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Antony Makrinos


Teaching Fellow in Classics

Office hours: Term 2: Tuesdays 3-4 p.m. and Thursdays 11-12 p.m.


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 (Routledge ~ under negotiations)

• Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Homer: from Byzantium to the Enlightenment, (co-editor) Includes a chapter by myself on “Eustathius: Homeric commentator, critic and allegorist” (contracted Brill, 2017).

• Modern views of Greek Antiquity (co-editor) - (forthcoming Centre for Scientific Dialogue and Research, Cyprus)

• Codex Sinaiticus: New Perspectives on the Ancient Biblical Manuscript (assistant editor), British Library 2015

Recent Articles

• “Perceptions of Greece in the works of Roman authors” (in Europatria, ed. F. de Oliveira, Centre of Classical and Humanistic Studies of the University of Coimbra, Lisbon 2013)

• “Tragedy in Byzantium: Sophocles in Eustathius’ Commentary on the Odyssey” (in Dialogues with the Past, vol. I, (BICS Supplement 125), ed. by A. Bakogianni, London 2013)

• “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. J. Harrison, Oxford University Press: Oxford 2013).

• The Homer Encyclopedia (edited by Margalit Finkelberg) Includes three entries “Eustathius”, “Byzantine Reception”, “Homeric paraphrases” Blackwell, 2011

• “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


• R. J. Cunliffe, “A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect”, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 2014.

• S. Montiglio, “From Villain to Hero: Odysseus in Ancient Thought”, BMCR 2012

• 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

Minor publications and translations

• “Woe is me: Homeric tears in Euripides’ Trojan Women” for the programme of The Trojan Women, UCL Classical Drama Society.

• Painter of Hellenism: George Koumouros, My own Iliad (translation in English of an album based on the Iliad with the sketches and paintings of the Cypriot artist Giorgos Koumouros) ANAPLOUS 2013

• “The journey to Ithaca: Cavafy’s readings of the human soul”, Project European Symbols, EUROCLASSICA
Online edition:

• “Masters of War: Battle in Homeric Films”, IRIS 10, 24-7.

“Homer in cinema and television (for the UCL Magazine Sophia, June 2008)

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 (contribution on Homer 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.

Recent International and Named Lectures

  • August 2013 - Workshop“Classics and Europatria”, Euroclassica Annual Conference Lisbon, Portugal.
  • May 2013 - Lecture on “Teaching Latin: teaching experience as part of theatrical performance” for the Arts and Humanities Conference “Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching” at Brighton.
  • November 2012 - Invited lectures on “The Reception of Homer in Byzantium” and “Eustathius” for the Classics Day at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
  • September 2012 - Lecture on “Paraphrases and Homeric education in Byzantium: in search of Demosthenes Thrax” for the conference on “Educating the future generation: teaching, learning and antiquity” at UCL.
  • April 2012 - Invited lecture on “Introduction to Reception studies: the case of the Homeric epics” for the Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig Workshops 2011-12 on “Modern Views of Greek and Roman Antiquity” (organised by the Centre of Scientific Dialogue and Research) in Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • November 2011 - Lecture on “Star wars in Byzantium: Theomachies of physical elements psychological forces in Eustathius’ Commentaries” for the Conference on “Homeric Receptions in Literature and Performing Arts” at the Ionian University of Corfu, Department of History
  • Lecture on “Star wars in Byzantium: Theomachies of physical elements psychological forces inEustathius’ Commentaries” for the Conference on “Homeric Receptions in Literature and PerformingArts” at the Ionian University of Corfu, Department of History
  • April 2011 - Lecture on “Madness in Byzantium: Eustathius’ appropriation of mania” for the ClassicalAssociation Annual Conference at the University of Durham.
  • September 2012 - Lecture on “The deceitful songs of the Sirens and the wings of allegory:Religious polemics and cultural appropriations of Homer in Byzantium” for the International Conference on Classical and Byzantine Literature “Literary Crossroads” organised by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research into Languages and the Department of Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.
  • June 2010 - Lecture with the title “In search of ancient myths: documentaries and the quest for the Homeric world” for The Democratic Turn International Conference, at the Department of Classics, Open University
  • February 2010 - Invited lecture with the title “The Rise of Homeric scholarship” for the Dutch Classical Association (Nederlands Klassiek Verbond) in Bruges, Belgium.
  • February 2010 - Invited lecture with the title “Eustathius and Homer” for the Centre of Hellenic Studies in Ghent, Belgium.
  • February 2010 - Invited lecture with the title “One way of interpreting Homer: in search for Demosthenes Thrax” at the University of Leuven, Faculty of Arts (Greek Studies), Belgium.

Talks for Schools

  • Homer and popular media
  • Homer in Cinema
  • The World of Homer
  • 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:

Undergraduate courses:
Greek for Beginners, Intermediate Greek, Advanced Greek, Greek Language 2, Greek Texts 9: Plato Apology, Lucian, Homer, Greek Translation
Latin for Beginners, Intermediate Latin, Latin Texts 2/2A: Plautus
Approaches to the Ancient World
Homer in Translation, Classical Greek Literature, Greek Myth and Epic, Interpeting Greek Literature
Roman Epic, Roman Life and Thought, Interpeting Latin Literature

Postgraduate courses:
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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