Currently director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and attached to the Centre of “Anthropology and history of the ancient world” (ANHIMA, 2 Rue Vivienne, F-75002 Paris), Claude Calame has long been a professor of language and Greek literature at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lausanne where he chaired the Interfaculty Department of History and Religious Studies. After teaching at the University of Urbino in Italy and then in Lausanne school, after a brief fieldwork in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, he also taught in the United States, at the University of Yale, as well as in the Graduate School in humanities from the University of Siena.