Modern Greek Studies Association

New York University


Year Program Established:1988

Approximate Number of Students Enrolled (per academic term): 100

Level of Program Offered (and when established):

undergraduate level elective courses (1988)

graduate level elective courses (1990)

minor concentration (1988)

B.A. (2000)

M.A. (2000)

Ph.D. (2000)


Professor Liana Theodoratou

Director, Hellenic Studies
Director, NYU in Athens

Program Contact: Vaia Trittas, Administrator

Full Time Faculty:

K. Fleming, Associate Professor, History and Hellenic Studies

Phillip Mitsis, A.S. Onassis Professor in Hellenic Culture and Civilization, Classics

Liana Theodoratou, Clinical Professor, Hellenic Studies

Associate Professor

Kostis Smyrlis, History and Hellenic Studies

Language Lecturers

Anna E Venetsanos

Affiliated Faculty

Joan Connelly, Classics and Art History

Stefanos Geroulanos, History

David Konstan, Classics

Yanni Kotsonis, History and Russian & Slavic Studies 

Barbara Kowalzig, Classics

Leslie Peirce, History


Sponsoring Departments/Administrative Entities:

Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies

Does the program offer financial support to students? Yes
Does the institution offer financial support to students? Yes

Program resources, achievements, and challenges

Recent initiatives in curriculum, collaborative projects, outreach, educational and research support.

The Program has a very rich cultural outreach program and a very successful summer Program in Athens. For more information, please visit our website.

The A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies
53 Washington Square South, Floor 3W
New York, NY 10012

(212) 998-3979

Fax: (212) 998-3985


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Courses Offered


Elementary Modern Greek (two terms)
Intermediate Modern Greek (two terms)
Advanced Modern Greek: Literature, Culture and Civilization (two terms)

Literature and Cultural Studies:

Mikis Theodorakis: Poetry, Music, Politics

Contemporary Greek Women's Voices
Helen of Troy and the Ghosts
Theo Angelopoulos: Poetry and Film
Directed Reading in Modern Greek Literature
Modern Greek Literature in Translation
Modern Greek Poetry
Studies in 20th Century Modern Greek Literature
Greek Drama: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides
Memory, History, and Language in Modern Greek Poetry
Narrative, History, and Fiction in the Modern Greek Novel
Greek Tragedy & Modern Greece
Seminar on Modern Greek Culture - “Tragedy & Gender”
Art and Refugees: The Case of Athens

Other Areas:

History of Byzantine Empire I 4th-9th centuries
History of Byzantine Empire II 9th-15th centuries
Imperial Cities: Rome, Constantinople, Istanbul
The Classical Tradition in the Middle Ages
Youth Culture and Politics in Mediterranean Europe: Greece, Yugoslavia, Spain, and Portugal
The Mediterranean in Historical Perspective
Modern Hellenism since 1821
The Mediterranean in World History
The Balkans since 1800: From Nationalism to Communism
Topics in Balkan History
Nationalism and Minorities in Europe
Modern Greek History
Mediterranean Europe in the 20th Century
Modern Greek Politics
Ancient Political Theory
History of Ancient Philosophy

NYU Summer in Athens

Greek Drama
Modern Greek History
The City of Athens
The Archaeology of Greece
A Land of Light and Shadows: Modern Greek Literature and Photography
Elementary and Intermediate Modern Greek

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