Nina Papathanasopoulou, a native Greek, studied classics in Athens and New York. She completed her Ph.D. in Greek Drama at Columbia University, where she served as chorus director and choreographer of Greek drama productions performed in ancient Greek. Her current research explores the treatment of space in three Aristophanic comedies along with the historical and political significance of the plays’ staging.
Together with Greek drama, Nina is also interested in classical mythology and its reception. For her next project she is hoping to explore interpretations of Greek myths through modern dance and Martha Graham’s choreography.
Nina teaches Latin, Greek, Ancient Drama (Tragedy and Comedy) and Classical Mythology courses.
In Fall 2015 she’ll be teaching Elementary Latin (LAT 101); an intermediate Greek class on Greek Oratory with selections of speeches by Lysias, Plato, and Sophocles (GRK 231); and a course on Greek Tragedy (CLA 204) which will study a selection of tragedies from a number of perspectives, including their influence on Western theater, and their importance for contemporary culture.
Nina was invited to speak about the Odyssey at the West Hartford public library on September 22, 2015, http://www.westhartfordnews.com/articles/2015/09/06/entertainment/doc55c26afcbb596348453813.txt and will introduce Sonia Plumb’s dance performance, The Odyssey: An Epic Dance Journey, at the Katharine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook on October 8, 2015.
Nina has given a number of presentations on Greek drama, as well as a talk on "Discussion Strategies in an Undergraduate Classroom," as part of a pedagogical colloquium at Columbia University in February 2014.
Nina also enjoys serving as the Classics Department's events coordinator, organizing Classics-related events on campus and in the surrounding area, such as lectures, talks, trips to ancient drama performances and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, movie screenings, trivia games, and Latin tables.
- “Visions of the Oikos in Aristophanes’ Wasps”, Connecticut College, November 2014
- “Aristophanes’ Lysistrata”, Columbia University, October 2014
- "The Importance of the Oikos in Aristophanes’ Acharnians", Yale University, May 2014
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