as the curator of the Roca-Puig papyrological collection of the Abbey of Montserrat. She has also directed research conducted by the Spanish National Council of Research (CSIC) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra at the abbey. Torallas Tovar has participated in international projects concerned with the editing of literary Coptic texts, such as those on the Gospel of Marc in Sahidic and the literary corpus of the fifth century monastic founder Shenoute of Atripe. Since 2009, she has collaborated with archaeological missions such as the Qubbet el Hawa (Aswan) Project of the University of Jaén and the Swiss Institute in editing the Syene ostraca.
Torallas Tovar’s most recent publication is “Philo of Alexandria’s Dream Classification,” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte, 15 (2014). In 2004, she was appointed to the Reial Academia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona. Since 2007, she has served as president of the Asociación Cultural Hispano-Helénica.
Torallas Tovar received her PhD in classics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the CSIC-Instituto de Filología in Madrid and at the Institute of Classical Studies in London.
Torallas Tovar joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.