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Department of History and Archaeology

Secretary: Helen Nikolaki

Secretary's Office:
Tel.: +30 26510 07232, 07181, 07542
Fax.: +30 26510 07035

General - Aim of the Department

The Department sees its role as advancing the knowledge and teaching scientific ways of approaching historical, archaeological and folklore issues as well as equipping students with a range of essential knowledge and skills in conducting archival and field research relating to historical, archaeological and folklore studies.
The undergraduate program offers a wide range of main and specialised courses (compulsory and compulsory elective), foreign language courses (English, French, Italian, German) and courses taught by members of the academic staff of other departments. The education offered is completed by seminars/conferences, lectures given by Greek and foreign scientists, assignments and special courses (design-photography). In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in excavations, field research, visits to museums, studies on archival collections, etc.

Structure of the Department - Sections

The Department of History and Archaeology is divided into four Sections:

  • Ancient and Medieval History.
  • Archaeology and Art History.
  • Modern History.
  • Folklore.

Library and Laboratories

A very rich collection of books and current periodicals on the scientific fields taught at the Department as well as rare collections donated to the University are available on open access or request at the University Library.
Students can have access to a computer cluster. The Department also houses a specially designated laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for people with visual impairment.

Subject Areas

The subject areas that are coordinated by the Sections of the Department of History and Archaeology are defined as follows:

1. Ancient and Medieval History Section

Ancient Greek History: History of Ancient Greece from the prehistoric period up to the 3rd century AD.
Epigraphics: The study of ancient Greek epigraphs as basic historical sources.
Roman History: History of the Roman world from the founding of Rome to the imperial times.

2. Archaeology and Art History Section

Prehistoric Archaeology: Palaeolithic and Neolithic period, Aegean cultures (Cycladic, Minoan and Mycaenean Civilisation).
Classical Archaeology: Geometric and Archaic period, Classical period (5th - 4th c. BC), Hellenistic and Roman period.
Byzantine Archaeology: Early Christian period, Byzantine period, Post-Byzantine Art.
History of Modern Art: From the Renaissance up until the 20th century.

3. Modern History Section

Modern Greek History: Political, social and economic History of Modern Greeks: Venetian and Turkish rule, organisation and information of the modern Greek state.
Modern European History: Modern History of Europe.
Modern Balkan History: Social, economic and political aspects of the history of the Balkan peoples from the 15th to the 20th century. National historiographies and the formation of the collective memory in the Balkan national states.

4. Folklore Section

Culture of the Traditional Society (Popular Culture) 15 c. - 20 c.
Theoretical directions of Greek Folklore and Anthropology; the traditional society of the Turkish occupation period (economic mechanisms and social behaviours); social structures and identity issues; material life (clothing, pre-industrial technology, museological practices); customs (traditional representations and rituals, magic, popular literature, folk music).

Members of Academic Staff

Ancient and Medieval History Section

Costas N. Constantinidis, Professor, Byzantine History
Michael Kordosis, Professor, Historical Geography of Byzantium
Vassileia Kontorini, Professor, Ancient Greek Epigraphics
Katerini Liampi, Professor, Ancient Greek History
Panagiotis Antonopoulos, Associate Professor, Byzantine History
Angeliki Konstantakopoulou, Associate Professor, Balkan History
Christos Stavrakos, Assistant Professor, Byzantine History
Ioannis Tzamtzis, Assistant Professor, Roman History
Elias Giannakis, Assistant Professor, Arab History and Culture (Relations between Byzantium and the Arabs)
Angeliki Panagopoulou, Lecturer, Byzantine History
Elias Koulakiotis, Lecturer, Ancient Greek History

Archaeology and Art History Section

Ioannis Lolos, Professor, Prehistoric Archaeology
Ioannis Petrochilos, Associate Professor, Classical Archaeology
Michael Fotiadis, Associate Professor, Prehistoric Archaeology
Vassiliki Pappa, Assistant Professor, Classical Archaeology
Theodora Markatou, Assistant Professor, Art History
Apostolos Mantas, Assistant Professor, Byzantine Archaeology and Art
Andreas Vlachopoulos, Assistant Professor, Prehistoric Archaeology
Aris Sarafianos, Lecturer, Art History

Modern History Section

Georgios Papageorgiou, Professor, Economic and Social History of Hellenism under Ottoman rule
Konstantinos Komis, Professor, Modern Greek History
Aikaterini Zaridi-Vassiliou, Assistant Professor, Modern History
Anna Mandylara, Assistant Professor, Modern Greek History
Georgios Nikolaou, Assistant Professor, Modern Greek History
Anna Mahera, Lecturer, Contemporary European History (19th - 20th c.)
Leda Papastefanaki, Lecturer, Contemporary Greek Economic History (20th century)
Lampros Flitouris, Lecturer, Contemporary European History (19th - 20th c.)
Nikolaos Anastasopoulos, Lecturer, Modern Greek History

Folklore Section

Konstantina Bada, Professor, Social Folklore
Vassilis Nitsiakos, Professor, Social Folklore
Marina Vrelli-Zachou, Associate Professor, Folklore
Marilena Papachristophorou, Assistant Profesor, Social Folklore
Renata Dalianoudi, Lecturer, Music Tradition

The Department's teaching duties are supplemented by temporary teaching staff.

Career prospects - New fields of specialisation

Graduates of the Department of History and Archaeology can build an academic career in the fields of History, Archaeology and Folklore or find employment:

  • as school teachers in public and private education and training.
  • in research institutions, study centres, archive services, libraries, museums, the Greek National Tourism Organisation.
  • at cultural centres and Institutions aiming at promoting cultural heritage.
  • in the archaeological service of the Ministry of Culture, Local Government.
  • at a diplomatic service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • in the field of printed and electronic press.

Postgraduate studies

The Department has established two Postgraduate Study Programmes (PSP): a) the Interdepartmental PSP in Medieval Studies in conjunction with the Department of Philology, and b) the Intersectional PSP entitled "Modern and Contemporary Greek Society: History-Popular Culture".


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