Modern Greek Studies Association

Professor Katerina Zacharia

Dept. of Classics & Archaeology

Loyola Marymount University | Los Angeles


Ph. D. in Classics 1997 University College London

M. A. Classics, University College London

B. A. Kapodistrian University of Athens

Principal Publications


Hellenisms: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity
Editor and contributor. Ashgate Variorum (Aldershot 2008).

Converging Truths: Euripides' Ion and the Athenian Quest for Self-Definition
Single-authored monograph, Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden 2003).

Creative Works:

“Blessings and Vows”, 2018. Producer, Director, Writer. Short documentary (15 mins) on the 11th-century Byzantine church of Hagioi Theodoroi and the place of the church in the memory and identity of the village of Vamvaka in Mani in southern Greece.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes:

“Nelly’s iconography”, in Philip Carabott, Yannis Hamilakis & Eleni Papargyriou (eds.), Camera Graeca: Photographs, Narratives, Materialities. Ashgate, Center for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, 2015: 233-256.

“Postcards from Metaxas’ Greece: The Uses of Classical Antiquity in tourism photography”, in Dimitris Tziovas (ed.), Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture. Oxford University Press 2014: 186-208.

Relevant Fellowships

Recipient of 2019 Teacher Eddy Award from the LAX Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. 

Recipient of 2018 LMU President’s Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award.

January-September 2018: Commissioned by Stanford University as Artistic Associate for the adaptation of Euripides’ Hecuba and Helen for performance by the Stanford Repertory Theater for their 20th anniversary in August 2018; and, as producing partner, casting director, artistic direction, Greek translation/supertitles for a performance of Hecuba/Εκάβη with English-speaking Greek actors at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation on 7-9 September, 2018.

Jan.-Oct. 2012: European Union, National Strategic Reference Framework 2007–2013, Improvement of Cultural Services in the Region of Attica/Operational Program of Attica–Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Hellenic Republic. Commissioned as the Project Coordinator, Creative Advisor, and Education Director for the first year of the program “Ancient Drama: Influences and Modern Approaches” 2012-2014. With Prof. Rush Rehm (Stanford Summer Theater), we put together with European Union funding and funding from Stanford University an extensive program of workshops, seminars and performances of an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, “The Wanderings of Odysseus”, at the Michael Cacoyannis Cultural Foundation in Athens.

Spring 2011: Foreign Research Fellowship, Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Athens, Greece. Project: "Postcards from Greece: The uses of antiquity in Tourist Brochures and popular Culture from 1929."

Fall 2010: Research Fellowship, Initiative of Heritage Conservancy, Athens, Greece. Project: "Postcards from Greece: The uses of antiquity in Tourist Brochures and popular Culture from 1929."

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Selected Works

Areas of Specialization

Classical antiquity in visual culture and cultural politics

Greek Drama

Greek Cinema

Greek tourism

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Representations of Greece: Ancient and Modern

Greek Cinema

Classical ‘Hellenism’, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity from Antiquity to the Present

Ancient World and Film

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