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.


You can find Professor Mylonopoulos’s publications here:

Graduate Advising (sponsor or co-sponsor)



Bailey Barnard (2023)
Making an Appearance: Presenting Hellenistic Kings in Portraits and in Person
Maria Dimitropoulos (2023)
Kindred Killers: Intrafamilial Murders in Greek Art
Monica Bulger (2022)
Facing Forward: Frontality in the Archaic Period
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-)
Body Bound: Bondage in Greek Art, Literature, and Society
Nikki Sarto (2017-)
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: Bewitching Women in Greek Art
Isabel Biascoechea (2016-)
Imagining and Representing the Chthonic in Greek Art



Caroline Grace Beatrice (2023)
The Erechtheion Korai: A Case Study in Typology
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