Nina Papathanasopoulou



Nina Papathanasopoulou, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
Joined Connecticut College: 2013

Education
B.A., National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; M.A., Ph.D. Columbia University

Specializations

  • Greek drama and performance
  • Classical mythology and its reception
  • Greek art and architecture
  • Greek and Latin poetry

Contact Nina Papathanasopoulou: epapatha@conncoll.edu

Nina Papathanasopoulou joined Connecticut College in 2013. A native Greek, she studied classics in Athens and then in New York. She completed her Ph.D. in Greek Drama at Columbia University, where she also served as the 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 has taught Latin, Greek and Classical Mythology, as well as Literature Humanities, a survey of landmark literary texts from Homer to the 20th century and Albert Camus.

At Connecticut College she teaches Elementary Latin and an intermediate Greek class on Xenophon’s Anabasis, the story of how 10,000 Greeks, finding themselves suddenly leaderless in Babylonia, were able to cross the mountains and deserts of the Persian Empire and make it home safely.

In Spring 2014 she will teach a course on Ancient Comedy, with readings from Aristophanes, Plautus and Terence. The course will investigate the nature and purpose of comedy and ask how comic form, language and staging convey meaning. Dramatic readings or acting of short scenes will be part of a final project for the course.

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