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Maria at the Neues Museum in Berlin standing next to an Attic black-figure amphora dated to around 510 BC. The scene depicted on the vase shows Achilles and Aias playing a board game in a battle break during the Trojan War. The goddess Athena is also present.

Maria Papaioannou, PhD

  • English
  • College of Arts & Sciences


I was born and raised in Cyprus. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Greek philology with a specialization in Classics and a Master of Arts in Classics with a specialization in Latin Literature, both from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. After two years as a Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, I received my Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Florida in 2020. I wrote my thesis on the Hellenistic-era inscriptions from Artemidorus of Perge's rock-cut sanctuary on ancient Thera. 

I joined Howard University in 2022 as a lecturer in the department of English. I teach courses on Classical Mythology (Greco-Roman and Near-Eastern mythological narratives on gods and heroes) and Humanities I and II (A study of both ancient and modern literature).