Afroditi Angelopoulou

Assistant Professor of Classics
Afroditi Angelopoulou
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email Office PED 130A Office Phone (213) 740-4940

Research & Practice Areas

Greek Literature and Culture


  • Ph.D. Classics, University of Southern California, 2017
  • B.A. Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • M.A. Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Southern California, 2019 –

    Visiting and Temporary Appointments

    • Visiting Lecturer in Classics, Dartmouth College, 2017-2019
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    My first book project, entitled The Body and the Senses in Greek Tragedy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) evaluates the role of embodied experience in the construction of dramatic narratives, and in the generation and communication of meaning. Such an embodied approach, it is argued, can open up a fruitful line of inquiry into how drama can be experienced in live performance but also through a text. By considering the body not only as an object of inquiry but also as a hermeneutic tool, my study seeks to offer a compelling methodology for studying language, subjective experience and performance reception in the field of drama. Beyond Attic drama, my research interests include Homeric epic, lyric, Hellenistic literature and Greek philosophy, especially ethics and aesthetics. I am also interested in the cultural and intellectual history of the senses in literary sources, and in particular in the status of sensory experience in Plato’s writings. My second project will focus on the sociology, ethics and aesthetics of the sense of taste in the Platonic corpus.

  • Book

    • Angelopoulou, A. (2023). The Body and the Senses in Greek Tragedy. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

    Book Chapters

    • Angelopoulou, A. (2023). “The Dynamics of Physical, Aesthetic and Cultural Taste in Aristophanes”. In Sensing Greek Drama pp. 71-91. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
    • Angelopoulou, A. (2022). “Political Affect, Gender, and the Theater in Classical Athens”. In The Routledge Companion to Gender and Affect. pp. 421-30. Routledge.
    • Angelopoulou, A. (2018). “Feeling Words: Embodied Metaphors in Seven Against Thebes”. In Psychology and the Classics pp. 62-76. De Gruyter.

    Journal Article

    • Angelopoulou, A. (2022). “Making Sense of Plato’s Taste”. Classical Philology. Vol. 117 (1), pp. 24-44.
    • Angelopoulou, A. (2021). “Gesture, Metaphor and the Body in Trojan Women”. American Journal of Philology. Vol. 142, pp. 597-627.
    • Angelopoulou, A. (2020). “Problematizing aisthesis: The Disruption of Shared Affectivity in the Ajax”. TAPA. Vol. 150 (1), pp. 39-64.
    • The Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies Fellow, 2021-2022