Fritz Graf

Fritz Graf

Fritz Graf

Professor Emeritus

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Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Greek Epigraphy
  • History of Scholarship
  • Ancient Religions and Mythologies


  • Ph.D. University of Zurich 1971
  • Habilitation University of Zurich 1981
  • M.A. University of Zurich 1968

When asked how he did research, the great Latinist and Historian of Religion Eduard Norden (1868-1941) explained: "I keep all my ties in one big shoe-box. Every time I try to pull out one specific tie, all the others come out as well, because everything in there is so entangled. This is also the way I do research."


Image of front cover of book by Fritz Graf


Ritual Texts for the Afterlife: Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets     




Ritual Texts for the Afterlife


Magic in the Ancient World (Revealing Antiquity, No. 10)     Greek Mythology: An Introduction       Eleusis und die Orphische Dichtung Athens in Vorhellenistischer Zeit

Der Lauf des rollenden Jahres. Lectio Teubneriana 6 (Stuttgart and Leipzig: Teubner, 1997)

Nordionische Kulte. Epigraphische und religionsgeschichtliche Untersuchungen zu den Kulten von Chios, Erythrai, Klazomenai und Phokaia. Bibliotheca Helvetica Romana 21 (Rome: Istituto Svizzero, 1984)

Edited Books


Kleine Schriften V Mythica, Ritualia, Religiosa 2


Einleitung in die Lateinische Philologie (Stuttgart and Leipzig: Teubner 1997). - Italian: Introduzione alla Filologia Latina (Rome: Salerno Editore, 2003). - Greek translation: Thessalonike, 2003.

Ansichten griechischer Rituale. Geburtstags-Symposium für Walter Bukert (Stuttgart and Leipzig, 1998)

Mythos in mythenloser Gesellschaft. Das Paradigma Rom. Colloquium Rauricum 3 (Stuttgart and Leipzig, 1993)

Klassische Antike und neue Wege der Kulturwissenschaften. Symposium Karl Meuli (Basel, 11.-13. September 1991). Beiträge zur Volkskunde 11 (Basel: Verlag SGV 1992)

Co-edited Volumes

Herwig Goergemanns, Barbara Feichtinger, Fritz Graf, Werner Jeanrond and Jan Opsomer, Plutarch. Dialog über die Liebe. Amatorius . SAPERE 10 (Tuebingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006)

Jacob Burckhardt. Griechische Culturgeschichte, ed. by Leonhard Burckhardt, F. G., Barbara von Reibnitz and Jürgen von Ungern-Sternberg. Vols. 1 and 3 (Munich: Beck, 2003)

Wanderungen, ed. by F. G. und Erik Hornung. Eranos Jahrbuch, Neue Reihe 3 (Munich: Fink, 1995)

Joachim Latacz: Erschliessung der Antike. Kleine Schriften zur Literatur der Griechen und Römer, ed. by F. G., Jürgen von Ungern-Sternberg and Arbogast Schmitt (Stuttgart and Leipzig: Teubner, 1994)

Recent Articles

“Individual and Common Cult: Epigraphic Reflections,” in: Jörg Rüpke, ed., The Individual in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 115-135

“The Christian Transformation of Magic,” in: Emilio Suárez de la Torre and Aurelio Pérez Jiménez, eds., Mito y Magia in Grecia y Roma (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2013), 289-300

“One Generation after Burkert and Girard: Where Are the Great Theories?”, in:Christopher A. Faraone and Fred Naiden, eds., Greek and Roman Sacrifice. Ancient Victims, Modern Observers (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 32-51

“A Satirist’s Sacrifices. Lucian’s On Sacrifices and the Contestation of Religious Traditions,” in: Jennifer W. Knust and Zsuzsana Várhelyi, eds.,Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), 203-213

“Baptism and Graeco-Roman Mystery Cults,” in: David Hellholm, Tor Vegge, Øyvind, Norderval, Christer Hellholm, eds., Ablution, Initiation, and Baptism. Late Antiquity, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity (Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2011), 101-118

“Magic and Divination. Two Apolline Oracles on Magic,”, in: Gideon Bohak et all., Continuity and Innovation in the Magical Tradition. Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture15 (Leiden, Brill, 2011), 119-133

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