The CHS supports scholars and their research with a variety of configurations. All fellows receive an appointment for at least one academic year. Fellows receive varying levels of support and may reside at the Center for a term up to 17 weeks, depending on the scope and needs of their proposed projects. For more information about their research, see the CHS Research Bulletin.
CHS Fellows in Hellenic Studies 2016-17
Joachim Aufderheide is lecturer in Philosophy at King’s College London. He studied Philosophy, Greek, and Latin at the Universities of Göttingen and St Andrews. His research focuses mainly on ethics in ancient philosophy, with a particular interest in pleasure (the topic of his dissertation) and the role of the highest good. He is currently writing a book on Nicomachean Ethics X (for Cambridge UP) which combines his interest in the highest good and pleasure. He hopes to complete the book during his stay at the Center.
Nathan Badoud (PhD from the Universities of Neuchâtel and Bordeaux 3) is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Fribourg, where he directs a research project under the auspices of the Fonds National Suisse studying the economic integration of the the Aegean region into the Roman Empire (2nd-1st cent. BC). His principal publications deal with the history and archaeology of Rhodes, and with Greek amphora stamps. After an affiliation with the "Sapienza" University in Rome, he has been in turn a member of the French School at Athens, Senior Fellow of the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names in Oxford and Senior Fellow of the Institut für Alte Geschichte at the University of Vienna.
Chun Xiao Bai received his BA (2005) and PhD in Ancient History (2010) at Fudan University. Now he is a lecturer in ancient Greek history at the Department of History, Zhejiang University. He has also completed research at the Harvard Summer School in Greece (2008), the Department of Classics, King’s College London (2008-2009), the National Hellenic Research Foundation at Athens (2011-2012) and the Center for Hellenic Studies at Nafplion, Harvard University (2013-2014). He is the Onassis Scholar in Greece (2011-2012) and the distinguished young scholar of ZJU (2013). His research fields include Thucydides and the Classical Greek world. His first book, Sufferings and Greatness: the Human Condition in the View of Thucydides, was published by the Peking University Press (2015).
Jan-Mathieu (Mat) Carbon (DPhil Oxford) is from Canada and his research interests lie in the many intersections of Greek epigraphy and Greek religion. From 2012-2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Liège, working on the Collection of Greek Ritual Norms (CGRN), an online publication of inscribed ‘sacred laws’ from ancient Greece. He remains active in this ongoing project and a Collaborateur Scientifique of the Département des Sciences de l’Antiquité in Liège. From 2015-2016, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Copenhagen Associations Project (CAP), based in the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen. He is one of the editors of A Guide to Inscriptions in Milas and its Museum (2014). The fellowship at the CHS will be used to develop a monograph on written sources for Greek sacrificial butchery, including a translation of F. Puttkammer’s Quo modo Graeci victimarum carnes distribuerint (diss. Königsberg 1912).
Stylianos Chronopoulos (PhD University of Freiburg) is Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek Philology at the University of Freiburg. His research focus on comedy, ancient philological tradition, lexicography and digital humanities. In his monograph, Spott in Drama. Dramatische Funktionen der persönlichen Verspottung in Aristophanes’ "Wespen" und "Frieden" he studies the dramatic functions of personal ridicule in the aristophanic comedy and proposes the use of personal ridicule as an interpretation key for the Wasps and Peace. Currently he is studying Pollux’ onomasiological dictionary and preparing a digitization of the last print edition of this work in the framework of Open Greek and Latin Project. During his CHS fellowship he will work on that project focusing especially on the modeling of Pollux’ dictionary.
Ioannis Fappas studied History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he also received his Master and Doctoral Degrees as a holder of an official state scholarship given by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. He specializes in Aegean Prehistory and his main areas of interest are Mycenaean use of aromatic oils, residue analyses in aromatic oil vessels, Linear B script, Mycenaean religion, trade and contacts between Mycenaean Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean and history of archaeological research in Greece. During his doctoral studies he attended seminars on Mycenaean Linear B script at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, where he also conducted a research on the relevant epigraphic material of the Eastern Mediterranean. He also succeeded in receiving various awards and grants from the British School at Athens (Centenary Bursary Award), the Academy of Athens, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London (Michael Ventris Memorial Award). He worked on the preparation of the new exhibitions of the Archaeological Museums of Chaeronea and Thebes as well as for that of the Ethnographic Museum of Arachova in Boeotia. He has given lectures at international conferences and is engaged in several excavations and international research projects within Boeotia. Recently he has published a book on the Mycenaean and the Near Eastern aromatic oils (Well-scented, perfume oil: Perfumed oils and practices of use in Mycenaean Greece and the ancient Near East (14th-13th cent, BC), Chania 2010). He has also published extensively on various topics of his field.
Jason R. Harris received his PhD from the University of Southern California in December 2013 and was most recently Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at Tulane University from 2014-2016. He also has held fellowships from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the American Academy in Rome. As CHS/DAI Fellow he will spend the 2016-2017 academic year researching and writing his first monograph based on his USC dissertation (which was titled “The tyrant and the migrant: the bonds between Syracusan hegemony and mobility from Dionysius I to Agathocles”). This monograph, by focusing on the mobility of scholars (including Plato) and the creation of courts (e.g. at Syracuse under the Dionysii) and philosophical communities (e.g. the Academy and the Pythagoreans) across the Mediterranean, will analyze the ways in which this migration of intellectuals and their interaction with major political figures affected the sociopolitical landscape of the late Classical Greek world, acted as a catalyst for literary production, and reflected subsequent empire-building processes of the Hellenistic Period.
Greta Hawes is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the Australian National University. Her first book, Rationalizing myth in antiquity (OUP 2014), explored the Greeks’ attempts to make their myths resemble historical narratives. Her current interest in the spatial dynamics of myth is apparent in a forthcoming edited collection (Myths on the map: the storied landscapes of ancient Greece, OUP) and in her ongoing work on a monograph examining the interrelationships between land and storytelling in Pausanias’ Periegesis.
Athena Kirk (PhD UC Berkeley) is Assistant Professor of Classics at Cornell University. Her research concentrates broadly on Greek literature and epigraphy, with special focus on the intersections of literary and documentary cultures in Classical Athens and the functions of ancient written text. She has written articles on Herodotus, Homer, and Greek conceptions of inscriptions; at CHS, she will be working on her first monograph, The Tally of Text: Catalogues and Inventories Across Greek Literature and Epigraphy.
Virginia Lewis (PhD UC Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Florida State University. Her research focuses on Greek literature, with particular interests in archaic and classical Greek poetry, Pindar, tragedy, Greek Sicily, and theories of space and place. She has published on tragedy and has articles in progress on Pindar’s Sicilian odes. At the CHS, she will be completing a manuscript of her current book project, Myth, Locality, and Identity in Pindar’s Sicilian Odes, which examines the role played by local places, myths, and religious cults in epinician poetry for victors from Sicily and considers how these elements shape identity.
Naoíse Mac Sweeney (PhD University of Cambridge) is Assistant Professor in Ancient History at the University of Leicester, UK. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow at Cambridge and has also worked in public policy on conflict, development and race relations. Her main area of research is cultural interaction between the Greek world and the Near East, focusing on Anatolia from the Iron Age to the classical period. This work spans ancient history and archaeology: her first monograph, Community Identity and Archaeology (Michigan 2013), adopted an archaeological approach; while her second, Foundation Myths and Politics in Ancient Ionia (Cambridge 2015), was primarily historical. She has wider interests in the politics of heritage and historiography, and is in the final stages of writing two related books – one on the site of Troy, and the other in collaboration with Jan Haywood on receptions of the Iliad (both Bloomsbury). She was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Classics in 2015. At the CHS, she will primarily be researching archaic-classical Rough Cilicia, in relation to a survey project that she co-directs in the Göksu River valley.
Michiel Meeusen (PhD KU Leuven) specialises in ancient science, medicine and the literature and culture of the Greco-Roman Empire. Meeusen is the author of Plutarch’s Science of Natural Problems. A Study with Commentary on Quaestiones Naturales, published in the Plutarchea Hypomnemata series of Leuven University Press (2016). He also collaborated on the edition of Plutarch’s Quaestiones Naturales for the Collection des universités de France, Série grecque (Budé). As a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Meeusen published on the broader genre of natural-medical problem literature after the model of the Aristotelian Natural Problems (for recent publications, see his page on academia.edu). He is currently working, as a postdoctoral fellow of the British Academy, on a project about the reception of the Problems in the Greco-Roman Empire. His research at CHS also centres on this topic.
Maria Nasioula (PhD Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) is a Classical Archaeologist and, currently, a research collaborator of the Center for the Greek Language in Thessaloniki. As a field archaeologist, working for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture since 2000, she has taken part in excavations all over Macedonia (Dion, Vergina, Agios Athanasios-Macedonian Tomb, Thessaloniki, Kilkis-Polykastro, Philippoi-Ancient Theatre, Thasos-Limenaria), while she has engaged in several research projects. Her research interests expand on the archaeology, history and epigraphy of ancient Macedonia, with a particular emphasis on the relationship of Macedonians with γράμματα, including the role of the ancient scholarship and the libraries. While at CHS, she will pursue further research on grammatika vases, a group of Hellenistic relief vases with inscribed narrative scenes, focusing on the relationship between the inscriptions on these vases and the texts on surviving literary sources, in order to investigate the literary character of their decoration and the information it provides about Greek literature and its reception in the last two Hellenistic centuries. Her immediate plan and actual aim is to publish a monograph, as well as to establish an advanced digital database on the inscriptions of grammatika vases.
Nikolas Papadimitriou (PhD Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Birmingham, UK) is a Curator of Antiquities at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Greece. His research interests include state formation processes in the prehistoric Aegean, death rituals as symbolic forms of communication, the social uses of imagery in Aegean art, Mediterranean interconnections in the 2nd millennium BC, and prehistoric technology. He has taught courses on the Aegean Bronze Age at the Universities of Birmingham, Athens and the Aegean, and published a monograph, several edited volumes and numerous papers on archaeological and museological matters. Currently he is involved in the study of prehistoric material from Marathon and Argos, the technological examination of Cycladic marble figurines (3rd millennium BC), and the publication of the conference “Athens and Attica in prehistory” held in Athens in May 2015. In 2000 he received the Michael Ventris Award for Mycenaean Studies by the Institute of Classical Studies, London, and in 2011 he was a Stanley J. Seeger Research Fellow at the Center of Hellenic Studies, Princeton University. At the CHS, he will examine the cultural and political geography of Attica in the 2nd millennium BC, in view of old and recent finds and in juxtaposition to Classical traditions and myths.
Sebastian Scharff (PhD University of Münster) is a post-doctoral researcher, currently working at the University of Mannheim. His research focuses on the impact of Greek religion on international relations and on the cultural history of Greek agonistics. His first monograph is on Greek treaty-oaths (Eid und Außenpolitik. Studien zur religiösen Fundierung der Akzeptanz zwischenstaatlicher Vereinbarungen im vorrömischen Griechenland, Stuttgart 2016), and he has co-edited a volume on sport in the Hellenistic period, which is now in print. While at the CHS, he plans to finish his second book on the representation of Hellenistic athletes.
Joel Alden Schlosser grew up in Seattle, Washington and has pursued his education at Carleton College, University of California at Berkeley, and Duke University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bryn Mawr College. Trained as a political theorist, his research begins from questions about the nature and possibilities of democratic life and he has published widely on both ancient political theory as well as contemporary American literature. At CHS, he will be writing a book about Herodotus and political theory.
Zoe Stamatopoulou received her PhD in Classics from the University of Virginia (2008) and has research interests in archaic and classical Greek poetry, Greek and Roman didactic poetry, ancient biographical traditions, and Greek literature of the Imperial era. She is the author of Hesiod and Classical Greek Poetry: Reception and Transformation in the Fifth Century BCE (forthcoming in 2016, Cambridge University Press) and of several articles on Greek literature. 2016-17 will be her first academic year as an Associate Professor of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. During her fellowship at the CHS, she will be preparing a commentary on Plutarch's Symposium of the Seven Sages.