Dimitrios Yatromanolakis

Associate Professor of Classics

Gilman 104
410-516-7557
yatroman@jhu.edu

Biography
Teaching
Books

Dimitrios Yatromanolakis’s publications focus on both technical and more cross-disciplinary fields: Attic and non-Attic vase-painting and vase-inscriptions; Greek epigraphy and papyrology; the history of performance cultures (from the Homeric epics to performance genres of the Imperial period); sociocultural history of the archaic and classical periods; and historical and comparative anthropology. His research focuses also on music archaeology; Pre-Socratic and Platonic philosophy; and reception studies, intellectual history, and the European avant-garde.

Professor Yatromanolakis 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 current book-length projects include 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. A number of interviews have been broadcast (e.g., National Public Radio, USA) and articles have been published about his research and books (in, e.g., Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Gazette, and Odyssey).

Professor Yatromanolakis studied Classics and Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. 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. 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.