Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Associate Professor

Greek and Roman Art, Architecture, and Archaeology. Before coming to Columbia in 2008, Professor Mylonopoulos was Research Associate at the University of Heidelberg, Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna, Junior Professor at the University of Erfurt, and Fellow of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies. He works on Greek and Roman art and archaeology, in particular on iconographical and iconological aspects of depictions of the divine, terracotta figurines as votive objects, the architectural layout of sanctuaries, the archaeology of the Peloponnese, as well as sacred space and ritual praxis in Greece and Asia Minor in Hellenistic and Roman times. Professor Mylonopoulos participated in excavations in Greece (Zominthos, Eleutherna), Turkey (Aphrodisias), and Germany (Ladenburg/Lopodunum). His book, Πελοπόννησος οἰκητήριον Ποσειδῶνος. Heiligtümer und Kulte des Poseidon auf der Peloponnes, Kernos supplement 13, Liége 2003, which won the Margarete Häcker Award for the best dissertation in Classical Studies in German language in 2002, examines the archaeology and architectural development of Peloponnesian sacred sites dedicated to Poseidon (11th cent. BCE – 4th cent. CE). Selected monographic publications: (ed. with H. Roeder), Archäologie und Ritual. Auf der Suche nach der rituellen Handlung in den antiken Kulturen Ägyptens und Griechenlands (Vienna: Phoibos 2006); (ed.), Divine Images and Human Imaginations in Ancient Greece and Rome, Religions in the Graeco-Roman World (Leiden: Brill 2010).

In May 2011, Professor Mylonopoulos received the Faculty Mentorship Award by the Graduate Student Advisory Council.

In 2011/12, Professor Mylonopoulos was Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. There, he will finish his monograph The Visual Construction(s) of the Divine in Ancient Greece.

In the spring of 2013, Professor Mylonopoulos taught as a visiting professor at the Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne.

In the spring of 2014, Professor Mylonopoulos was honored with the Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award.

In the summer of 2014, Professor Mylonopoulos started Columbia University’s first excavation in Greece, at the sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos, the religious center of the Boeotian Confederacy.

In the spring of 2015, Professor Mylonopoulos will be the first to teach Art Humanities at Columbia University’s Global Center in Paris.

Ioannis Mylonopoulos’ webpage can be found here, his publications can be found here.