Michael Cosmopoulos

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Michael Basil Cosmopoulos (Greek: Μιχαήλ Βασιλείου Κοσμόπουλος; born 1963). Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology. Fellow, Academy of Science St. Louis; member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada.[1] Holder of the Endowed Professorship in Greek Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis.[2]

As of August 2001, Dr. Michael Cosmopoulos is the Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Endowed Professor of Greek Studies [1] and Professor of Archaeology with the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at University of Missouri-St. Louis. Before that, he was Professor of Classics and Anthropology and Director of the Centre for Hellenic Civilization of the University of Manitoba [2], in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

He has studied Archaeology, Ancient History, Anthropology, and Classical Languages at the University of Athens (B.A., summa cum laude, 1981), the University of Sorbonne-Paris IV (D.E.U.G., 1983), and Washington University in St. Louis (M.A. 1986, Ph.D. 1991). He also holds a Diploma in Underwater Archaeology from the Council of Europe (1984).

He has published 16 books and more than 100 articles and scholarly papers on the archaeology, culture, and socio-political history of ancient Greece. He has excavated at several ancient sites, including Eleusis, Mycenae, Epidauros, Ancient Corinth, Ithaca, Pylos, Oropos,and Olbia. Since 1999 he directs the Iklaina Archaeological Project. Some of his books are:

2015: Bronze Age Eleusis and the Origins of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

2014: The Sanctuary of Demeter at Eleusis. The Bronze Age, Vols. I-II. Library of the Athens Archaeological Society 295-296, Athens.

2007 : Experiencing War: Trauma and Society in Ancient Greece and Today. Ares Publishers, Chicago.[18] ISBN 978-0056064973.

2004 : The Parthenon and Its Sculptures. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge[19]ISBN 978-0521836739.

2004 : Η Νάξος και το Κρητομυκηναϊκό Αιγαίο. Στρωματογραφία, Κεραμική και Οικονομική Οργάνωση του Υστεροελλαδικού Οικισμού στη Γρόττα. Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών, Δημοσιεύματα Περιοδικού Αρχαιογνωσία, Αρ. 3 ([2])

2003 : Greek Mysteries. The Archaeology and Ritual of Greek Secret Cults. Routledge, London and New York ISBN 978-0415248730. [3]. Greek translation: Ελληνικά Μυστήρια. Αρχαιολογία και Τελετουργικό των Αρχαίων Ελληνικών Μυστηριακών Λατρειών, Eκδόσεις Ενάλιος, Αθήνα 2007 ISBN 978-960-536-277-5(reviews here: [5] & [6] & [7])

2001 : The Rural History of Ancient Greek City-States: the Oropos Survey Project. British Archaeological Reports-International Series 1001, Oxford ISBN 9781841712826 ([8])

2001-2008 : Journal of Modern Hellenism (co-editor, with A. Gerolymatos, H. Psomiades, C. Ioannides) [9]

1992 : Macedonia. An Introduction to its Political History. Manitoba Studies in Classical Civilization. Winnipeg ([10])

1991 : The Early Bronze 2 in the Aegean. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology XCVIII. Jonsered.

1984 : Νεολιθική Μικρά Ασία. Αθήνα

1982 : Αρχαικα Εργαστήρια Γλυπτικής. Η Σάμος. Αθήνα

1981 : Υστεροελλαδικοί Θαλαμωτοί Τάφοι. Αθήνα

1979 : Περικλής. Εκδόσεις Παπαδήμα. Αθήνα.

He has also been a major player in the promotion of Greek Studies in North America. In Canada he has founded the Pan-Macedonian Association of Manitoba, the interdisciplinary Centre for Hellenic Civilization of the University of Manitoba, and the Canadian Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles. In the US he built the Greek Studies Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, established the Nicholas and Theodora Matsakis Greek Culture Center, and organized several international conferences and events promoting Greek culture.

For his research accomplishments he has been awarded the Canada Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Humanities. He has also received numerous teaching awards, including the Archaeological Institute of America Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science St. Louis and a National Geographic Society Explorer.


  1. ^ "Royal Society of Canada New Fellows" (PDF).
  2. ^ Hoag, Hannah (December 2003). "A New Olympic Battleground". Discover. Retrieved 6 October 2010.

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