My research focuses on the art and architecture of the Hellenistic and Roman periods and undertakes to understand the ways in which the cultural interaction between Greeks and Romans informed their artistic production as well as the shaping of their built environment.
In my first monograph, I examined the architecture of Roman luxury villas around the Bay of Naples to address the cultural factors that informed it (OUP, 2014). I have also developed a VR digital model of the Villa of the Papyri that systematizes and visualizes data from past and ongoing archaeological fieldwork at the Villa and edited a volume on the Villa of the Papyri (De Gruyter, 2010). I am presently working on two projects. The first is generated by my research on luxury villa architecture and addresses the ways in which Roman ideas and idealization of landscape contributed to the creation of a novel language of architecture and landscape architecture. My second project focuses on the urban areas of late Hellenistic Delos in order to examine the rapid urbanization resulting from economic development on the island between 167 BCE and the sacks of 88 and 69 BCE (funded by the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship Scheme, FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF).
Dr Zarmakoupi will join CAHA in April 2015.