Fabienne Jourdan studied classics and philosophy at Université Jean-Moulin, Lyon and got the state examination in classics in 2001. In 2007 she received a Ph D in history of philosophy at Université Paris I-Sorbonne. Following this she has been a lecturer and head of research at CNRS (Laboratoire Antiquité Classique et Tardive, Paris IV-Sorbonne) since 2008. Besides that she passed through several fellowships at Friedrich-Wilhelm Universität Bonn, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität Göttingen, Lichtenberg-Kolleg Göttingen and Stifterhaus Linz. Her research interests are Orpheus and Orphism and their reception in Christianity, Clement of Alexandria, myth and allegory, Numenius, Plutarch, Middle Platonism, the question of the origin of evil in Middle Platonism and Dualism. Throughout her fellowship at Topoi she investigated the concept of evil in Plutarch`s and Numenius` work.