Research Profile

Crystal Addey

Biography

I graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree from the University of Liverpool in 2000 and then completed a Masters degree in Ancient Philosophy and Mythology in the Department of Classics, University of Wales, Lampeter in 2002. I obtained my PhD in 2009 from the University of Bristol for my thesis ‘The Roles of Divination and Theurgy in the Philosophy of Porphyry and Iamblichus’ (under the supervision of Professor Gillian Clark). After teaching for several years at Cardiff University (2009-11) and the University of Wales, Trinity St. David (2011-13), I was appointed as the Classics Centre Co-ordinator (2013-14) for the newly established East End Classics Centre under the aegis of the Capital Classics project, established to encourage and promote the teaching of Classics and related subjects in state schools across East and North London. I then taught at the University of St Andrews (2014-17) and was subsequently appointed as a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow (2018) to work on the AHRC-funded project ‘The Reception of Aristotle in Byzantium.’ In September 2019, I was appointed as a permanent Lecturer in Classics at UCC.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the connections and intersections between philosophy, religion and culture in the Roman imperial period and late antiquity, with a particular specialisation in the relationship between late antique philosophy (especially metaphysics, epistemology and cosmology) and traditional Graeco-Roman religions.  My primary focus is on the roles of oracles and other forms of divination within ancient philosophy (especially the Platonic tradition and Neoplatonism), with a particular specialisation in late antique theurgy, and Mediterranean religious traditions.  Another area of specialisation focuses on the roles of women in ancient philosophy and the complex relationship between gender and philosophy.  I am also interested in the reception of Homer, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in the Roman imperial period, late antiquity and Byzantium (especially within the Platonic tradition), and ancient literary theory and book culture, including the history of the book. Finally,  I also have a strong interest in approaches and attitudes towards animals, the natural world and the environment in Graeco-Roman philosophy and religious traditions. My research is interdisciplinary, engaging with – and drawing on – philosophical, historical, anthropological, religious studies and postcolonial research and approaches.


Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2014)Divination and Theurgy in Neoplatonism: Oracles of the Gods.
Addey, Crystal (2014) Divination and Theurgy in Neoplatonism: Oracles of the Gods. London-New York: Routledge.   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2019)'Oracles of Fire: The Formation and Reception of the Chaldean Oracles'
Crystal Addey (2019) 'Oracles of Fire: The Formation and Reception of the Chaldean Oracles' In: Helmut Seng and Lucia Tissi (eds). Late Antique Oracles in Context: The Fortune and Reception of Oracular Texts in Late Antiquity. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag. [Details]
(2018)'Plato's Women Readers'
Addey, Crystal (2018) 'Plato's Women Readers' In: Harold Tarrant, Danielle Layne, Dirk Baltzly and Francois Renaud (eds). Brill's Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
(2017)'Sosipatra: Prophetess, Philosopher and Theurgist: Reflections on Divination and Epistemology in Late Antiquity'
Addey, Crystal (2017) 'Sosipatra: Prophetess, Philosopher and Theurgist: Reflections on Divination and Epistemology in Late Antiquity' In: Richard Evans (eds). Prophets and Profits: Problems in Ancient Divination and its Reception. London-New York: Routledge. [Details]
(2017)'Dreams, Medicine and Healing in Late Antiquity: Oneiromancy (Dream Divination) in Porphyry's Philosophy from Oracles'
Addey, Crystal (2017) 'Dreams, Medicine and Healing in Late Antiquity: Oneiromancy (Dream Divination) in Porphyry's Philosophy from Oracles' In: Edrisi Fernandes and Carlos Luciano Silva Cortinha (eds). Cura e encantamento: rito, mito e psicologia. Brazil: Tanto Mar Editores. [Details]
(2014)'The daimonion of Socrates: Daimones and Divination in Neoplatonism'
Addey, Crystal (2014) 'The daimonion of Socrates: Daimones and Divination in Neoplatonism' In: Harold Tarrant and Danielle Layne (eds). The Neoplatonic Socrates: Essays in Late Antiquity and the Reception of Socrates. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. [Details]
(2013)'Ecstasy between Divine and Human: Reassessing Agency in Iamblichean Divination and Theurgy'
Addey, Crystal (2013) 'Ecstasy between Divine and Human: Reassessing Agency in Iamblichean Divination and Theurgy' In: John F. Finamore and John Philips (eds). Literary, Philosophical and Religious Studies in the Platonic Tradition. Bonn: Academia Verlag. [Details]
(2013)'In the Light of the Sphere: The Vehicle of the Soul and Subtle Body Practices in Neoplatonism'
Addey, Crystal (2013) 'In the Light of the Sphere: The Vehicle of the Soul and Subtle Body Practices in Neoplatonism' In: Geoffrey Samuel and Jay Johnston (eds). Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West: Between Mind and Body. London-New York: Routledge. [Details]
(2012)'The Role of Divine Providence, Will and Love in Iamblichus' Theory of Prayer and Religious Invocation'
Addey, Crystal (2012) 'The Role of Divine Providence, Will and Love in Iamblichus' Theory of Prayer and Religious Invocation' In: Eugene Afonasin, John Dillon and John Finamore (eds). Iamblichus and the Foundations of Late Platonism. Leiden: Brill.   [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Assuming the Mantle of the Gods: 'Unknowable' Names and Invocations in Late Antique Theurgic Ritual'
Addey, Crystal (2011) 'Assuming the Mantle of the Gods: 'Unknowable' Names and Invocations in Late Antique Theurgic Ritual' In: André Lardinois, Josine Blok and M.G.M. van der Poel (eds). Sacred Words: Orality, Literacy and Religion. Leiden: Brill. [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Monotheism, Henotheism and Polytheism in Porphyry's Philosophy from Oracles'
Addey, Crystal (2010) 'Monotheism, Henotheism and Polytheism in Porphyry's Philosophy from Oracles' In: Stephen Mitchell and Peter Van Nuffelen (eds). Monotheism Between Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity. Leuven: Peeters. [Details]
(2010)'Divine Possession and Divination in the Graeco-Roman World: The Evidence from Iamblichus' On the Mysteries'
Addey, Crystal (2010) 'Divine Possession and Divination in the Graeco-Roman World: The Evidence from Iamblichus' On the Mysteries' In: Bettina E. Schmidt and Lucy Huskinson (eds). Spirit Possession and Trance: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives. London: Continuum. [Details]
(2007)'Oracles, Dreams and Astrology in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis'
Addey, Crystal (2007) 'Oracles, Dreams and Astrology in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis' In: Angela Voss and Patrick Curry (eds). Seeing with Different Eyes: Essays on Astrology and Divination. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]
(2007)'Consulting the Oracle: The Mantic Art and its Causation in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis'
Addey, Crystal (2007) 'Consulting the Oracle: The Mantic Art and its Causation in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis' In: John F. Finamore and Robert Berchman (eds). Metaphysical Patterns in Platonism: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Modern Times. New Orleans: University Press of the South. [Details]
(2007)'Mirrors and Divination: Catoptromancy, Oracles and Earth Goddesses in Antiquity'
Addey, Crystal (2007) 'Mirrors and Divination: Catoptromancy, Oracles and Earth Goddesses in Antiquity' In: Miranda Anderson (eds). The Book of the Mirror: An Interdisciplinary Collection exploring the Cultural Story of the Mirror. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2020)Divination and Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity
Crystal (Ed.). (2020) Divination and Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity London: Routledge. [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2019)Review of E.G. Simonetti, A Perfect Medium? Oracular Divination in the Thought of Plutarch, Leuven 2017.
Crystal Addey (2019) Review of E.G. Simonetti, A Perfect Medium? Oracular Divination in the Thought of Plutarch, Leuven 2017. Book Reviews   [Details]
(2015)Review of G. Casadio and P.A. Johnson (eds), Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia, Austin 2009.
Crystal Addey (2015) Review of G. Casadio and P.A. Johnson (eds), Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia, Austin 2009. Book Reviews   [DOI] [Details]
(2013)Ancient Oracles: Review of R. Stoneman, The Ancient Oracles: Making the Gods Speak, New Haven and London 2011.
Crystal Addey (2013) Ancient Oracles: Review of R. Stoneman, The Ancient Oracles: Making the Gods Speak, New Haven and London 2011. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2011)Review of J.M. Dillon and W. Polleichtner (eds), Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters, Atlanta 2009.
Crystal Addey (2011) Review of J.M. Dillon and W. Polleichtner (eds), Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters, Atlanta 2009. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2011)Review of S. Mitchell and P. Van Nuffelen (eds), One God: Pagan Monotheism in the Roman Empire, Cambridge 2010.
Crystal Addey (2011) Review of S. Mitchell and P. Van Nuffelen (eds), One God: Pagan Monotheism in the Roman Empire, Cambridge 2010. Book Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2008)Review of K. Corrigan and J. Turner, Platonisms: Ancient, Modern and Postmodern, Leiden 2007.
Crystal Addey (2008) Review of K. Corrigan and J. Turner, Platonisms: Ancient, Modern and Postmodern, Leiden 2007. Book Reviews   [DOI] [Details]
(2007)Review of A. Busine, Paroles d'Apollon: Pratiques et traditions oraculaires dans l'Antiquité tardive (IIe - VIe siècles), Leiden 2005.
Addey, Crystal (2007) Review of A. Busine, Paroles d'Apollon: Pratiques et traditions oraculaires dans l'Antiquité tardive (IIe - VIe siècles), Leiden 2005. Book Reviews [Details]

Bibliography

 YearPublication
(2017)Sosipatra.
Addey, Crystal and Regina Fichera (2017) Sosipatra. Oxford-New York: Bibliography [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2017Honorary Research Fellow School of Classics, University of St Andrews

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
International Society for Neoplatonic Studies Member of the Board of Directors/
Women's Classical Committee UK Member/
Centre for Late Antique Studies, University of St Andrews Member/
Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture, Cardiff University Associate Member/
Foro di Studi Avanzati (Forum for Advanced Study of the Humanities) Research Fellow and Member of the Executive Committee/

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests include ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, religions (especially oracles and divination) and magic, ancient Mediterranean religious traditions, religions in late antiquity, the roles of women in ancient philosophy, gender and philosophy, approaches towards animals, the natural world and the environment in Graeco-Roman philosophy, religions and culture, the reception of Homer and Greek literature in late antiquity, the reception of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle in late antiquity, ancient literary theory and book-culture, especially the history of the book, the history of philosophy and the history of religions.

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