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George is a first-year PhD student in Classics supervised by Dr. Caroline Vout. His doctorate will focus on the material evidence of Roman Greece, particularly on portraits, as a means of examining the transformation of Hellenic identity during the Imperial period. He completed his MPhil in Classics in Cambridge (2018), following a Bachelor’s in Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Athens (2017). Spurred by his interest in ancient formulations of identity in art and text, George has decided to concentrate on the case of Roman Greece, wherein we can trace a vibrant interplay between Roman authority and Hellenic culture. By deploying not only detailed analysis of sculptural evidence but also, where possible, archaeological context, his PhD sets out to investigate aspects of contemporary portraiture which enhance our understanding of pivotal historical and cultural developments. 

Other academic interests

Broader interests include the art and visual culture of the Greco-Roman East, the dynamic nature of provincial identity within the Roman empire, the dialectics between self-presentation strategies and cultural choice in Classical Antiquity, Late Antique and Early Byzantine Art.   

Faculty: Classics
Supervisor: Caroline Vout
College: Magdalene
AHRC subject area: Classics
Title of thesis (preliminary): From Greek to Roman: Portraits and Identity in Roman Greece
 Georgios  Koukovasilis