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BA Program in the Archaeology, History, and Literature of Ancient Greece


Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Literature

Nikoletta Kanavou studied Classics at the Universities of Athens (BA 1999) and Oxford (MSt 2001, DPhil 2005). As a student, she received scholarships from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) and from the Foundations A.G. Leventis and Lilian Voudouri. Before moving to the University of Athens, she held a postgraduate scholarship from the Foundation for Education and European Culture (IPEP), an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, and a fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the University of Heidelberg. She has taught ancient Greek language and literature at the Universities of Oxford, Cyprus, Crete, Heidelberg, and at the Cypriot and Hellenic Open Universities. She has also worked as research assistant on the Oxford-based project ‘A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names’. She currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Athens (Department of Classics) and supervises doctoral students on a variety of subjects. She has published three monographs, two co-authored books and ca 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes on topics related to her research interests (see Select publications and further ). She has presented papers at numerous conferences in Greece and abroad.

Research Interests:

Fictitious prose narratives, archaic Greek poetry, comedy, literary theory, papyrology, epigraphy, onomastics.

Select publications:

  • Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana and its Literary Context, München (C.H. Beck) 2018
  • The Names of Homeric Heroes: Problems and Interpretations, Berlin (Walter de Gruyter) 2015
  • Aristophanes’ Comedy of Names: A Study of Speaking Names in Aristophanes, Berlin (Walter de Gruyter) 2011. ‘Iamblichos’ Babyloniaka, the Greek Novel and Satire’, Ancient Narrative 15 (2018) 109-131)
  • Νόστος μελιηδύς: επιλογές από την Οδύσσεια του Ομήρου. Εισαγωγή – κείμενο – μετάφραση – σχόλια (με τους Α. Κορολή, Ε. Μακρυγιάννη και Α. Παπαθωμά). Αθήνα (Scriptio Continua) 2021.
  • Θεσπεσίη ἀοιδή: επιλογές από την Ιλιάδα του Ομήρου. Εισαγωγή – κείμενο – μετάφραση – σχόλια (με τους Ε. Μακρυγιάννη, Σ. Ματθαίο και Α. Παπαθωμά). Αθήνα (Σίλλυβος) 2020.
  • ‘Some Thoughts on the Eusyene Fragment (P.Oxy. LXXXIII 5356)’, Proceedings of the 29th International Congress of Papyrology, Lecce 28 July-3 August 2019, I-II, 608-616. Εds Capasso, M., Davoli, P., Pellé, N., Lecce 2022.
  • ‘Legal Narratives from a Late Antique Codex and the Ancient Novel Tradition’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik214 (2020) 80-86
  • ‘A Declamation on a Sopatrian Model: P. Hamb. II 134 Reconsidered’ (with Papathomas, A.), Symbolae Osloenses94.1 (2020) 157-168
  • ‘New Remarks on the Panionis (P.Oxy. LXXI 4811)’, Archiv für Papyrusforschung 64/1 (2018) 13-31
  • ‘The Vocabulary of Chaste Love in the Ninus Fragments’, Classical Philology 111.3 (2016) 276-282