Professor of Classics | Classics & Archaeology
Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES, University Hall
Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
B.A., Psychology and Philosophy
This award, established in 1993 and endowed by Loyola Marymount University's devoted benefactor, is bestowed on the faculty member whose dedication to teaching, research and the University Community exemplifies academic leadership. The recipient is nominated by his/her peers and chosen by a faculty committee. Professors from all colleges and schools are eligible, but the recipient's devotion to "education of the whole person," both in practice and in life, transcends a specific field of study.2018-04-19
Greek Reporter online
An interview on the origin and semantics of Greece's different names.view more
Kosmos FM, New York, NY radio
Interviewed by Panos Satzoglou on my life and career focusing esp. on my new appointment as Director of Education and Culture for the Los Angeles Greek Film Festivalview more
Loyola Marymount University online
Classics & Archaeology Symposium 2015.view more
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival online
THEO ANGELOPOULOS (4/27/35-1/24/12), "A Greek Journey": Tribute presentation by Prof. Katerina Zacharia, followed by panel discussion with actor Stratos Tzortzoglou, and producer Alexis Varouxakis.view more
Huffington Post print
Obituary for Michael Cacoyannisview more
Kathimerini national Greek newspaper print
Interviewed by Anna Grimaniview more
Alexander S. Onassis Foundation print
Response to "Athens Dialogues"conference, Identity Difference panel.view more
20th century Fox tv
Interviewed for the special DVD features for the feature film "Electra", starring Jennifer Garner. Discussion of four ancient Greek tragedies: Aeschylus’ "Libation Bearers", Sophocles’ "Electra", Euripides’ "Electra" and "Orestes". Executive Producer: Jon Mefford.view more
History Channel tv
Interviewed in Athens by the History Channel for a two-hour special documentary on the "Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Greece." Bram Roos (Executive Producer), FilmRoos Productions.view more
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, Greece
Coordinator and Education Director for “The Wanderings of Odysseus" special program. With Prof. Rush Rehm (Stanford Summer Theater), we staged a two-hour play adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, with original music and gave four performances at the Michael Cacoyannis Cultural Foundation in Athens, Greece (August 31-September 16, 2012). The extensive program also included five three-hour workshops, and four three-hour seminars for theater professionals. The Program was the first year of the series “Ancient Drama: Influences and Modern Approaches” 2012-2014, and was approved and funded by the European Union under the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007–2013, Improvement of Cultural Services in the Region of Attica/Operational Program of Attica–Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Hellenic Republic.
Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Athens, Greece
Research conducted during the Senior Foreign Research Fellowship on tourist publications in the interwar period led to the publication of “Postcards from Metaxas’ Greece: The Uses of Classical Antiquity in tourism photography”, in Dimitris Tziovas (ed.), "Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture." Oxford University Press 2014: 186-208.
Initiative of Heritage Conservancy, Athens, Greece
Work conducted during the Senior Research Fellowship led to the publication of “Nelly’s iconography”, in Philip Carabott, Yannis Hamilakis & Eleni Papargyriou (eds.), "Camera Graeca: Photographs, Narratives, Materialities." Ashgate, Center for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, 2015: 233-256.
Research Grant for work on Prof. Wole Soyinka’s project on the trans-Saharan slave-trade. The project is based at the du Bois Institute, Harvard University, and is funded by the Ford Foundation. This report is part of a larger project on the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade, leading to a full mapping-out of the African diaspora since the Greco-Roman period.
Loyola Marymount University, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
Host and speaker of BCLA conference “Channeling Grace through Art: Devotional Practices across spiritual Traditions” comprised of four discussion panels on: ritual objects; ritual words, song, dance; congregational and solitary prayer; art making as devotional practice. The conference accompanied the concurrent art exhibition "Vessels and Channels" by American contemporary sculptor Simon Toparovsky at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles (11/9/14 - 2/15/15).
Loyola Marymount University, Committee of Teaching Excellence, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The goal of this teaching project is to create a teaching methodology that develops student imagination through personal participation in the creative rewriting and staging of an ancient play, and thus helps students understand tragedy through immersion, and become active learners as they develop their writing and oral communications skills and engage in team work.
Loyola Marymount University, Vice-President for Intercultural Affairs
Transformation of Upper Division Course in the Major to a capstone course. The 4-unit course is an interdisciplinary study of the concept of ‘classical Hellenism’ and its imprint on modern theories of racial and ethnic superiority, on modern subject formation in European nationalisms, and on racial dynamics in American culture.
Loyola Marymount University, Centre of Teaching Excellence
Developed first-year engaged learning seminar course using the “Reacting to the Past” game methodology, where the whole class becomes an Athenian Assembly debating the Reconciliation Agreement between Athens and Sparta in 403 BC after 27 years of the Peloponnesian War.view more
A study of the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides (in translation), with an emphasis on production.
A study of the plays of Aristophanes and Menander (in translation), with an emphasis on production.
A survey of Hellenic civilization from its origins in the Bronze Age until the Hellenistic period, encompassing the study of archaeology, history, literature, religion, philosophy, and the fine arts.view more
Study of the religious practices and beliefs of the Greeks and Romans from the archaic period to the triumph of Christianity.
An interdisciplinary study of of the concept of ‘classical Hellenism’ and its reinterpretations since antiquity. We explore the production of stereotypes in the representation of the other, study “Greece” as both an idea and a lineage deployed by fascist regimes in the construction of the national image in European nationalisms. We examine the imprint of ‘classical Hellenism’ on modern theories of racial and ethnic superiority, on modern subject formation in Europe, and on racial dynamics in American culture.
A study of the uses of Greco-Roman myth and history in cinema. The course introduces students to the comparative study of literature and film across different cultures, languages, and genres.
A study of some of the greatest Greek films in their modern political and social setting, with an emphasis on contemporary cultural identity and its roots in the western tradition.view more
An interdisciplinary study of the works of Anne Carson and her interaction with the Classical tradition. Team-taught with poet Sarah Maclay.
This course offers students the unique opportunity to study complex issues surrounding representations of Greece from the classical to the modern world through an interdisciplinary approach that highlights four areas of study: politics and economics; food and travel; theater and film; family, religion, and state. Students integrate study in the classroom with internships at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF), set up by Prof. Zacharia in her capacity as the LAGFF Director of Education.view more
"Nelly's Iconography of Greece." Camera Graeca: Photographs, Narratives, Materialities Vol. 16 (2015).view more
"Postcards from Metaxas' Greece: The uses of classical antiquity in tourism photography." Re-imagining the Past: Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture. Ed. Dimitris Tziovas. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014.view more
"Hellenism." Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. Ed. Michael Gagarin. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010.view more
"Funerary Ritual, Aeschylus’ Eumenides and Sophocles’ Antigone" Journal of Hellenic Religion Vol. vol. 3 (2010)view more
"Sophocles and the West: the Evidence of the Fragments" in Shards from Kolonos: Studies in Sophoclean Fragments (2003)view more
"The Rock of the Nightingale': Kinship Diplomacy and Sophocles' Tereus" LondonHomer, Tragedy and Beyond: Essays in Greek Literature in honor of P.E. Easterling (2001)view more