Lecturer in Classics
Office hours: Term 2: Tuesday 2.00-3.00 & Thursday 10.00-11.00
Research interests: Homer, scholarship in Byzantium (esp. reception of the Homeric text with emphasis on allegorical interpretation), modern reception of Homer
I was born and educated in Chios (Greece). I took an undergraduate degree in Classics at the Philosophy School, University of Athens where I wrote a dissertation on the "Professions in Homer". I then moved to University College London with a private scholarship in 1998-9 in order to take a one-year MA in Classics at the department of Greek and Latin. I had the opportunity to follow classes on Homer, Thucydides and Greek Lyric Poetry and to produce a dissertation on "Koraes and Homer" under the supervision of Prof. R. Janko. In 2000, I was offered a scholarship for a Phd in Classics on "Eustathius' Commentary on Homer's Odyssey (ch. 1379-97)" under the supervision of Prof. R. Janko and Prof. C. Carey.
• Eustathius’ Commentary on the Odyssey – book 1 (forthcoming ~ Brill)
• Homer’s Legacy: Appropriations and reception of the Homeric epics from antiquity to modernity (forthcoming BICS)
• “Tragedy in Byzantium: Sophocles in Eustathius’ Commentary on the Odyssey” (in “Dialogues with the Past” vol. 1, Institute of Classical Studies, ed. by A. Bakogianni and M. Edwards, submitted, forthcoming 2012)
• “The songs of the Sirens: teaching Homeric beauty under the Aegean sun” (in “The Homeric Anthology”, ed. by K. Holdwein, submitted, forthcoming 2012)
• “The deceitful songs of the Sirens and the wings of allegory: religious polemics and cultural appropriations of Homer in Byzantium”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Classical and Byzantine Literature Literary Crossroads 19-22 September 2010, Graeco-Latina Brunensia 17/1, Brno Czech Republic (January 2012)
• “In search of ancient myths: documentaries and the quest for the Homeric world” (in “Classics in the Modern World – a Democratic Turn?”, ed. by L. Hardwick and S. Harrison, submitted forthcoming 2012)
• “Homer in cinema and television (for the UCL Magazine Sophia, June 2008)
• “Eustathius’ archbishop of Thessalonica Commentary on the Odyssey: Codex Marcianus 460 and Parisinus 2702 revisited” Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, vol. 50, (2007) pp. 171-192
• “Bringing Homer in Byzantium: Allegorical interpretation of the Odyssey in Eustathius’ Commentary on the Odyssey”, Proceedings of the 10th Homeric Academy International Conference on “Homer’s World” organized by EUROCLASSICA in Chios, Greece (14-23 July 2006)
• S. Montiglio, From villain to hero: Odysseus in ancient thought, Michigan 2011, BMCR (forthcoming)
• G. D. Bird, Multitextuality in the Homeric Iliad, The Witness of the Ptolemaic Papyri, (Hellenic Studies 43), The Classical Review 62 (2012) no 1, 8-10.
• K. A. Raaflaub - H. Van Wees, "A Companion to Archaic Greece", The Classical Review - Aug. 2010
• M. Mueller, "The Iliad" Second edition, The Classical Review 60 (2010) no 2, 604.
• M.M.Winkler, "Troy: from Homer’s Iliad to Hollywood epic", Scholia 16 (2007) 47.
Entries “Eustathius”, “Byzantine Reception”, “Homeric paraphrases” for The Homeric Encyclopaedia (ed. Margalit Finkelberg, Blackwell autumn 2010)
Radio & Film
• "Katherine of Alexandria" 2011, Carol Winifred Film Studios - Spiked Wheel films, inspired by the recent discovery of the 4th c. diary of St. Katherine (academic advice & translation)
• "Byzantium Unearthed", BBC Radio 4, presented by Bettany Hughes (contribuition on Hoemr and Eustathius)
Projects in progress
Eustathius project: The aim of this project is to accomplish a collation of the existing manuscripts of Eustathius' Commentary on the Odyssey for the whole of Book 1 and to provide a full, publishable edition of this text with an apparatus criticus, fontes and testimonia and expanded explanatory notes accompanied by a translation; this would be the first English translation of Eustathius' Commentary on the Odyssey Book 1.
Recent Lectures and Conferences
- Departmental lunchtime seminar: "Eustathius' archbishop of Thessalonica Commentary on the Odyssey: Codex Marcianus 460 and Parisinus 2702 revisited" (24 January 2006)
- Coordination of the "Homer Day" organized by the Wellington College (Crowthorne, Berkshire).
- Coordination of the "Homer Day" organized by the Camden School for girls.
- Colloquium of the Reception Studies Training Series (22 March 2006) "Modern reception of Homer: the deviations from the Homeric mythography"
- One-day seminar at the Department of Greek and Latin, UCL (21 April 2006) Provisional title of the paper: "Visualizing the Homeric gods"
- Classical Association Conference in Newcastle (6-9 April 2006) "Bringing Homer to Byzantium: Eustathius' archbishop of Thessalonica Commentary on the Odyssey"
- One-day seminar at the Department of Greek and Latin (UCL) (21 April 2006): Appropriations of antiquity: “Seen and unseen: Homeric gods in cinema”
- Homeric Academy International Conference on “Homer’s World” organized by EUROCLASSICA in Chios, Greece (14-23 July 2006): “The allegorical meaning of the Odyssey in Eustathius’ Commentary”.
- The Godolphin and Latymer Ancient Greek Breakfast Club (10 November 2006): “Homer in Popular Media”
- Coordination and organization of the Reception Studies Graduate Workshop: The Reception of Antiquity (14 February 2007)
- Classical Association and Historical Association joint lecture on “Homeric Films and War” Graduate School, University of Hull (15 February 2007)
- Coordination and organization of the one-day conference on “Receptions of Homer” held in the Department of Greek and Latin (UCL) (27 April 2007): “Canonising Homer: the classical outlines of John Flaxman”
- Coordination and organization of the 1st Reception Studies Summer School (18-22 June 2007): Workshop on The Reception of Homer
- 10th Homeric Academy International Conference organized by EUROCLASSICA in Chios, Greece (both teaching and lecturing) (July 2007): 1. “Homer and cinema” 2. “Novelisations of Homer”
Talks for Schools
- The World of Homer (Lecture for the "Ancient Greek day" organized in the Greek Supplementary Schools of Finchley and Manor Hill)
- The Gods in the Iiad and the Odyssey
- Modern reception of Homer
- Homeric archaeology
- Women in the Homeric epics
- The Homeric epic as a genre
for some innovative teaching ideas have a look here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/classics/students/undergraduate/Amphitruo
Greek for Beginners, Intermediate Greek, Advanced Greek, Latin for Beginners, Homer, Homer in Translation, Greek Translation, Interpreting Greek Literature, Roman Life and Thought.
Classical Past in Modern Greece, Homer’s Legacy
Collecting material on the ancient Greek and Byzantine world (I am specifically interested in collecting different editions of the Homeric text together with any kind of Ancient Byzantine or Modern Greek material associated with Homeric scholarship. My collection up to now includes several ancient editions and books, scientific and newspaper articles, magazines, bibliographies, maps, Audio tapes, CD-ROMs, Audio-books, Videos and DVDs) Ancient Greek numismatics
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