Sophia Papaioannou is Professor of Latin Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Philology, where she has been teaching since 2007.  Originally from Trikala, Greece, she studied Classical Philology at the University of Crete  (BA 1988-1992) and the University of Texas at Austin (MA 1995; PhD 1998). Her doctoral work on Vergil's Aeneid and the reflection therein of Augustus' appropriation of Greek mythology was supervised by Karl Galinsky. Prior to joining the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, she taught for several years at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of Akron, Ohio, and the University of Cyprus.  

Her Research Interests include Latin epic, especially Vergil and Ovid; the Literature and Cultural politics of the Augustan Age; Roman comedy; and the Greek Epic of the Late Antiquity, especially Nonnos. In recent decades she has been working on the interaction between the Greek and Latin traditions in Late Antiquity, alike in the worlds of the Greek East and the Latin West, and she has been publishing and lecturing on the leading intellectual of the Greek Enlightenment Eugenios Voulgaris. She is also working and supervising doctoral work on the first Greek translations of Latin authors in 19th and early 20th century Greece.  Future plans include work that would highlight the importance of Latin as the lingua franca and cornerstone for the formation of the Western European cultural identity.