Maria primarily works on Greek art and architecture in the Archaic and early Classical periods; her dissertation research will focus on inscriptions on vases, and in particular, the earliest instances of interplay between text and image.
Maria’s research interests also include Greek colonization, sacred space, and the development of theater. Indeed, classical literature plays a key role in Maria’s research. She is currently studying the spread of theater from Athens to Magna Graecia, Macedon, and Asia Minor. She is also fascinated by the modern reception of classical drama. She enjoys participating in the Barnard-Columbia Ancient Drama group, which puts on an annual production of a Greek or Latin play. More recently, Maria has continued her work on reception by looking at the relationship between modern Greece and its classical past in the 20th century, and the role of archaeology in nation-building.
Maria has experience teaching Elementary and Intermediate Greek. She has been a T.A. for language and history courses, including a global core class on Egypt in the Classical World, as well as courses in Greek Art and Archaeology.
Maria received her M.A. in Classical Studies from Columbia in 2015 and B.A. in Classical Archaeology magna cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2013. She has participated in numerous archaeological projects including the underwater archaeological survey at the Roman Port Sanisera in Menorca (2012), the excavations at Gournia, Crete (2013, 2014), and the Columbia excavations in Onchestos, Thebes (2014 - 2018) as a trench supervisor and researcher. She also traveled to Italy on a fellowship in May 2015 to expand a chapter on South Italian vase painting in her MA thesis, "Violence, Sensuality, and Humor in Rape? The Ajax-Kassandra Episode." Email Maria Dimitropoulos.