Dimitrios Yatromanolakis

Associate Professor of Classics

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Dimitrios Yatromanolakis’s publications focus on both technical and more cross-disciplinary fields: Greek epigraphy and papyrology, archaic and classical Greek performance cultures and sociocultural history, Attic vase-painting and vase-inscriptions, and historical and comparative anthropology. His research focuses also on music archaeology, Pre-Socratic and Platonic philosophy, intellectual history, and the European avant-garde.

Professor Yatromanolakis is the author of the books Greek Mythologies: Antiquity and Surrealism (2012), Sappho in the Making: The Early Reception (2007), and Towards a Ritual Poetics (2003, co-author with Professor Panagiotis Roilos; Greek edition of the book, trans. by Emmanuel Skouras and with a preface by Marcel Detienne, 2005; Italian and French editions forthcoming). He is also the author of the book Fragments of Sappho: A Commentary (forthcoming), a large-scale commentary based on a detailed examination of the original papyri and parchments. His major publications include the books Music and Cultural Politics in Greek and Chinese Societies. Vol. 1: Greek Antiquity (editor, 2011), An Archaeology of Representations: Ancient Greek Vase-Painting and Contemporary Methodologies (editor, 2009), and Greek Ritual Poetics (co-editor, 2005). He has co-revised Margaret Alexiou’s influential book The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition (2002; English and Greek editions). He has been a Research Associate of Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies and one of the Editors of the Center's electronic database Homer and the Papyri. His articles include: “Symposia, Noses, Prosôpa: A Kylix in the Company of Banqueters on the Ground” in An Archaeology of Representations (see above, 2009); the chapter “Ancient Greek Popular Song” in the Cambridge Companion to Greek Lyric (ed. F. Budelmann, 2009); “Greek Symposion” in Oxford Bibliographies Online (2015); and numerous other earlier and more recent articles. His current book-length projects are a study of performance cultures in the archaic, classical, and Hellenistic periods (with special emphasis on the institution of symposia), and a monograph on the sociocultural history of the institution of mousikoi agones (poetic and musical competitions) against the background of religious festivals in archaic, classical, and Hellenistic Greece.

Professor Yatromanolakis studied Classics and Classical Archaeology at the University of Athens (BA) and at the University of Oxford (MSt and DPhil). In Oxford he specialized in Greek Papyrology, studying with Professor Peter J. Parsons. He continued his cross-disciplinary research at Harvard University, where he held a three-year appointment as Junior Fellow at The Society of Fellows. He has been awarded numerous research fellowships and grants, including the William F. Milton Award, Harvard University, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, the Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin, and a Forschungsstipendium für erfahrene Wissenschaftler from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany). More recently, he lectured widely as an invited Senior Scholar of the University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, USA. At Johns Hopkins, he holds secondary appointments at the Department of Anthropology and the Humanities Center. He has taught as visiting professor at the Department of the Classics, Harvard University (2008-2009). He has co-founded and co-chairs the Research Seminar “Cultural Politics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

Professor Yatromanolakis teaches courses on ancient Greek literature and philosophy, Greek papyrology, epigraphy, ancient transmission of texts, and textual criticism; ancient Greek religion and ritual; oral poetry; reception studies; comparative poetics; and historical and comparative anthropology. He has conducted fieldwork on oral traditional poetry, song-making, and ritual in Southern Italy, Lesbos, and Crete.