Principal Investigator


Mantha Zarmakoupi

I am the Birmingham Fellow in Visual and Material Culture of Classical Antiquity in the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. I received my M.St. and D.Phil. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford. Prior to this I studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and gained a Master of Design Studies in History and Theory of Architecture from Harvard (GSD). I have held research fellowships at the UCLA Experiential Technologies Center, the Freie Universität Berlin (TOPOI), the NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the University of Cologne (Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow), the Getty Research Institute and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies. Most recently, I was a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Institute of Historical Research).

My research focuses on the art and architecture of the Hellenistic and Roman periods and undertakes to understand the ways in which the cultural interaction between Greeks and Romans informed their artistic production as well as the shaping of their built environment.

In my first monograph, I examined the architecture of Roman luxury villas around the Bay of Naples to address the cultural factors that informed it (OUP, 2014). I have also developed a VR digital model of the Villa of the Papyri that systematizes and visualizes data from past and ongoing archaeological fieldwork at the Villa and edited a volume on the Villa of the Papyri (De Gruyter, 2010). I am presently working on two projects. The first is generated by my research on luxury villa architecture and addresses the ways in which Roman ideas and idealization of landscape contributed to the creation of a novel language of architecture and landscape architecture. My second project focuses on the urban areas of late Hellenistic Delos in order to examine the rapid urbanization resulting from economic development on the island between 167 BCE and the sacks of 88 and 69 BCE (UrbaNetworks). In relation to this project, I conducted an underwater survey of the submerged areas of two Hellenistic neighborhoods that were created at the height of Delos’ urbanization period, the Stadion District and the Skardana District.

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Webpage on the website of the University of Birmingham


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