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  • Dr Christy Constantakopoulou

Senior Lecturer in 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 3.08
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 Senior Lecturer in 2010. I am an Ancient Greek historian, and work on the history and culture of the ancient Greek world from the archaic to early hellenistic periods.

Research and teaching

  • Introduction
  • My main area of research is the history of the Aegean world and its islands. My book, entitled The Dance of the Islands: Insularity, Networks, the Athenian Empire and the Aegean World, 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.
  • 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 islands and the sea are portrayed in literary texts, mostly historiography and mythical narratives..
  • My future research involves expanding the investigation of island history and insularity to the Hellenistic period, and more particularly the third century BC. I am completing a monograph examining the networks of interaction around Delos during the third century, exploring networks of religious dedication, political cooperation (through the relatively unexplored institution entitled the Islanders’ League), processes of monumentalisation and diplomatic exchange..
  • Research
  • Greek political and cultural history
  • Athenian imperialism
  • Greek religion
  • Historiography, fragmentary historians
  • Islands and insularity, networks in the Aegean
  • Teaching
  • BA: The Greek world (archaic and classical periods) (group 1)
  • The Athenian empire (group 3)
  • Approaches to Classics
  • 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
  • Xenophon’s Poroi: Risk and enterprise in fourth-century Attica
  • Ties that bind”.  Assessing ancient networks in Iron Age Campania
  • The cults of the Cycladic islands in the archaic and classical period
  • Miletus and her colonies in the archaic period
  • Between Asia and Europe: Mediterranean networks and island identity on Rhodes, 8th-5th centuries BC.

Publications

  • Books
  • 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.
  • 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 journal Mediterranean Historical Review 22, 2007. Paperback edition, January 2012.
  • Articles and chapters
  • ‘Delian Reactions to Athenian Imperialism’, in A. Powell and K. Meidani eds. The Eyesore of Aigina: anti-Athenian attitudes in Greek - and Roman – history (Classical Press of Wales), forthcoming.
  • ‘Religious Groups, Amphictyonies and Other Leagues’, in E. Eidinow and J. Kindt eds. Oxford Handbook for Greek Religion, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • ‘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, forthcoming.
  • ‘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 2013, 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 . http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a32
  • 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 . http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a401a http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a401b http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a401c http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a401d
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Deinarchos  (FGrH 399), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 399, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill 2010, Brill online, http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a399
  • 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 . http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a397
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Eudemos (FGrH 497), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 497, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill, 2010, Brill online http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a497
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Philteas (FGrH 498), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 498, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill, 2010, Brill online, http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a498
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Eparchides (FGrH 437), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 437, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill 2011, Brill online, http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a437
  • Critical edition, translation and commentary of Semonides (FGrH 534), in BNJ (Brill New Jacoby) 534, editor in chief: Ian Worthington, Brill, 2011, Brill online, http://www.brillonline.nl/subscriber/entry?entry=bnj_a534
  • 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, http://www.encyclopediaancienthistory.com/
  • Review articles
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 55.2, 2008, p. 287-93.
  • 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 56.2, 2009, p. 257-61.
  • 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 57.2, 2010, p. 392-96.
  • 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 58.2, 2011, p. 255-61.
  • Review article with Peter Liddel: ‘Greek History’, Greece and Rome 59.1, 2012, p. 117-32.
  • Reviews
  • 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.
  • 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 John Ma, Nikos Papazarkadas and Robert Parker eds. Interpreting the Athenian empire, Oxford 2009, in Mnemosyne 64, 2011, p. 1-4
  • 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 I. Malkin, A small Greek world. Networks in the ancient Mediterranean, Oxford 2011, in Hermathena 190, 2011, 129-32.
  • 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 F. Prontera, Geografia e storia nella Grecia Antica, Firenze 2011, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 134, 2014, 200-01.
  • 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 Z. Archibald, Ancient Economies of the Northern Aegean, fifth to first centuries BC, Oxford 2013, in Hermathena, forthcoming.
  • Lectures
  • I have organised three seminar series for the Institute of Classical Studies:
  • 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)

Professional membership

  • I am the Journal of Hellenic Studies Reviews Editor, and a member of the editorial council for JHS, January 2012 – present

Current activities

  • I am currently working on a book, provisionally entitled Aegean Interactions: communities, individuals and networks in the Hellenistic Aegean. I aim to explore patterns of interaction in the southern Aegean Islands during the third century. As part of this project, I am working on an article entitled ‘The social dynamics of dedication: The Delian inventories of the thrid century’.
  • I am co-editing (with Maria Fragoulaki) a volume entitled The Shaping of the Past: Greek Historiography, Mythography and Epigraphic Memory, which will come out as a Bulleting of the Institute of Classical Studies (BICS) Supplement, London.
  • I have been elected Fellow at the Centre of Hellenic Studies, Harvard University, for the spring semester of 2015 (January-May 2015).