Ioannis Mylonopoulos

Ioannis Mylonopoulos

Classical Art and Archaeology
Ph.D., Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg, 2001


Professor Mylonopoulos was educated at the University of Athens and the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg (Ph.D. summa cum laude 2001). Before coming to Columbia in 2008, Mylonopoulos was Research Associate at the University of Heidelberg (2001-03), Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna (2003-06), Junior Professor at the University of Erfurt (2006-08).

In 2007/08, Mylonopoulos was a Fellow of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies. In 2011/12, he was a member at the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. In the spring of 2015, he was visiting professor at at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the first Columbia professor to teach Art Humanities in Paris.

Mylonopoulos has received fellowships and grants from the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, the German Archaeological Society, the Ernst-Kirsten Society, the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation, the Gerda-Henkel Foundation, and the German Research Council.

In 2011, he was awarded Columbia’s Faculty Mentorship Award and in 2014, the Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award (Lenfest).

Mylonopoulos’s 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 sacred sites on the Peloponnese dedicated to Poseidon. In 2017, he co-curated the exhibition “A world of emotions” at the Onassis Cultural Center NY, which later travelled to Greece and was presented at the Acropolis Museum, Athens. The exhibition was voted the best 2017 exhibition worldwide and was recognized with the Youniversal Award by Global Fine Art Awards.

Between September 2016 and June 2021, Mylonopoulos was the Director of the Program in Hellenic Studies at the Department of Classics.

Since 2014, Mylonopoulos directs Columbia University’s first excavation in Greece, at the sanctuary of Poseidon in ancient Onchestos, a sacred site mentioned already in the Iliad.

Selected Publications

For a complete list of publications see:

Monographs and edited volumes

— ed. Emotions. Ένας κόσμος συναισθημάτων, Athens 2017, 303 pages (with A. Chaniotis, N. Kaltsas).

— ed. A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC-200 AD, New York 2017, 255 pages (with A. Chaniotis, N. Kaltsas).

— ed. Divine Images and Human Imaginations in Ancient Greece and Rome, Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, Leiden 2010, 456 pages.
Paperback and e-book edition in 2015.

— ed. Archäologie und Ritual. Auf der Suche nach der rituellen Handlung in den antiken Kulturen Ägyptens und Griechenlands, Vienna 2006, 237 pages (with H. Roeder).

— Πελοπόννησος οἰκητήριον Ποσειδῶνος. Heiligtümer und Kulte des Poseidon auf der Peloponnes, Kernos supplement 13, Liège 2003, 492 pages.

— Bibliographie zur römischen Sozialgeschichte II. Schichten, Konflikte, religiöse Gruppen, materielle Kultur, Heidelberger Althistorische Beiträge und Epigraphische Studien 26. Steiner: Stuttgart 1998, 876 pages (with J.-U. Krause – R. Cengia).

— ed. Kult und Funktion griechischer Heiligtümer in archaischer und klassischer Zeit, Kolloquium Heidelberg, Schriften des Deutschen Archäologen-Verbandes, 15, Mainz 1996, 178 pages (with F. Bubenheimer – B. Schulze – A. Zinsmaier).


— “The power of the absent text. Dedicatory inscriptions on Greek sacred architecture and altars,” in I. Petrovic et al. (eds) The Materiality of Text, Leiden 2019, 231-274.

— “Brutal are the children of the night! Nocturnal violence in Greek art,” in A. Chaniotis (ed.), La nuit. Imaginaire et réalités nocturnes dans le monde gréco-romain, Entretiens sur l’antiquité classique LXIV, Geneva 2018, 173-207.

— “Η απεικόνιση συναισθημάτων στην αρχαία ελληνική τέχνη,” in A. Chaniotis – N. Kaltsas – I. Mylonopoulos (eds), Emotions. Ένας κόσμος συναισθημάτων, Athens 2017, pp. 72-85.

— “Emotions in Ancient Greek Art,” in A. Chaniotis – N. Kaltsas – I. Mylonopoulos (eds), A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC-200 AD, New York 2017, 72-85.

— “Terracotta figurines from Ithaca. Between local production and imported ware,” in E. Lafli - A. Muller (eds), Figurines de terre cuite en Méditerranée grecque et romaine. Vol. I: Production, diffusion, étude, Paris – Athens 2016 (Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, Supplement 54), 239-252.

— “Hellenistic divine images and the power of tradition,” in M. Melfi – O. Bobou (eds), Rethinking the Gods, Oxford 2016, 106-127.

— “Simplicity and Elaboration in the Visual Construction of the Divine in Ancient Greece,” in F. Prost et al. (eds), Construire le divin en images, Rennes 2015, 269-284.

— “Buildings, Images, and Rituals in the Greek World,” in C. Marconi (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, Oxford 2015, 326-351.

— “Commemorating pious service. Images in Honour of Male and Female Priestly Officers in Asia Minor and the Eastern Aegean in the Hellenistic and Roman Times,” in M. Horster – A. Klöckner (eds), Cities and Priests. Cult Personnel in Asia Minor and the Aegean Islands from the Hellenistic to the Imperial Period, Berlin 2013, 121-153.

— “Gory Details? The Iconography of Human Sacrifice in Greek Art,” in R. Gagné - P. Bonnechere (eds), Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece, Liège 2013, 61-85.

Graduate Advising (sponsor or co-sponsor)



Müge Arseven (2022)
Reality and Representation: Depictions of Sacred Architecture in Greek Vase Painting
David Schneller (2021)
Crafting Across Time and Space: Artistic Exchange and Archaic Greek Sanctuaries in the Eastern Mediterranean
Michael Fowler (2019)
Human Sacrifice in Greek Antiquity: Between Myth, Image, and Reality
Matt Peebles (2019)
Act as Attribute: The Attacking Body in Ancient Greek Art
Molly Allen (2017)
Portraits of Grief: Death, Mourning and the Expression of Sorrow on White-Ground Lêkythoi
Alaya Palamidis (2017, Université de Liège) – Co-sponsor
L’abandon de sanctuaires et le transfert de cultes en Grèce antique
Erica Angliker (2017, Universität Zürich) – Co-sponsor
Cults and Sanctuaries of the Cycladic Islands
SeungJung Kim (2014)
Concepts of Time and Temporality in the Visual Tradition of Late Archaic and Classical Greece

In progress

Giovanni Lovisetto (2018-)
People Among Gods, Gods Among People: Cults and Sanctuaries in the Landscape of Thessaly
Nikki Sarto (2017-)
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: Bewitching Women in Greek Art
Isabel Biascoechea (2016-)
Imagining and Representing the Chthonic in Greek Art
Monica Bulger (2015-)
Facing Forward: Frontality in the Archaic Period
Maria Dimitropoulos (2015-)
Kindred Killers: Intra-Familial Murder in Greek Art
Bailey Barnard (2014-)
Royal Posturing: Staging the Hellenistic Ruler’s Body in Portraits and in Person



Sarah Eisen (2017)
When You Look Me in the Eyes… Abduction, Seduction, and the Power of the Gaze in Ancient Greek Vase Painting
Eleni Gizas (2017)
Growing Up in Attica: The Iconography of Childhood Rites of Passage on Attic Vases and Votive Reliefs of the Archaic and Classical Periods
Maria Dimitropoulos (2015)
Violence, Sensuality, and Humor in Rape? The Ajax-Kassandra Episode
Nikki Sarto (2015)
The Journey to the Underworld: Exploring Mythological Figures on White-Ground Lekythoi
Hilah Loewenstein (2014)
Polyxena and her Hydria: A Maiden’s Tragic Fate and Self-Referentiality in Athenian Vase-Painting
Tim Trombley (2014)
Visualizing Domestic Architecture at Olynthos: Lighting Analysis of Activity Spaces in the Greek House
Nicole Leist (2012)
Gods in Plain Sight: The Personification of Mountains and Rivers in Ancient Near Eastern and Greek Art
Alexandra Ginieres (2011)
The Eirene-and-Ploutos Statue by Kephisodotos

Selected Publications

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Archäologie und Ritual. Auf der Suche nach der rituellen Handlung in den antiken Kulturen Ägyptens und Griechenlands

Joannis Mylonopoulos
H. Roeder
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Kult und Funktion griechischer Heiligtümer in archaischer und klassischer Zeit

Ioannis Mylonopoulos
F. Bubenheimer
B. Schulze
A. Zinsmaier