Panagiotis Roilos, Assistant Professor of Modern Greek, Ohio State University

Event Date: 
Friday, May 14, 1999 - 13:15

"The Image of Byzantium in Kazantzakis' Work". This lecture focused on the "Image of Byzantium in Kazantzakis' Work" drawing on Kazantzakis' prose and plays such as Report to Greco and Julian the Apostate. Panagiotis Roilos was born and raised in Greece. He studied at the University of Athens (B.A./Ptychion in Classics, Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature, 1991; class valedictorian) and Harvard University (Ph.D. in Modern Greek Studies, 1999). Before joining the Harvard faculty, he was Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University in the Department of Greek and Latin (1998-2000). He has written on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Greek literature and society, oral poetics, metaphor and ritual, Byzantine literature (11th-15th c.), premodern and modern literary theory, and comparative poetics. Professor Roilos is the author of the books C. P. Cavafy: The Economics of Desire (University of Illinois Press, 2007), Amphoteroglossia: A Poetics of the Twelfth-Century Medieval Greek Novel (Harvard University Press, 2005), and Towards a Ritual Poetics (2003; co-author with D. Yatromanolakis). Greek edition of the book, trans. by Manos Skouras and with a preface by Marcel Detienne entitled For an Anthropological Approach, (2005). His major publications include also the book Greek Ritual Poetics (co-editor; Harvard University Press, 2005).