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Dr Maria Gerolemou

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Leventis)


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My research centres on a) ancient Greek drama b) on Wunderkultur and c) on ancient science, especially on the intersection between ancient science and literature in the ancient world.


The result of my research:

  1. On drama: My first book, Bad Women, Mad Women: Gender und Wahnsinn in der Griechischen Tragödie (Classica Monacensia, 2011), investigates female deviant behavior in Greek tragedy and seeks to define the influence of social and ideological discourses on the presentation of normative female behavior.
  2. On Wunderkultur: I have organized a conference on wonders and miracles in 2014, in Cyprus (with Ass.Prof. S. Constantinou). The proceedings of this conference have been published recently by De Gruyter (Recognizing Miracles in Antiquity and Beyond, 2018).
  3. On ancient sciences: I have organized two conferences and work on two collective volumes dealing with the technological traditions of the ancient Greco-Roman world. The first studies the notion of mirrors and mirroring from antiquity to the early modern period (ed. with L. Diamantopoulou); the second explores the dialogue between the sciences of medicine and mechanics in antiquity (ed. with G. Kazantzidis).

I am currently working on a second monograph on the notion of mechanical theatre in antiquity.

Research interests

My research deals extensively with the de-codification of natural automatisms which leads to their artificial reconstruction in theatre and art. There are two ways in which I explore the mechanized body in theatrical performance: either by envisioning it as a machine, or as something to be augmented through technological prosthetics.I also try to define the phenomenon of animate matter in fiction, ekphrasis, philosophy and technical texts, mainly from the Hellenistic period onwards; what is crucial for my argument in this part, is to outline to which degree animation is subject to engineering tenets.

My research is sponsored by the Leventis Foundation.

External impact and engagement

I am active in the modern scene of Cyprus. I have recently participated as a translator and consultant in an innovative performance of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis directed by Magdalena Zira (

Contribution to discipline

My current research on ancient sciences investigates natural and mechanical automation and follows the growing interest in ancient mechanics, medicine and material culture. It, particularly, deals with the tension between the natural and the mechanical which forms a central debate topic in classical antiquity. Notably, this was not acknowledged in the past, probably because of the opinion of scholars arguing especially in favor of a Greek technological blockage.



My main principle in teaching is that the ongoing research interests of the instructor should be, somehow, presented in the classroom. I am convinced that in order to engage the minds of the students, a teacher should introduce them to current scientific debates (at the appropriate level) and encourage them to cultivate their own research skills.



2011, PhD in Classics LMU, Munich

2006-2009, Doctoral Program at LMU

2004-2006, Magister Program at LMU

1999-2003, BA at the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Graduate degree in Classics 



2017-2018, Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (University of Cyprus) / Project: Producing and Consuming Miracles in Antiquity

June 2017, DAAD Fellowship- Freie Universität Berlin (BabMed- Babylonische Medizin, Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften)

Jul.-Aug. 2016, Tytus Fellowship (Cincinnati)

04.02.2013-23.02.2013, Research Scholarship of the Fondation Hardt

1999-2003, State Research Scholarship Foundation of Greece (ΙΚΥ).

1999-2003, State Research Scholarship Foundation of Cyprus (IKYK)


Academic Positions

Jan. 2017- Aug. 2018, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus

Jan. 2014-Dec. 2016, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Classics and Philosophy, Universisty of Cyprus

Sept. 2012-Jul. 2015, Sept. 2016-Dec. 2016, Adjunct Lecturer: Hellenic Studies, Open University of Cyprus

Sept. 2010-Aug. 2012, Research Associate, Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus

Oct. 2008-Jul. 2010, Teaching Fellow, Department of Classics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich

Apr. 2008- Jul. 2008, Tutor, Department of Classics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich