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Zinon Papakonstantinou, PhD

Associate Professor

Classics and Mediterranean Studies


Building & Room:

1808 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone Voice:

(312) 355-1325


Areas of Research and Publication:

Ancient Greek social and cultural history; Greek epigraphy; Greek literature; Classical Reception

Courses recently taught:

  • The Ancient World: Greece (HIST/CL 202)
  • The Ancient World: Rome (HIST/CL 203)
  • Athenian Democracy and Society in the Age of Aristophanes (CL/HIST 408)
  • Sport in the Ancient World (HIST/CL 209)
  • Mediterranean Traditions: Family, Society and the Divine (CL 104)
  • Greek Civilization (CL 100)

Selected Publications


  • Lawmaking and Adjudication in Archaic Greece, Duckworth: London, 2008.
  • Sport in the Cultures of the Ancient World. New Perspectives (editor), Routledge: London, 2010.
  • Sport, Bodily Culture and Classical Antiquity in Modern Greece (co-edited with Eleni Fournaraki), Routledge: London 2011.
  • Sport and Identity in Ancient Greece, London: Routdledge, in preparation.

Recent Articles and Chapters (since 2015; for a complete list see CV link above) 

  • “Greek Sport: Conflict and Accommodation” forthcoming in Paul Christesen and Charles Stocking (eds), A Cultural History of Sport in Antiquity, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
  • “Athletics, Memory and Community in Hellenistic and Roman Messene” forthcoming in Bulletin of the Institute for Classical Studies (2018).
  • Magic in Ancient Athens: A Complete Translation of Attic Curse Tablets” (co-authored with Ted Gellar-Goad and Werner Rieß), forthcoming in W. Rieß (ed.), Colloquia Attica I-III. Neue Forschungen zum antiken Athen, Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 2018.
  • “Athletics, Elites and the State in Late Archaic Athens” forthcoming in W. W. Rieß (ed.), Colloquia Attica I-III. Neue Forschungen zum antiken Athen, Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 2017.
  • “Jurors (dikastai) in Athenian Legal Binding Curses” forthcoming in W. Rieß (ed.), Colloquia Attica I-III. Neue Forschungen zum antiken Athen, Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 2018.
  • “Six Legal Curse Tablets from Athens” (with J. Curbera) forthcoming in W. Rieß (ed.), Colloquia Attica I-III. Neue Forschungen zum antiken Athen, Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 2018.
  • “Work and Leisure in the Ancient World” forthcoming in E. Lytle (ed.) A Cultural History of Work in Antiquity, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
  • “Disputes, Magic and the Athenian Navy”, forthcoming in B. Biscotti (ed.) Studi in onore Alberto Maffi, Turin, 2018.
  • “Agonistic Festivals of Ancient Messene” forthcoming in S. Scharff (ed.), In the Shadow of the ‘Big Four’. Studies in Local Athletic Contests in Ancient Greece, 2018.
  • ”Law, Litigation and Sport in Ancient Greece” forthcoming in A. Futrell and T. Scanlon (eds), Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • “Binding Curses, Agency and the Athenian Democracy” in I. Xydopoulos, E. Tounta and K. Vlassopoulos (eds), Violence and Community: Law, Space and Identity in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean World, London: Routledge, 2017, 142-158.
  • “The Hellenistic agonothesia. Finances, Ideology, Identities” in C. Mann, S. Remijsen and S. Scharff (eds) Athletics in the Hellenistic World, Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 2016, 95-112.
  • “Match Fixing and Victory in Greek Sport” Rheinisches Museum 159.1 (2016), 13-27.
  • “Ancient Sport Annual Bibliography: 2014 and 2015” (with Sofie Remijsen), forthcoming in Nikephoros 28 (2015).
  • “Spectator-Athlete Interaction in Ancient Greek Athletics” in B. Takmer, E. Akdoğu Arca and N. Gökalp Özdil (eds), Vir doctus anatolicus. Studies in Memory of Sencer ŞahinIstanbul:  Kabalci Yayınevi, 2015, 797-805.

Notable Honors

Summers 2013, 2014, 2015 and Spring 2016, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers hosted by the University of Hamburg, Department of History. Project: Cursing for Justice. Magic and the Lawcourts in Classical Athens., Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


BA, Crete
MA, Cincinnati
MPhil, Cambridge
PhD, Washington