Dr Mantha Zarmakoupi MA, MSt, DPhil

Birmingham Fellow in Visual and Material Culture of Classical Antiquity

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

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Contact details

Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

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.

Qualifications

  • DPhil in Classical Archaeology (University of Oxford, St John’s College)
  • MSt in Classical Archaeology, (University of Oxford, S. John’s College)
  • MA Design Studies in History and Theory of Architecture (Harvard University, Graduate School of Design)
  • BA/MA in Architecture and Engineering (National Technical University of Athens)

Biography

I received my MSt and DPhil in Classical Archaeology from Oxford University. Prior to this I studied Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and gained a Master of Design Studies in History and Theory from Harvard University. I have taught at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, the European College of Liberal Arts (of Bard College), Oxford, and Harvard. I have held research fellowships at Freie Universität in Berlin (TOPOI), New York University (ISAW), the University of Cologne, the Getty Research Institute and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies. I currently hold a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF), which I will complete before joining Birmingham in April 2015.

Postgraduate supervision

Greek and Roman art and architecture; Greek and Roman urbanism; landscape architecture and representation of landscape in antiquity; computer applications in art history and classical archaeology

Research

I am currently working on two projects. The first one focuses on the idea of landscape in Roman luxury villas. I examine the architecture of Roman luxury villas together with the literary and visual representations of natural scenery in order to address the ways in which Roman ideas and idealization of landscape contributed to the creation of a novel language of architecture and landscape architecture.

A 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. The mixed-use neighborhoods attest to the cultural and religious diversity of the island during this period and serve as case studies for the ties between economic development and urbanization. I examine the neighborhoods as microcosms of the changes that Delos underwent during the late Hellenistic period. By combining analysis of the urban form with an evaluation of economic growth, public administration and private initiatives, this project will offer a new approach to the study of urbanism in classical antiquity.

Publications

Books

  • Designing for luxury on the Bay of Naples (c. 100 BCE – 79 CE): villas and landscapes, Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture and Representation. Oxford: OUP (2013). Nominated for the 2009 James Ackerman Award in the history of architecture; Co-winner of the 2009 “L’Erma” di Bretschneider Award in Archaeology (declined)
  • The Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum: Archaeology, Reception, and Digital Reconstruction, edited by M. Zarmakoupi. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter (2010)

Chapters in books

  • “Villa Anguillara Sabazia near lake Braciano”.  In Proceedings of the Villa Seminarium. Roman Villas around the Urbs: Interaction with Landscape and Environment, Rome 2004, edited by B.S. Frizell and A. Klynne, 151-8. Rome: Swedish Institute at Rome (2005)
  • “The Roman villa and its cultural landscape from the late Republic to the early Empire”. In Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science and Humanities: The Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Boston 2003, edited by A. Brauer, C. Mattusch and A. Donohue, 245-248. Oxford: Oxbow Books (2006)
  • “Designing the landscapes of the Villa of Livia at Prima Porta”. In Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977-2007, edited by D. Kurtz et al., 269-276. Oxford: Studies in Classical Archaeology, The Beazley Archive Series (2008)
  • “The peristylium-garden in Roman luxury villas: an architectural and cultural history”. In Städtisches Wohnen im östlichen Mittelmeerraum. 4. Jh. v. Chr. - 1. Jh. n. Chr, edited by S. Ladstätter and V. Scheibelreiter, 621-631.Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (2010)
  • “Light design concepts in Roman luxury villa architecture”. In Licht - Konzepte in der vormodernen Architektur, edited by U. Wulf-Rheidt and P. Schneider, 167-181 (DAI Diskussionen zur Archäologischen Bauforschung 10). Regensburg: Schnell und Steiner (2010)
  • “The digital model of the Villa of the Papyri: issues of reconstruction”. In The Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum: Archaeology, Reception, and Digital Reconstruction, edited by M. Zarmakoupi, 181-193. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter (2010)
  • “The digital model of the Villa of the Papyri: issues of reconstruction”. In The Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum: Archaeology, Reception, and Digital Reconstruction, edited by M. Zarmakoupi, 181-193. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter (2010)
  • Porticus and cryptoporticus in Roman luxury villas: architectural design and cultural implications”. In Pompeii: Cultural Standards, Practical Needs, edited by K. Cole, E. Poehler and M. Flohr, 41-52. Oxford: Oxbow books (2011)
  • “Entertainment and public buildings”. In Blackwell Companion to Roman Republican Archaeology, edited by J. DeRose Evans, 33-49. Oxford: Blackwell (2013)
  • “Private Villas”. In Blackwell Companion to Roman Architecture, edited by C. Quenemoen and R. Ulrich, 363-380. Oxford: Blackwell (2013)
  • “Was there a villa culture in Roman Greece?”. In Farms and villae rusticae in Greece during the Roman period, MELETHMATA 68, edited by A. Rizakis and F. Camia, 752-761. Athens: National Hellenic Research Foundation (2013)

Articles

  • “The architectural design of luxury villas around the bay of Naples”. AMOENITAS.Rivista di Studi Miscellanei sulla Villa Romana 1 (2010), edited by M. Aoyagi and C. Angelelli, 33-41
  • “Τα χαρακτηριστικά των ρωμαϊκών επαύλεων της Καμπανίας. [The characteristic features of Roman villas in Campania]” Αρχαιολογία και Τέχνες [Archaeology and the Arts] 114 (2010), 50-58
  • “The Quartier du Stade on late Hellenistic Delos: a case study of rapid urbanisation”. NYU ISAW Papers 6 (2013). Available at: <http://dlib.nyu.edu/awdl/isaw/isaw-papers/6>
  • “The city of late Hellenistic Delos and the integration of economic activities in the domestic sphere”. CHS Research Bulletin Vol. 1, Issue 2 (2013). Available at: http://wp.chs.harvard.edu/chs-fellows/2013/10/25/the-city-of-late-hellenistic-delos/

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