Zinon Papakonstantinou

Associate Professor of History and Classics

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Professor Papakonstantinou is a historian of Ancient Greek social and cultural history (law, sport, commensality, magic), especially of the archaic and classical period. He has written or edited three books on the subject, including, most recently, his edited collection on Sport, Bodily Culture and Classical Antiquity in Modern Greece. He also works on Greek epigraphy, Greek literature, and Classical Reception.


Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Humboldt-Forschungsstipendium für erfahrene Wissenschaftler), hosted by the University of Hamburg, Department of History. Project: Cursing for Justice. Magic and the Lawcourts in Classical Athens – monograph in preparation. Summers of 2013, 2014, 2015 and Spring 2016.



  • Sport and Identity in Ancient Greece, London: Ashgate, in preparation.

Articles and Chapters:

  • “Sport, Victory Commemoration and Elite Identities in Archaic Athens” forthcoming in Classica et Mediaevalia.
  • “Match Fixing and Victory in Greek Sport” forthcoming in Rheinisches Museum.
  • “Boys Will Be Boys: Agonistic Graffiti from Iasos” forthcoming in Gephyra.
  • “Binding Curses, Agency and the Athenian Democracy” forthcoming in I. Xydopoulos, E. Tounta and K. Vlassopoulos (eds), Violence and the City: Law, Space and Civic Identity in Antiquity, London: Ashgate, 2016.
  • Law, Litigation and Sport in Ancient Greece” forthcoming in Thomas Scanlon and Alison Futrell (eds), Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Family Traditions of Athletic Distinction in Archaic and Classical Athens” forthcoming in Nikephoros 27 (2014) [2015].
  • “Spectator-Athlete Interaction in Ancient Greek Athletics” in N. Gökalp et al. (eds), Vir doctus anatolicus. Studies in Memory of Sencer Şahin, Istanbul:  Kabalci Yayınevi, 2015, 797-805.
  •  “Ancient Critics of Greek Sport” in Paul Christesen and Donald Kyle (eds), A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity, Chichester and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, 320-331.
  • “Some Observations on Litigants and their Supporters in Athenian Judiciary defixiones” in A. Martínez Fernández, B. Ortega Villaro, H. Velasco López, H. Zamora Salamanca (eds), Ἄγαλμα. Ofrenda desde la Filología Clásica a Manuel García Teijeiro, Valladolid: Ediciones Universidad de Valladolid, 2014, 1027-1035.
  • “Ancient Sport Annual Bibliography: 2013” (with Sofie Remijsen), forthcoming in Nikephoros 26 (2013) [2015].
  • “Cimon the Elder, Peisistratus and the tethrippon Olympic Victory of 532 BCE” Journal of Ancient History 1.2 (2013), 99-118.
  • “Two Boxers in a Fourth-century B.C. Athenian defixio” in P. Mauritsch and C. Ulf (eds), Kultur(en). Formen des Alltäglichen in der Antike. Festschrift für Ingomar Weiler zum 75. Geburtstag, Graz: Grazer Universitätsverlag-Leykam, 2013, 367-377.
  • “Youth Sport Participation and Victory in Archaic Greece” in W. Petermandl and C. Ulf (eds), Youth – Sports – Olympic Games, Hildesheim: Weidmann, 2012, 121-130.
  • “Ancient Sport Annual Bibliography: 2012” (with Sofie Remijsen), Nikephoros 25 (2012), 265-290.
  • “The Athletic Body in Classical Athens: Literary and Historical Perspectives” International Journal for the History of Sport 29.12 (2012), 1657-1668.
  • “‘A delight and a burden’ (Hes. Sc. 400): Wine and Wine-Drinking in Archaic Greece” Ancient Society 42 (2012), 1-32.


Work in Progress:


  • Cursing for Justice: Magic and the Lawcourts in Classical Athens (monograph in preparation)
  • Attic Binding Curses: Text, Translation, Commentary, (edition of Attic binding curses, in collaboration with Werner Rieß and T. H. M. Gellar-Goad, in preparation).

Recently taught courses:

  • The Ancient World: Greece (HIST/CL 202)
  • The Ancient World: Rome (HIST/CL 203)
  • Athenian Democracy and Society in the Age of Aristophanes (CL/HIST 408)
  • Sport in the Ancient World (CL/HIST 209)
  • Mediterranean Traditions: Family, Society and the Divine (CL 104)
  • Greek Civilization (GL 100)


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Contact Information

Office: 1808 UH, MC 129
Phone: 312-355-1325
Fax: 312-413-1044
Email: zpapak@uic.edu