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Classics Faculty Group

To view the personal profile, curriculum vitae, and other information on each faculty member, please click on his/her name below, or on the corresponding links to the left. From the left Katerina Zacharia, Chiara Sulprizio, Matthew Dillon, William Fulco, SJ.


Katerina Zacharia, PhD

Katerina Zacharia is a Professor of Classics at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Athens, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Classics from University College London. Her main interests and publications are in Greek literature, especially drama and epic, and its reception; the social and political history of archaic and classical Greece; Greek ethnicity; Greek cinema; classical reception; visual culture; tourism and heritage studies. She is the author of Converging Truths: Euripides’ Ion and the Athenian Quest for Self-Definition (Leiden: Brill 2003), and editor and major contributor for Hellenisms: Culture, Identity and Ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity (Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum 2008). In 2010-11, she received two consecutive Research Fellowships, the first by the Initiative for Heritage Conservancy, and the second, an Onassis Senior Foreign Fellowship, for her work on Greek tourism in the interwar period and spent a year in Athens. In 2011, she wrote two articles on “Nelly’s iconography of Greece” and on “Postcards from Greece: The uses of antiquity in interwar tourist photographs”, currently under peer-review for publication in edited volumes. She is currently working on a study of the Greek pavilion in the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Prof. Zacharia is an experienced organizer of theatrical performances and workshops, artistic events, and film retrospectives.

Courses Offered:
Greek (all levels)
LATN 201; Catullus; Virgil; Plautus
CLCV 200: Classical Epic
CLCV 210: Greek Tragedy
CLCV 220: Ancient Comedy
CLCV 353: Religions of the Greeks and Romans
CLCV 454: Greek Cinema
CLCV 455: Ancient World on Film
CLCV 467: Greece: Past to Present

Note: Current as of August 2013. 

William Fulco, SJ, PhD

William Fulco, S.J., is the National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Loyola Marymount University. In addition to his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Yale University, he holds graduate degrees in Classics, Philosophy and Theology. His interests encompass ancient languages, archaeology and Biblical studies, all of which he teaches at LMU. He has published widely in reconstructive Afro-asiatic linguistics, Canaanite religion and mythology, Old Testament studies, and Classical Numismatics. He curates the Jesuit archaeology museum in Jerusalem, and oversees the Archaeology Center and Library at LMU which he established in 1998.

Courses Offered:
ARCH 201 & 301: Hebrew
ARCH 303: Ancient Near Eastern Languages
ARCH 363: (= THST 398) Archaeology and the Bible
ARCH 401: Near Eastern Archaeology
ARCH 403: Classical Numismatrics
ARCH 404: Egyptology
ARCH 410: Archaeology Field Experience
ARCH 411: Archaeology Lab

Note: Current as of August 2013.


Matthew Dillon, PhD

Prof. Matt Dillon is Chair of Classics and Archaeology. He received his BA in Classics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1974, and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1984. After three years at Smith College, he joined the LMU faculty in 1987. His research interests have grown from early publications on Greek tragedy and comedy to include connections between eastern and western traditions, the pronunciation of ancient Greek and Latin, and, most recently, survey archaeology in Rough Cilicia (southern Turkey). He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Philological Association in 2007. He has also worked in the film and television industry as an advisor and dialogue translator for the Da Vinci Code and the television series Caprica.


Courses Offered:
All Levels of Greek and Latin
CLCV 200: Classical Epic
CLCV 210: Greek Tragedy
CLCV 220: Ancient Comedy
CLCV 230: Ancient Historians
CLCV 301: Greek Civilization
CLCV 451: Classical Mythology

Note: Current as of August 2013.


Chiara Sulprizio, PhD

Prof. Chiara Sulprizio, PhD is a Visiting Assistant Professor for academic year 2013-14. She received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Southern California in 2007. Her research focuses on issues of sexuality and gender as they manifest themselves throughout the ancient world, particularly in Greek and Roman comedy. She is also interested in ancient geography and the use of space in Greece and Rome. Her recent work has touched upon both of these areas of interest: she has given papers on women's roles in the early plays of Aristophanes and on geopolitics in Herodotus' 'Histories'. She also has an article forthcoming in a collection entitled 'Classics and Comics', which discusses the role of sex and love in Eric Shanower's graphic novel about the Trojan war, 'Age of Bronze'. Finally, Chiara has taught (and enjoyed!) a wide range of courses in her time at USC and at Hamilton College that reflect her interests, including Women in Antiquity, Roman Civilization, Roman Satire and Pagans and Christians.

Courses Offered:
LATN 101 Elementary Latin I
LATN 201 Intermediate Latin
LATN 312 Virgil
GREK 101 Elementary Greek
GREK 201 Intermediate Greek
CLCV 301 Greek Civilization
CLCV 220 Ancient Comedy

Note: Current as of August 2013.