Professor Zinon Papakonstantinou, University of Illinois-Chicago, has delivered the 2017 Ion Ioannides Memorial Lecture, to an interested audience assembled in the Health Sciences Building. He addressed the topic of, “Greek Athletes in the Roman Mediterranean: Mobility, Competition, Cultural Agency.”
Zinon Papakonstatinou is an associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of History, University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a historian of Ancient Greek social and cultural history (law, sport, commensality, magic), especially of the archaic and classical period. He has written or edited three books on the subject, including, most recently, his edited collection on Sport, Bodily Culture and Classical Antiquity in Modern Greece. He also works on Greek epigraphy, Greek literature, and Classical Reception. Among the topics addressed in his recent article and chapter publications are, "Sport, Victory Commemoration and Elite Identities in Archaic Athens," Match Fixing and Victory in Greek Sports, Boys Will Be Boys: Agonistic Grafitti from Iasos," and numerous others. During the summers of 2013-2016, Professor Papakonstantinou was the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, hosted by the University of Hamburg, Department of History, to work on the project: Cursing for Justice. Magic and the Lawcourts in Classical Athens.