Maria will receive her M.A. in Classical Studies from Columbia in 2015. Her Master’s thesis, “Violence, Sensuality, and Humor in Rape? The Ajax-Kassandra Episode,” looks at representations of Kassandra at the Trojan Palladion in vase painting. Maria holds a B.A. in Classical Archaeology magna cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. She wrote her undergraduate Honor’s Thesis on the mystery cult of the Kabeiroi on Lemnos.
Primarily, Maria works on Greek art and architecture in the Archaic and Classical periods; in particular she is focusing on graphic depictions of violence, humor/burlesque in vase painting (especially Boeotian), and representations of tragedy in art. Her broader research interests include the topography of Attica and Boeotia, Greek literature (epic poetry and its tradition), myth and ritual, and issues of cultural heritage. Additionally, Maria is fascinated by modern reception of classical theater. She enjoys participating in the Barnard-Columbia Ancient Drama group, which puts on an annual production of a Greek or Latin play. This Spring, she was a T.A. for the global core class, “The World Responds to the Greeks,” a seminar examining how post-colonial African societies re-conceptualized and engaged with Greek theater. She hopes to gain teaching experience in art history and language classes in upcoming semesters.
Maria participated in the underwater archaeological survey at the Roman Port Sanisera in Menorca in June 2012. In 2013, she excavated in Gournia, Crete and she returned in July 2014 to work at the Institute for Aegean Prehistory. Maria conducted fieldwork in the pilot season of the Columbia excavations in Onchestos, Thebes in 2014 and will return in 2015 as a trench supervisor. She will also travel to Italy on a fellowship in May 2015 to study South Italian vase painting. Email Maria Dimitropoulos.