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Dr Crystal Addey

Teaching fellow
Schools contact

cja8@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 462609

Room: C31

Research profile

Research Interests

My research interests include Greek oracles; Graeco-Roman, Egyptian and (more broadly) Mediterranean religions (especially in late antiquity), ancient philosophy (especially Plato and Neoplatonism), late Roman and late antique history, literature and culture, ancient literary theory and book culture, and the history of religions.  I am particularly interested in the intersections and connections between philosophy, religion and literature in late antiquity.  I have written a monograph on the roles of divination and theurgy in Neoplatonism in late antiquity.  My current projects include work on the roles of oracles and oracle-collections in the ancient Mediterranean and work on the female readers of Plato.

Publications

Divination and Theurgy in Neoplatonism: Oracles of the Gods
Addey, C. J. 17 Oct 2014 Farnham: Ashgate. 335 p. (Ashgate Studies in Philosophy & Theology in Late Antiquity)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

forthcoming, Dreams, Medicine and Healing in Late Antiquity: Oneiromancy (Dream Divination) in Porphyry’s Philosophy from Oracles
Addey, C. J. 2016 Encantamento e cura. Fernandes, E. & Silva Coutinho, C. L. (eds.). Brazil
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

forthcoming, Plato's Women Readers
Addey, C. J. 2016 A Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Tarrant, H., Layne, D. A., Renaud, F. & Baltzly, D. (eds.). Leiden-Boston: Brill
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

The daimonion of Socrates: Daimones and Divination in Neoplatonism
Addey, C. J. 2014 The Neoplatonic Socrates. Layne, D. A. & Tarrant, H. (eds.). Philadephia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, p. 51-72 22 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

In the Light of the Sphere: The Vehicle of the Soul and Subtle Body Practices in Neoplatonism
Addey, C. J. 2013 Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between Mind and Body. Johnston, J. & Samuel, G. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 149-167 19 p. (Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy; vol. 8)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Ecstasy between Divine and Human: Re-assessing Agency in Iamblichean Divination and Theurgy
Addey, C. J. 2013 Literary, Philosophical and Religious Studies in the Platonic Tradition: Proceedings of the Seventh Annual International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Conference. Finamore, J. F. & Philips, J. (eds.). Bonn: Academia Verlag, p. 7-24 18 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

The Role of Divine Providence, Will and Love in Iamblichus' Theory of Theurgic Prayer and Religious Invocation
Addey, C. J. 2012 Iamblichus and the Foundations of Late Platonism. Afonasin, E., Dillon, J. & Finamore, J. F. (eds.). Boston-Leiden: Brill, Vol. 13, p. 148-167 20 p. (Ancient Mediterranean and Medieval Texts and Contexts: Studies in Platonism, Neoplatonism and the Platonic Tradition)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Assuming the Mantle of the Gods: 'Unknowable' Names and Invocations in Late Antique Theurgic Ritual
Addey, C. J. 2011 Sacred Words: Orality, Literacy and Religion. Lardinois, A. P. M. H., Blok, J. H. & Van Der Poel, M. G. M. (eds.). Leiden-Boston: Brill, Vol. 8, p. 279-294 16 p. (Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World ; vol. 8)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Divine Possession and Divination in the Graeco-Roman World: The Evidence from Iamblichus' On the Mysteries
Addey, C. J. 2010 Spirit Possession and Trance: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Schmidt, B. E. & Huskinson, L. (eds.). London and New York: Continuum, p. 171-185 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Monotheism, Henotheism and Polytheism in Porphyry's Philosophy from Oracles
Addey, C. J. 2010 Monotheism between Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity. Mitchell, S. & van Nuffelen, P. (eds.). Leuven: Peeters, Vol. 12, p. 149-165 17 p. (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion; vol. 12)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Mirrors and Divination: Catoptromancy, Oracles and Earth Goddesses in Antiquity
Addey, C. J. 2007 The Book of the Mirror: An Interdisciplinary Collection exploring the Cultural Story of the Mirror. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 32-46 16 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Oracles, Dreams and Astrology in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis
Addey, C. J. 2007 Seeing with Different Eyes: Essays on Astrology and Divination. Curry, P. & Voss, A. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, p. 35-57 23 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Consulting the Oracle: The Mantic Art and its Causation in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis
Addey, C. J. 2007 Metaphysical Patterns in Platonism: Ancient, Medieval, Renaisance and Modern Times. Berchman, R. & Finamore, J. F. (eds.). University Press of the South, p. 73-87 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

 

Oracles of Orpheus? The Orphic Gold Tablets
Addey, C. J. 2012 In : International Journal of the Platonic Tradition. 6, p. 115-127 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oracles, Religious Practices and Philosophy in Late Neoplatonism
Addey, C. J. 2007 In : Practical Philosophy. p. 31-35 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Mystic cults in Magna Graecia: edited by Giovanni Casadio and Patricia A. Johnson
Addey, C. J. 2015 In : International Journal of the Platonic Tradition. 9, 1, p. 114-117
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The Ancient Oracles: Making the Gods Speak: by Richard Stoneman
Addey, C. J. 2013 In : The Classical Review. 63, 1, p. 158-160 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

One God: Pagan Monotheism in the Roman Empire: edited by Stephen Mitchell and Peter Van Nuffelen
Addey, C. J. 2011 In : Journal of Roman Studies.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Iamblichus: The Letters: edited with a translation and commentary by John M. Dillon and Wolfgang Polleichtner
Addey, C. J. 2011 In : International Journal of the Platonic Tradition. 5, 2, p. 321-323 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Platonisms: Ancient, Modern and Postmodern
Addey, C. J. 2008 In : International Journal of the Platonic Tradition. 2, 1, p. 88-92 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

Teaching

Subhonours teaching

A range of Greek literature, language and philosophy, including Plato, Xenophon and the Pre-socratics; Latin language and Roman philosophy.

Honours Teaching

Greek philosophy. 

Modules

  • GK2001/2003: Landscape of Greek Prose: classes on Xenophon’s Memorabilia.
  • GK2002/2004: Landscape of Greek Poetry: classes on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Frogs.
  • GK1005: Greek Language and Literature I: classes on Plato’s Ion. 
  • GK1006: Greek Pastoral and Passion
  • CL4458: Ethics and Lifestyles: Philosophy and Ways of Living in Antiquity
  • CL2003: Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy: Early Greek Philosophy (Pre-socratics)
  • CL1004: Myth and Community in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture: Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology and Phaedo
  • CL2004: Culture and Thought in the late Roman Republic: Roman Philosophy: Lucretius
  • LT1001: Elementary Latin I
  • ID1004: Approaches to Reality (ancient mathematics; Plato’s simile of the Cave; Aristotelian and Ptolemaic cosmologies)

Academic career

After obtaining my PhD in Classics from the University of Bristol in 2009, I was lecturer at Cardiff University (for the School of History, Archaeology and Religious Studies; 2009-2011) and then Teaching Fellow in Classics at the University of Wales, Trinity St David (2011-2013). I was the Classics Centre Co-ordinator for the East End Classics Centre and the Capital Classics Project (2013-14), a role which focused on Outreach work to encourage, promote and assist the teaching and learning of Classics and related subjects in UK state schools. I have also worked for the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University, and the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales, Trinity St David. I joined the School of Classics at St Andrews as a Teaching Fellow in 2014.

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