Nina Papathanasopoulou, a native Greek, studied classics in Athens and New York. She completed her Ph.D. in Greek Drama at Columbia University in 2013, where she served as chorus director and choreographer of Greek drama productions performed in ancient Greek.
Her dissertation was titled “Space in Aristophanes: Portraying the Civic and Domestic Worlds Onstage in Acharnians, Knights, and Wasps." Her research explores the treatment of space in Aristophanes’ 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.
A strong believer in pedagogy and effective teaching strategies, Nina has participated in pedagogy colloquiums both at Columbia University and Connecticut College. At Connecticut College, Nina has taught courses on Ancient Drama (Tragedy and Comedy), Classical Mythology, and Ancient Greek Beliefs on Death, as well as Latin and Greek language courses at all levels.
Nina has given scholarly talks on Greek drama, as well as public presentations on ancient comedy and mythology, including presentations at public libraries and pre-performance talks in local theaters.
Nina enjoys organizing Classics-related events on campus and in the surrounding area, such as lectures, talks, trips to ancient drama performances, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, to the Metropolitan Opera (to see Chereau’s Elektra) and the New York City Center (to see Martha Graham’s myth-inspired choreographies), movie screenings, trivia games and Latin tables.
Connecticut College student blogs about some of these trips:
- Elementary Greek II (GRK 102) - the second semester of a year long Elementary Ancient Greek course
- Ancient Comedy (CLA/THE 222) with readings from Greek and Roman comic poets
- Latin Epic Poetry (LAT 328) - an exploration of the epic genre with readings from Lucretius' De Rerum Natura and Ovid's
- Elementary Latin (LAT 101-102): Fall 2013-Spring 2016
- Roman Comedy and Tragedy (LAT 223/323): Spring 2015
- Botanical Latin (BOT 299) - a one-credit Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (FLAC) section designed specifically for Botany students. Fall 2016
- Elementary Greek (GRK 101): Fall 2016
- Greek Drama (selections from Euripides’ Medea and Sophocles’ Philoctetes (GRK 225/325): Fall 2016
- Greek Oratory (GRK 231): Fall 2015
- Plato and Attic Prose (GRK 211/311): Fall 2014
- Xenophon and Attic Prose (GRK 312): Fall 2013
- Facing Death in Ancient Greece (CLA 215) - an exploration of ancient Greek beliefs, attitudes, and rituals regarding death. Fall 2016
- Classical Mythology (CLA 104): Fall 2014 and Spring 2016
- Greek Tragedy (CLA 204): Fall 2015
- Ancient Comedy (CLA 222): Spring 2014
- "Strong Household, Strong City: Exploring Space in Aristophanes’ Acharnians, Classical Association of Connecticut Annual Meeting, Hartford, Connecticut, October 2016
- “Visions of the Oikos in Aristophanes’ Wasps, ”International Conference on “Aristophanes and Politics”, Columbia University, September/October 2016
- “Diving Deep into the Odyssey,” West Hartford Public Library, September 2015
- “Aristophanes’ Lysistrata,” Columbia University, October 2014
- "The Importance of the Oikos in Aristophanes’ Acharnians," Yale University, May 2014
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