Modern Greek Studies Association

Prof. Gonda A. H. Van Steen

Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature

King’s College London, and Director, Centre for Hellenic Studies, KCL
Department of Classics


Ph.D., 1995 Princeton University (Department of Classics, Program in Hellenic Studies)

M.A., 1992 Princeton University (Classics and Hellenic Studies)

B.A., Ghent University, Belgium (Classical Philology)

Teaching Certificate, Ghent University (Classical Philology)

Principal Publications

Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece: Kid pro quo?  The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor 2019

Stage of Emergency: Theater and Public Performance under the Greek Military Dictatorship of 1967-1974. Classical Presences series (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). 376 pp.

Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Liberating Hellenism from the Ottoman Empire: Comte de Marcellus and the Last of the Classics (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010)

Venom in Verse: Aristophanes in Modern Greece. Princeton University Press, 2000

Guest editor JMGS 20, no. 2 (2002): "Greek Worlds, Ancient and Modern."

Articles on ancient, Byzantine, and modern Greek literature (especially drama), Greek feminism, and Greek numismatics.

Updated CV or list of publications available upon request to

Dept. of Classics
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

+44 20 7848 2517

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Areas of Specialization

Ancient Greek literature, especially drama
Early Byzantine and Modern Greek language and literature
Performance, reception, and gender studies
Cultural history of Greece since 1821
Language instruction and pedagogy
Study abroad programs in Greece

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Modern Greek Language (beginning through advanced)
Byzantine Greek: Readings in Byzantine Greek Literature
Critical Introductions to Greek Theater and Cinema
Modern Greek Interpretations of Ancient Drama
The Ancient City in the Modern Greek Artistic Imagination
America, Antiquity, and Modern Greece

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