Modern Greek Studies Association

Dr. Polyvia Parara

Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Maryland

Department of Classics


PhD (2006) University of Paris X-Nanterre, France, History and Archeology of the Ancient Worlds.

MA (2000) University of Paris X-Nanterre, France, Cultures of Classical Antiquity

1990: BA from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Philosophy

Principal Publications


La dimension politique des tragédies d’Eschyle, ADRA-Nancy, De Boccard, Paris, 2010 (ISBN-13: 978-2-913667-26-0).


Nikos Birgalias’s “From the Social to the Political Majority. Isonomia  and Political Changes in the Ancient World 550-479 BC,” Athens, Patakis, 2008, Revue des Etudes Anciennes, tome 113, 2011, no 1, p.226-228.

Rolf Hesse’s “Syntax of the Modern Greek Verbal System,” Geolinguistics 30 (2004): 225-229.

Current Research

Advancing her research project on the newly discovered volume Classical Bouquet, Professor Polyvia Parara has recently had two papers accepted for the following refereed international conferences:

1. International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities, "Heritage in Transition," in Ermoupolis, Greece, 27-29 July 2016. The title of the paper is "Classical Bouquet: Cities and cultural landscapes from past to present."

2. 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies, in Herakleion, Greece, 21-25 September 2016.
The title of the paper is "The Journey of Elisavet Contaxaki’s Classical Bouquet from Crete to Washington D.C.: the historical and political context."

University of Maryland
Department of Classics
1210K Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742

301 405 9987

Fax: 301 314 9987

Personal website

Department website

Areas of Specialization

Greek Tragedy and Politics

Greek Political Thought

Modern Greek Language

Courses Taught in Modern Greek Studies

Elementary Modern Greek
Intermediate Modern Greek
Advanced Modern Greek
Modern Greek Readings and Conversations

Also :
Learning Modern Greek from Ancient Greek
Intensive First Level Modern Greek
Intensive Second Level Modern Greek
Modern Greek History
Modern Greek History through Literature

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