Paola Corrente graduated in Classics with a thesis in History of Religions at the University of Salerno (2003), completed a Master's degree in Anthropology (2005; "Estudios Amerindios" programme) and a PhD in History of Religions (2012) at the Complutense University of Madrid. She conducted part of her doctoral research at the universities of Oxford (2009) and Harvard (2010-2011). From 2014 to 2021, she taught History of Religions at the Universidad del Pacífico of Lima (Peru) and since November 2021 she has been a researcher in History of Religions at the Dipsum.

She specialized in the study of comparative mythology, religion and literature of the Ancient Mediterranean world, particularly Greece and Mesopotamia. Her research focuses on cosmogonic myths, especially the political aspects of divine succession, and the figure of the 'dying gods', the god who dies and resurrects; she is also developing a line of research on economics and mythology. In 2021, her monograph, "Dioniso e gli dèi morenti. Storia della morte e resurrezione divina nelle antiche mitologie mediterranee" (Dionysus and the dying gods. A history of divine death and resurrection in Ancient Mediterranean mythologies), was published.

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