Sarah Iles Johnston
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Religion
424 University Hall
230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
Areas of Expertise
- Religions of the ancient Mediterranean
- Comparative study of religions and myths
- Archaic Greek poetry
- Horror fiction
- PhD, Cornell University, 1987
- MA, Cornell University, 1983
- BA, Classics, University of Kansas, 1980
- BS, Journalism, University of Kansas, 1979
"The Religious Affordance of Supernatural Horror Fiction," forthcoming in Numen.
"Here Lies Hecate: Poetry and Immortality in 2nd-Century Mesembria," forthcoming in Archiv für Religionsgeschichte.
"Ancient Greek Tales of the Afterlife," in David Saunders, ed., Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife in Ancient Greek Vase Painting (Getty Museum: 2021).
"Theurgy." Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic, ed. David T. Frankfurter, Brill, 2019.
- "Many (Un)Happy Returns: Ancient Greek Concepts of a Return from Death and their Later Counterparts." Round Trip to Hades in the Eastern Mediterranean Tradition, eds. Gunnel Ekroth and Ingela Nilsson, Brill, 2018, pp. 356-369.
- "The Comparative Approach." A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Myth, eds. Vanda Zajko and Helen Hoyle, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017, pp. 139-152.
- Gods and Mortals: Ancient Greek Myths for Modern Readers. Princeton University Press, 2022.
- The Story of Myth. Harvard University Press, 2018.
- Ritual Texts for the Afterlife: Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets. Routledge, 2013.
- Restless Dead: Encounters Between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece. University of California Press, 2013.
- Ancient Greek Divination. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
- Hekate Soteira: A Study of Hekate's Roles in the Chaldean Oracles and Related Literature. Oxford University Press, 1990.
- Edited volumes
- Ancient Religions. Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, 2007.
- Mantikê: Studies in Ancient Divination. Brill Academic Publishers, 2005.
- Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide. Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, 2004.
- Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art. Princeton University Press, 1996.