MemberBijon Sinha

…reas (i) interactions between the Mediterranean and the Near East as part of wider perspectives, subaltern groups, multicultural communities, identities, (ii) Mediterranean and Near Eastern history outside Eurocentric perspectives, (iii) the reassessment of extant scholarship on ancient Greece and ancient Egypt in line with developing contemporary historical, political and social thought ….

MemberMaria Papadopoulou

I was trained as a classical philologist and a linguist. I wrote my PhD on the ‘Semantics of Colour Terms in Hellenistic Poetry’ (University of Athens, Greece 2011). My research is interdisciplinary and draws on a wide range of sources and methodologies. I have published over 30 academic papers in well-acclaimed international volumes and have managed several research projects in Greek Dialectology at the Academy of Athens, Greece and at the Greek Ministry of Education, where I was tenured 2001, after succeeding in rigorous nation-wide examinations. In 2014 I earned a two-year Marie Curie Fellowship entitled ‘Chlamys. The cultural biography of a garment in Hellenistic Egypt’ (Grant agreement no. 657898). This prestigious grant resulted in a two-year fellowship at the University of Copenhagen (May 2015 – April 2017) Project website: Since January 2017 I have been a member of Equipe Condillac-Listic at the University of Savoie Mont Blanc, an international research group interested in different aspects of ontology and multilingual terminology ( As a member of this team in charge of initiatives linked to Digital Humanities, my research activities aim at promoting the interdisciplinary dialogue between different research communities, namely those working in Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, Semantic Web technologies and Ontology, with Humanists, especially those working in Classics broadly defined, i.e., covering all possible expressions of the cultures and cultural heritage of Ancient Greece and Rome, both tangible and intangible: movable and immovable objects, texts, and practices.

MemberIan Kerr

 Greetings, my name is Ian Kerr and I am a history major with third year standing, and I am currently in the process of earning my BA Honors degree. I’ve always been extremely interested in Ancient history and ancient societies such as Ancient Greece, Rome and Ancient Egypt to name a few. However, one of my main passions ever since I was a little kid was my fascination with the middle Ages, particularly the culture and the imagery associated with the era Knights, Kings, Queens, Bishops and so forth, and as such I’ve always wanted to learn more about the era in general. I chose this course because it seems like one of the best opportunities I will ever get to learn about this culture and actually interact with pieces of mediaeval history first hand, as well as being able to analyze and discuss them, so I am very excited to be taking this course. Some random things about me are that I have a Siamese cat named Benkei (named after the Japanese warrior monk folk hero, who according to legend held a bridge against 20-40 enemy soldiers in one of the most memorable epic last stands in history. Another random thing is that I really enjoy video games, particularly any strategy or fantasy games, such as World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2 or the total war strategy game series. Overall, I am really looking forward to taking this course throughout the year, meeting all of you, and of course learning some really neat stuff about the middle ages.

MemberMichael Anthony Fowler

Michael Anthony Fowler is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Fowler specializes in the art and material culture of ancient Greece and the Near East. His dissertation, “Human Sacrifice in Greek Antiquity: Between Myth, Image, and Reality,” offers an archaeologically and art historically grounded inquiry into the historicity, forms, and meanings of human sacrifice. The project combines several of Fowler’s research interests, particularly the iconography and archaeology of ritual and violence in the artistic imagination. Fowler most recently held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History (2018-2019) at ETSU. He has also taught as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Tübingen’s Institute for Classical Archaeology (2014) and as Art Humanities Instructor at Columbia (2013-2014; 2016-2017), where he earned the Preceptor Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Core Curriculum in 2014. Since 2015, Fowler has been an active member of the team excavating the sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos (Boeotia, Greece), and for the past four years has served on the excavation’s senior staff as Supervisor of Site B (the administrative center). In summer 2018 he joined the excavation and scientific team working at the sanctuary of Apollo on the Cycladic islet of Despotiko. Fowler is also co-author of the annual Chronique Archéologique de la Religion Grecque (Kernos), for which he is responsible for Central Greece. Fowler was educated at Columbia University (Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A.), Tufts University (M.A.), Harvard University (M.T.S.), and The Colorado College (B.A.). His research has been generously supported by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Foreigners’ Fellowship, the Teach@Tübingen program, an Alliance Doctoral Mobility grant, the Riggio Fellowships in Art History, and a C.V. Starr writing grant.

MemberAnnelies Cazemier

I am an ancient historian with a particular interest in the Greek world, Hellenistic history, and religion, as well as Greek history during the Roman period. Teaching in a History department at Southampton, I am also increasingly fascinated by the reception of the Greek world in later periods of history. My forthcoming book on Greek Sanctuaries and the Rise of Rome explores the spread of Roman power as seen from religious sites in Greece, the Aegean, and Asia Minor (from the third until the early first century BCE). It brings out the key role of cults and sanctuaries in early exchanges between Greeks, Romans, and Hellenistic rulers – in war, diplomacy, and trade. As part of my work for the Copenhagen Associations Project, I undertook research on ancient Greek associations, carrying out surveys and detailed studies of epigraphic evidence (esp. from the Aegean), and analysing religious aspects, foreign involvement, and relations with Rome. My ongoing research interests include the local histories and wider connections of islands in the Aegean from the fifth century BCE, through the Hellenistic age, into the Roman Imperial period; Greek sanctuaries and their networks; and travel and mobility in the ancient world.

MemberJorrit Kelder

My academic background is in Classical Archaeology, with a special interest in the Eastern Mediterranean. My research has focused on aspects such as (ruler) iconography, interactions between various cultures and regions, long-distance trade and exchange, and the integration of textual and archaeological evidence . My PhD focused on the composition of the Mycenaean state, comparing Greece with known political entities in the Late Bronze Age Orient. I have worked for a number of fieldwork projects (in Egypt, Syria, Greece and Romania), served as a consultant for various exhibitions, and I am the author of a number of articles and monographs on the ancient world.

MemberIoannis Georganas

…Stein, S. (ed.), The Sea in World History: Exploration, Travel, and Trade. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara.

2016 “Antiochus I Soter”, “Antiochus IV Epiphanes”, “Hero of Alexandria”, “Prusias II of Bithynia”, “Ptolemy I Soter”. Phang, S. E. et al (eds), Conflict in Ancient Greece and Rome: The Definitive Political, Social, and Military Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara: 104, 106, 300-301, 461, 462-463.

2016 “Metropolis in Thessaly”. Bagnall, R. S. et al. (eds), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell (Online Edition)…

Ioannis Georganas is Academic Director and Lecturer at Hellenic International Studies in the Arts. He holds an MA (1998) and a PhD (2003) in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham, and has worked for the British School at Athens, the Foundation of the Hellenic World, Lake Forest College, and the University of St Andrews. His research interests include the study of Early Iron Age burial customs and the construction of identities in Greece, as well as weapons and warfare in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Aegean. Ioannis has participated in excavations and field surveys in Greece (Kouphovouno, Lefkandi, Kastro-Kallithea, Praisos, Kenchreai) and Bulgaria (Halka Bunar). He served as President of the Athens-Greece Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (2005-2017) and he’s been Secretary of the Society of Ancient Military Historians (2013-present).