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Dr Christy Constantakopoulou

Reader in Classics and Ancient History

BA (History and Archaeology), MA (Ancient History), DPhil Ancient History (Oxford)

Contact details

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
Room 308
27 Russell Square
London
WC1B 5DQ

Email: c.constantakopoulou@bbk.ac.uk
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7631 6282

Profile

  • I joined Birkbeck in 2002 and became Reader in 2017. I am an Ancient Greek historian, and work on the history and culture of the ancient Greek world from the archaic to hellenistic periods.

Research and Teaching

    Introduction

  • My main area of research is the history of the Aegean world and its islands. My first book, entitled The Dance of the Islands: Insularity, Networks, the Athenian Empire and the Aegean World (OUP 2007), explored both the history of the islands in the archaic and classical period, as well as the way islands were portrayed in the sources of the period. The focus was on the way islands interacted and formed networks through maritime communications. More specifically, it explored the position islands held within an imperial context (the fifth-century Athenian empire), and how this imperial context affected the concept of insularity.
  • My second book, entitled Aegean Interactions: Delos and its networks in the third century (OUP 2017) explores the networks of interaction around Delos during the third century BC. I focus on the networks of religious dedication, political cooperation (through the relatively unexplored institution entitled the Islanders’ League), processes of monumentalisation and diplomatic exchange. The different types of networks that Delos participated in during the ‘troubled’ third century BC show the possibilities available to a small insular community, which housed one of the most important regional sanctuaries of the Greek world. Interaction between Delos and the Aegean took many forms, and it shows well the dense networks of communication and exchange available to the Aegean Greeks.
  • I am also interested in Greek historiography, and particularly local history. I am interested in how local communities negotiated their identity through myth and historical discourse. I am also interested in the ways that communities understood and re-constructed their past through the use of historiography and memory.

    Research interests
  • Greek political and cultural history
  • Athenian imperialism
  • Greek religion
  • Historiography, fragmentary historians
  • Islands and insularity, networks in the Aegean

    Teaching interests
  • BA: The Ancient World (level 4)
  • The Athenian empire (Level 6)
  • MA: Introduction to Classical Culture (core course for the MA Classics/Classical Civilization)
  • The Greeks and the Sea (MA option)

  • PhD supervision

  • I am currently supervising students in the following areas:
  • Opsis in Herodotus
  • “Ties that bind”. Assessing ancient networks in Iron Age Campania
  • The cults of the Cycladic islands in the archaic and classical period
  • Between Asia and Europe: Mediterranean networks and island identity on Rhodes, 8th-5th centuries BC.
  • ‘Pottery and figurative terracottas from Drakaina cave, on Kephallonia’
  • The social, political and economic role of the thetes in classical Athens
  • The Nature and Derivation of Power and Influence in the Cycladic city-states during the late Archaic and Classical Periods
  • The sharing, shaping and development of status and identity in the Megarian Sicilian colony of Selinous and its settlements in the ninth to fourth centuries BC

Publications

    Books

  • Single authored book: Aegean Interactions: Delos and its networks in the third century, Oxford University Press 2017, pp. xviii + 331, 19 figures, ISBN 9780198787273. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/aegean-interactions-9780198787273?cc=gr&lang=en&
  • Co-edited volume: Irad Malkin, Christy Constantakopoulou and Katerina Panagopoulou eds. Greek and Roman Networks in the Mediterranean, London and New York, Routledge 2009. Originally published as Special Issue of the journalMediterranean Historical Review 22, 2007. Paperback edition, January 2012.
  • .The Dance of the Islands: Insularity, Networks, the Athenian Empire and the Aegean World, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2007, Oxford Classical Monographs Series. Paperback edition, July 2010.
  • Forthcoming articles
  • ‘Η οικονομική διαχείρηση πολέμου μακράς διαρκείας: ο Αθηναϊκός ιμπεριαλισμός, η πληρωμή του φόρου και οι μικρές κοινότητες του Αιγαίου τον 5ο αιώνα π.Χ.’ [The financial management of a long war: Athenian imperialism and the payment of tribute for the small communities of the Aegean during the 5th century BC], in V. Seirinidou and S. Ploumpidis eds. Histories of War in South- Eastern Europe: An Approach in the Longue Durée, Athens 2018 forthcoming.
  • ‘The Aegean islands between isolation and connectivity’, in Ariadne, 2018, forthcoming, 5,000 words.
  • ‘The Delian network of honours in the period of Independence’, in M. Dana and I. Savalli-Lestrade eds. La cité interconnectée: transferts et réseaux institutionnels, religieux et culturels aux époques hellénistique et imperiale, Paris 2018, forthcoming.
  • Published articles
  • Landscape and hunting: the economy of the eschatia’, in special issue of Land 2018, 7(3), 89; https://doi.org/10.3390/land7030089,
  • Cycladic Archaeology and History: Some Thoughts’, in E. Angliker and J. Tully eds. Cycladic Archaeology and Research: New Approaches and Discoveries, Oxford Archaeopress 2018, p. 5-12.
  • ‘Delian Reactions to Athenian Imperialism’, in A. Powell and K. Meidani eds. The Eyesore of Aigina: anti-Athenian attitudes in Greek, Hellenistic and Roman history, Swansea, Classical Press of Wales, 2016, 125-46.
  • ‘Centrality and Peripherality: Insularity and the Appeal of the Religious Networks of Delos and Samothrace in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods’, in Reinhard von Bendemann, Annette Gerstenberg, Nikolas Jaspert and Sebastian Kolditz eds. Constructions of Mediterranean Insularities, Mittelmeerstudien, Fink and Schöningh, 2016, 75-93.
  • ‘The Social Dynamics of Dedication in the Delian Inventories of the Third Century: Audience, Function and Temporality’, Center for Hellenic Studies Research Bulletin 3, 2015, available online.
  • ‘Beyond the Polis: Island Koina and Other Non-Polis Entities in the Aegean’, in C. Taylor and K. Vlassopoulos eds. Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World, Oxford University Press 2015, 213-36.
  • ‘Religious Groups, Amphictyonies and Other Leagues’, in E. Eidinow and J. Kindt eds. Oxford Handbook for Greek Religion, Oxford University Press, 2015, 273-89.
  • ‘Semonides of Samos or of Amorgos? The Archaeology of the Samians and the Question of the Archaic Colonization of Amorgos Reconsidered’, in G. Bonnin and E. Le Quéré eds. Powers, Islands and Sea: Forms, Terms and Conditions of Hegemony in the Ancient Cyclades (7th c. BC – 3rd C. AD), Bordeaux 2014, 257-68.
  • ‘Tribute, the Athenian empire and small states and communities in the Aegean’, in A. Slawisch (ed.), Handels- und Finanzgebaren in der Ägäis im 5. Jh. v. Chr., Trade and finance in the fifth century BC Aegean world, BYZAS 18, German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul, 2013, 25-42.
  • ‘Beyond the Polis: Island Koina and Other Non-Polis Entities in the Aegean’, Revue des Etudes Anciennes 114.2, 2012, 301-31.
  • ‘Identity and Resistance: the Islanders’ League, the Aegean Islands, and the Hellenistic Kings’, in P. Ceccarelli ed. Water and Identity, Special issue of Mediterranean Historical Review 27, 2012, 51-72.
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Dionysius Scytobrachion (BNJ 32) for Brill's New Jacoby. Editor in Chief: Ian Worthington (University of Missouri) . Brill, 2010. Brill Online.
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Anonymous authors on Delos (BNJ 401a, 401b, 401c, 401d) for Brill's New Jacoby. Editor in Chief: Ian Worthington (University of Missouri). Brill, 2010. Brill Online .
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Deinarchos (FGrH 399), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 399, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill 2010, Brill online,
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Phanodikos (BNJ 397) for Brill's New Jacoby. 2500 words. Editor in Chief: Ian Worthington (University of Missouri) . Brill, 2010. Brill Online .
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Eudemos (FGrH 497), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 497, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill, 2010, Brill online
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Philteas (FGrH 498), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 498, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill, 2010, Brill online,
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Eparchides (FGrH 437), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 437, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill 2011, Brill online,
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Semonides (FGrH 534), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 534, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill, 2011, Brill online,
  • Introduction (co-authored with Irad Malkin and Katerina Panagopoulou) to the edited volume Greek and Roman networks in the Mediterranean, Routledge 2009, pp. 1-11.
  • 'Proud to Be an Islander: Island Identity in Multi-Polis Islands in the Classical and Hellenistic Aegean', Mediterranean Historical Review 20 (2005): 1-34.
  • 'Placing Goats in Context: Heracleia, IG XII.7 509 and the Mini Island Networks of the Aegean' in Proceedings of the International Colloquium on the Greek Islands and the Sea, The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway 21-22 September 2001, (2004), 15-32.
  • 'Connectivity in the Aegean: The Practice of Porthmeutice and its Importance for Small-Scale Interaction', Journal of Mediterranean Studies 12.1, 2002.
  • Marxism and Ancient History: An Interview with Geoffrey de Ste Croix, with an introduction on his life and work' (in Greek), Utopia 44, March 2001.
  • Entries ‘Mytilene’, ‘Kalaureia’, ‘Mykonos’, ‘Paros’, ‘Siphnos’, ‘Seriphos’, and ‘Thalassocracy’ for R. Bagnal et al. eds. Wiley – Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Ancient History, Blackwell.
  • Review articles
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 59.1, 2012, p. 117-32.
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 58.2, 2011, p. 255-61.
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 58.1, 2011, p. 119-29.
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 57.2, 2010, p. 392-96.
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 57.1, 2010, p. 135-9.
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 56.2, 2009, p. 257-61.
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 56.1, 2009, p. 109-16.
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 55.2, 2008, p. 287-93.
  • Reviews
  • Review of U. Fantasia, Ambracia dai Cipselidi ad Augusto. Contributo all Astoria della Grecia nord-occidentale fino all prima età imperiale, Pisa 2017, in Classical Review 2018, forthcoming
  • Review of T.J. Bent, The Dodecanese: further travels among the insular Greeks, edited by G. Brisch, Oxford 2015, in JHS 136, 2016.
  • Review of G. Parmeggiani ed., Between Thucydides and Polybius: The Golden Age of Greek Historiography, Washington 2014, in JHS 136, 2016.
  • Review of Alexander V. Podossinov ed. The Periphery of the Classical World in Ancient Geography and Cartography, Leuven 2014, in JHS 136, 2016.
  • Review of K. Geus & M. Thiering eds. Features of Common Sense Geography: Implicit Knowledge Structures in Ancient Geographical Texts, Zürich 2014, in JHS 136, 2016.
  • Review of R. Etienne, N. Kourou & E. Simantoni-Bournia, Η αρχαία Τήνος, Αthens 2013, in JHS 135, 2015, 282-83.
  • Review of Philipp Scheibelreiter, Untersuchungen zur vertragsrechtlichen Struktur des Delisch-attischen Seebundes, Wien 2013, in www.sehepunkte.de/2014/05/24196.html May 2014.
  • Review of Z. Archibald, Ancient Economies of the Northern Aegean, fifth to first centuries BC, Oxford 2013, in Hermathena 193, 2012, 101-4.
  • Review of J.-M. Kowalski, Navigation et géographie dans l’antiquité Gréco-romaine. La terre vue de la mer, Paris 2012, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 134, 2014, 199-200.
  • Review of K. Bourazelis and K. Meidani eds. Apotamieuse kai diacheirise chrematos sten ellenike istoria, Athens 2011, in JHS 134, 2014, 204-05.
  • Review of F. Prontera, Geografia e storia nella Grecia Antica, Firenze 2011, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 134, 2014, 200-01.
  • Review of I. Malkin, A small Greek world. Networks in the ancient Mediterranean, Oxford 2011, in Hermathena 190, 2011, 129-32.
  • Review of N. Demand, The Mediterranean Context of Early Greek History, Oxford 2011, in Revue des Etudes Anciennes 114, 2012, p. 649-50.
  • Review of John Ma, Nikos Papazarkadas and Robert Parker eds. Interpreting the Athenian empire, Oxford 2009, in Mnemosyne 64, 2011, p. 1-4
  • Review of F. Chankowski, Athènes et Délos à l’époque classique: recherches sur l’administration du sanctuaire d’Apollon délien, Paris, 2008, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 130, 2010, p. 224-5.
  • Review of F. Lätsch, Insularität und Gesellschaft in der Antike. Untersuchungen zur Auswirkung der Insellage auf die Gesellschaftsentwicklung, Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2005, in Classical Review 57, 2007, p. 138-40.
  • Review of H.R. Goette and O. Palagia eds. Ludwig Ross und Griechenland. Akten des Internationalen Kolloquiums, Internationale Archaeologie. Studia honoraria; Bd. 24. Rahden, Westfalen: Verlad Marie Leidorf, 2005, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 128, 2008, p. 297.
  • Lectures
  • I have organised four seminar series for the Institute of Classical Studies:
  • Ancient Politics (with Richard Alston, spring 2017)
  • The Shaping of the Past: Greek Historiography, Mythography, and Epigraphic Memory (with Maria Fragoulaki, summer 2012)
  • Epigraphy and the Greek historian (spring 2010)
  • History in and of the Aegean (with Riet van Bremen, summer 2007)
  • I have been invited to speak at the following venues in the academic year since 2015:
  • ‘One or many seas? Regionalism and the Aegean islands between the 8th and the 1st century’. Workshop ‘Alternative Greek Histories: Regional Perspectives’, University of Leicester, 11-12 September 2015 (by invitation).
  • ‘Having Fun with Inventories: Female Dedications in the Sanctuary of Delos’. University of Sheffield, Classical Association talk, 5 November 2015 (by invitation).
  • ‘Proxenies, statues, crowns. The Delian Network of Honours in the Third century BC’, in the international conference organised by the National Hellenic Research Foundation, entitled Shaping Networks from Antiquity till the modern Era, Athens, 11-12 December 2015 (by invitation).
  • ‘Networks and insularity in the 3rd century Aegean’. Keynote lecture in the Mellon Workshop 2015-16, “Islands of History: Insularity, Connectivity, and the 'Island' Experience”, Brown University, 22 and 23 March 2016 (by invitation).
  • ‘The Delian network of honours in the period of Independence’, in the international conference entitled ‘La cité interconnectée: transferts et réseaux institutionnels, religieux et culturels aux époques hellénistique et impériale’, organised by ANHIMA (Athropologie et histoire des mondes antiques, Sorbonne, Paris I), 25-26 June 2016 (by invitation).
  • ‘Inventories and social history’, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete, October 2016 (by invitation)
  • ‘Social dynamics of dedication in third-century Delos’, in the conference entitled ‘Religious Interactions in the Hellenistic World’ Ioannou Centre of Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford, March 2017 (by invitation).
  • ‘The Delian networks of dedication in the third century’, in the conference entitled ‘Landscapes of Movement: Religious space and topography of the Cyclades, 8th century BCE to 8th century CE’, University of St Andrews, May 2017 (by invitation).
  • ‘The Delian networks of dedication in the third century’, in the conference organised by E. Eidinow, A. Petrovic, and I. Petrovic, ‘Belief and the Individual in Ancient Greek Religion’, July 2017, Institute of Classical Studies, London.
  • ‘The social dynamics of dedication in the Delian inventories’, research seminar in the department of Classics, Edinburgh University, January 2018 (by invitation)
  • The space between islands: insularity, networks and island uniqueness’, workshop on Archipels / Archipelagos, organised by the University Paris Sciences Lettres (PSL) and the NYU, within the programme “Insularities: An Interdisciplinary Diachronic Investigation”, Paris, INHA, 15 March 2018 (by invitation).
  • The Spatial Turn and Ancient History’, in the 2018 UK Ancient Historians' Annual Meeting (the 'Norman Baynes' meeting), April 2018 (by invitation).
  • ‘Slaves, Goats and Pirates in the Aegean Islands. A Study of Insular Life in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods’, department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Manchester, May 2018
  • ‘Landscape and hunting: the economy of the eschatia’, in the panel entitled ‘Central places and un-central landscapes: political economies and natural resources in the longue durée’, in the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology (AIAC 2018), Bonn/Cologne, May 2018.
  • ‘Inscriptions and insularity’, keynote lecture in the Conference entitled Epigrammata, Insularità minore e dinamiche istituzionali (“Minor insularity and institutional dynamics”), University of Rome Tor Vergata (Roma 2), January 2019 (by invitation).

Professional membership

  • Member of the editorial board for the Annual of the British School of Athens (ABSA), 2018 – present
  • I was the Journal of Hellenic Studies Reviews Editor, and a member of the editorial council for JHS, January 2012 – January 2015.
  • I was a member of the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies editorial board for the special issues of Ancient History, October 2014 – 2016.
  • Member of the editorial board for the new Liverpool Series Translated Texts from Antiquity, 2014 – present
  • Member of the Royal Historical Society, 2018 – present.
  • Member of the Society for Classical Studies, 2018 – present.
  • Member of the Society for Cycladic Studies (Εταιρεία Κυκλαδικών μελετών), 2018 – present.
  • Member of the Institute of Classical Studies Advisory Group, 2008- present.
  • Member of the Institute of Classical Studies Library Advisory Committee, 2012 - 2016.
  • Member of the Council for the Promotion of the Hellenic Studies, 2006-2008.
  • Member of the Hellenic Society, 1995 – present.
  • Member of the Classical Association, 2007 – present.
  • Member of the European Network for the study of Greek history, 2009 – present.
  • Member of the British School at Athens, 2001 – present.
  • Member of the British Epigraphic Society, 2002 – present.
  • Member of the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies, 2005 - present.

Current activities

  • I am co-editing (with Maria Fragoulaki) a volume entitled The Shaping of the Past: Greek Historiography, Mythography and Epigraphic Memory, which will be published online by Histos.
  • I am also writing a book aimed at the general public, provisionally entitled Poets, Pirates, Slaves and Goats: Ten (Little Known) Stories from the Ancient Greek Island World. This book will present in an accessible form the historical background that resulted in ten ancient documents from ten Aegean islands. This will be an opportunity to present to the general public the evidence for the everyday lives of the Greek islanders.
  • I am also starting a new project, broadly defined as ‘A social history of Greek hunting’.  I have already published an article (‘Landscape and hunting: the economy of the eschatia’, in special issue of Land 2018, 7(3), 89; https://doi.org/10.3390/land7030089). This project builds upon recent trends in scholarship that approach Greek culture beyond the elite male point of view. It is part of a larger and recent interest in the complex relationship between man and the environment and man and animal. My approach complements recent developments in cultural studies that emphasize broader systems of power, and especially division of class and gender. Within that context, I aim to show how the practice and ideology of ancient hunting acquired different meanings depending on the audiences and how it shaped cultural values. A social history of hunting will emphasize the role of the environment, the market (and the place of hunting within wider economic networks of production, redistribution, and consumption), the lower classes (including slaves), women, and of food preferences. The geographic focus will be the extended Greek world, in order to take advantage of the rich evidence from areas such as Macedonia, Asia Minor, and southern Italy. In doing this, it will allow us to understand the complex interplay between animals, humans, and the environment, and contribute to the writing of the history of the Greek world beyond the big urban centres and their elite citizens and ideology.