Plastira-Valkanou Maria

Assistant Professor
2310 997086
213 n.b.
Office Hours: 
Monday 11.00-12.00, Friday 11.00-12.00

Maria Plastira-Valkanou studied Classical Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (First Degree 1979), at Birkbeck College of the University of London and at the Rijksuniversiteit of Gent, Belgium (Ph. D. 1987). She has taught at the Department of History of the Ionian University (1987-1988), at the School of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1988-1990) and at the School of Philology, Department of Classics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as a Lecturer from 1991 till 1998 and as an Assistant Professor from 2000 till today.

Her research and teaching interests focus on Epigrammatic Poetry, Ancient Greek Novel, Epos, Historiography and Hellenistic Poetry.

Plastira-Valkanou Maria

Curriculum Vitae


Birkbeck College, University of London and Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Department of Classics (Ph. D).
First Degree in Classical Philology, Department of Classics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


(Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1987) A Stylistic Commentary on the Epigrams by Antipater of Thessalonica (Supervisors: G. Giangrande, H. Van Looy).


Research and Teaching Fellow, Department of History, Ionion University.
Research and Teaching Fellow, School of Theology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Lecturer, School of Philology, Department of Classics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Assistant Professor, School of Philology, Department of Classics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


ARTICLES (Selection)

  1. “Επίγραμμα ηρωελεγείον Ιππολύτου”, ΘΗΣΑΥΡΙΣΜΑΤΑ 28 (1998) 209-222.
  2. “Medicine and Fine Cuisine in Plato’s Gorgias”, AC 67 (1998) 195-201.
  3. “Lovers apart: An Epigram by Meleager”, BICS 43 (1998) 181-184.
  4. “Alcmena’s dream in Moschus’ Megara: An interpretation in the light of ancient ονειροκρισία”, Habis 30 (1999) 127-134.
  5. “Love-dreams in the Anthology”, AC 68 (1999) 275-282.
  6. “Dreams in the Novel of Xenophon Ephesius”, SO 76 (2001) 137-149.
  7. “AP 11.281: A Satirical Epitaph on Magnus of Nisibis”, AC 72 (2003) 187-194.
  8. “Agathias AP 11.382: corruption and ostentation, an epigram deriding a physician”, Mnemosyne 56 (Fasc. 5) 590-597.
  9. “The praise of eminent physicians in the Greek Anthology”, Volume in Honour of Professor D. Lypourlis, 441-474, Thessaloniki 2004.
  10. “Athenion and the Horse” in Αντιφίλησις: Studies on Classical Byzantine and Modern Greek Literature and Culture in Honour of John-Theophanes A. Papademetriou, 379-385, Stuttgart 2009.
  11. “A riddling epigrammatic diptych (Dioscorides AP 7.37 and 7.707)” in Παραχορήγημα Μελετήματα για το Αρχαίο Θέατρο προς τιμήν του Καθηγητή Γ. Μ. Σηφάκη, 605-626, Heraklio 2010.
  12. “Η Ποίηση στην Αρχαία Μακεδονία” in Μακεδονία από τον 7o αιώνα π. Χ. ως την ύστερη αρχαιότητα (ed D. B. Grammenos), 615-636,  Thessaloniki 2011.
  13. “The image of Athenians in the Greek Anthology”, in press.
  14. “Lampon’s episode in Xenophon’s Ephesiaca: The reformulation of a goatherd”, in press in Symbolae Osloenses 2014.


  • Epigram
  • Ancient Greek Novel
  • Hellenistic Poetry
  • Epos
  • Historiography