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Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek Literature


Faculty of Philology (Department of Classics)
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
University Campus Zografou  
+30-210-7277613 (room 608)
157 84 Athens, Greece                    


Research Interests

  • Early Greek hexameter poetry, esp. Homeric epics, Hesiod, Homeric hymns
  • Later Greek literature, esp. Quintus of Smyrna, Nonnus; hexameter fragments on papyri
  • Education in the Graeco-Roman world


2005   D.Phil. (Classical languages & literature) St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, U.K.

          Thesis: Transformations of Epic: Reading Quintus of Smyrna, Posthomerica XIV

          Supervisors: Prof. P. J. Parsons, Prof. P. R. Hardie, Dr M. Whitby

2000 M.Phil. (Classics), Murray Edwards College (New Hall), University of Cambridge, U.K.

1999 M.A. (Classics), Murray Edwards College (New Hall), University of Cambridge, U.K.

Academic Positions

2019-     :Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

2012-2019: Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

2008-2011: College Lecturer & Director of Studies in Classics, Murray Edwards College (New  
                   Hall), University of Cambridge

2005-2008: British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

2004-2005: College Lecturer in Classics, Magdalen College / Trinity College (2005), University of
                   Oxford, and Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

                         Sessional Lecturer in Classics, Reading University

2003-2009: Associate Lecturer in Classical Studies, The Open University

Selected Publications

1. Aikaterini Carvounis (2007) ‘Final scenes in Quintus of Smyrna, Posthomerica 14’, in M. Baumbach / S. Bär (eds.), Quintus Smyrnaeus. Transforming Homer in Second Sophistic Epic (Berlin / New York: Millennium Studien, Walter de Gruyter), 241–57

2. Katerina Carvounis (2007), ‘Helen and Iliad 24.763–4’, Hyperboreus 13: 5–10

3.  Katerina Carvounis (2008), ‘Transforming the Homeric models: Quintus’ battle among the gods in the Posthomerica’, in K. Carvounis / R. Hunter (eds.), Signs of Life? Studies in Later Greek Poetry (Ramus 37.1–2), 60–78

4. Katerina Carvounis / Richard Hunter (2008), ‘Introduction’, in K. Carvounis / R. Hunter (eds.), Signs of Life? Studies in Later Greek Poetry (Ramus 37.1–2), 1–8

5. Katerina Carvounis / Richard Hunter (επιμ.) (2008), Signs of Life? Studies in Later Greek Poetry (Ramus 37.12)

6. W. B. Henry / A. N. Carvounis (2011), ‘5104. Mythological Hexameters’, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri 77: 54–9

7. Katerina Carvounis (2014), ‘Geographical landmarks and time in Quintus of Smyrna’, in M. Skempis / I. Ziogas (eds.), Geography, Topography, Landscape: Configurations of Space in Greek and Roman Epic (Berlin / Boston: Trends in Classics volume 22), 181–208

8. Katerina Carvounis (2014), ‘Peitho in Nonnus’ Dionysiaca: the case of Cadmus and Harmonia’, in K. Spanoudakis (eds.), Nonnus of Panopolis in Context: Poetry and Social Milieu in Late Antiquity  (Berlin / Boston: Trends in Classics volume 24), 21–38

9. Konstantinos Spanoudakis/ Katerina Carvounis / Nikos Litinas (2015), Ποίηση Ύστερης Αρχαιότητας. Ανθολόγιο [= Poetry in the Late Antiquity. A Selection] (Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλίων, https://repository.kallipos.gr/pdfviewer/web/viewer.html?file=/bitstream/11419/363/1/K_Spanoudakis_Poihsh%20Ysterhs%20Arxaiothtas.pdf)

10. Aikaterini Nina Carvounis (2017), ‘Ο θάνατος του Παλαμήδη και η εκδίκηση του Ναυπλίου στα Κύπρια ἔπη και στους Μεθ᾽ Ὅμηρον λόγους’ [= ‘The death of Palamedes and the revenge of Nauplius in the Cypria and in the Posthomerica’], in: A. Panagiotou Triantafyllopoulou / A. Georgiadou (eds.), Η Αρχαία Κυπριακή Γραμματεία ανά τους Αιώνες (Nicosia), 103–114

11. Katerina Carvounis (2017), ‘Dionysus, Ampelus, and mythological examples in Nonnus’ Dionysiaca’, in H. Bannert / N. Kröll (eds.), Nonnus of Panopolis in Context IIPoetry, Religion, and Society (Leiden), 33–51

12. Katerina Carvounis (2019), A Commentary on Quintus of Smyrna, Posthomerica 14. Oxford

13. Katerina Carvounis / Sophia Papaioannou, ‘Nonnus’ Dionysiaca and the Latin tradition: the episode of Ampelus’, in: F. Doroszewski / K. Jażdżewska (eds.), Nonnus of Panopolis in Context III: Old Questions and New Perspectives (Brill: forthcoming)