Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Department of Ancient and Byzantine World

So far, the research projects of the Department of Ancient and Byzantine World at IMS have focused on Modern Greek Literature. More specifically, research teams have attempted to fill basic gaps in the study of Modern Greek Literature (of the 19th and 20th century), by locating, reproducing and archiving primary material. The increase of documentation in these fields opens new perspectives in philological research, which have not, to date, attracted the interest they deserved. The results of these projects, whether completed or in progress, are expected to form the basis of a fruitful comparison between the Greek literary production and that of other European and Mediterranean peoples. To this end, seminars and workshops for students and the wider public have been organized.

IMS also plans to attract research projects in the fields of Ancient Greek and Byzantine Civilization, as well as to broaden the study of the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean, by including also other disciplines, such as Egyptology. Its aim is to ultimately become a research pillar for a diachronic study of Mediterranean civilizations, from antiquity to the present. To this end, the IMS hopes to attract researchers who, through large-scale collective projects, will contribute to the study of Mediterranean civilizations, either single-focus or using a comparative approach, and to develop collaborations with Universities and research centers in Greece and abroad.



Melina Tamiolaki

Associate Professor in Ancient Greek Literature
University of Crete
Curriculum vitae

Kostas Vlassopoulos

Associate Professor of Ancient History
University of Crete

Nikos Tsivikis

Postdoctoral researcher
Curriculum vitae

Research Projects


Leaders and Crisis Management in Ancient Greek Literature

Principal Investigator: Melina Tamiolaki, Dept. of Philology UoC
Host Institution: IMS/FORTH
Collaborating Institution: University of Crete


Byzantine Agricultural Landscape Across the Aegean

Principal Investigator: Nikos Tsivikis


Amorium Urban Archaeology Project

Amorium Urban Archaeology Project is a multi-disciplinary archaeological project focused on understanding the evolution of the urban settlement and the social relationships through the study of built space in Byzantine Amorium.

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