Tatiana Tsakiropoulou-Summers

Associate Professor of Classics

  • email: tsummers@ua.edu
  • phone (205) 348-3011
  • office location BB Comer Hall 238


  • PhD, University of Illinois

Research Areas

  • women and democracy
  • women in antiquity
  • gender studies
  • epic poetry
  • tragedy


Dr. Tsakiropoulou-Summers’s research interests include women and democracy, women in antiquity, gender studies, epic poetry, and tragedy. She is working on a book on women in Athenian democracy.

Her teaching interests include the following:

  • All levels of Greek and Latin languages
  • Cultural courses:  Ancient Greek History; Classics in Film; Ancient Greek Civilization & Culture; Alexander the Great; Survey of Latin Literature from Translation; Women in Ancient Greece; Roman Family; Greek & Latin Roots of Medical Terminology
  • Greek Literature: Sophocles’ Antigone, Homer’s Odyssey; Homer’s Iliad; Aristophanes’ Lysistrata; Lysias’ Kata Eratosthenous; Plato’s Apology; New Testament Greek
  • Latin Literature: Sallust; Lucretius; Plautus’ Amphitruo; Catullus; Martial; Cicero’s Philippics I and In Catilinam; Horace’s Ars Poetica
  • Modern Greek: Beginning & Intermediate levels.

In addition, she has held the following positions at UA:

  • The University of Alabama, Blount Fellow (1998-2002): Teaching in the Blount Undergraduate Initiative Program (interdisciplinary): “The Foundations Course”
  • Director of the UA in Greece Summer Abroad Program (1996-Present):  I have organized and directed the Alabama-in-Greece program for The University of Alabama every summer since 1996.  Besides directing the program, I also teach a course on “Ancient Greek Civilization & Culture” at various archeological sites and museums throughout Greece.
  • Organizing Committee Member of the Alabama-Greece Initiative (2011-Present):  The UA has an official Agreement of Cooperation with Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), aiming at cultivating collaborative research projects between professors in the two universities as well as exchanges of professors, lecturers and students. For more information, visit the “Alabama Greece Initiative” page.

Selected Publications

Edited Book

  • Ballester, Paul de (ed.), My Exodus from Roman Catholicism (Bethlehem, PA: Saint Nicodemos Publications, 2010).

Edited Collection of Essays

  • Lessons from the Past: Women and the Formation of Ethnic Identity in Greek Culture, The Classical Bulletin (special issue) 80.2 (2004).

Book Chapter

  • “Hildegard of Bingen: The Teutonic Prophetess,” in Women Writing Latin, ed. Laurie Churchill et al., 3 vols. (Routledge Press: London 2002), vol. II, pp. 133-172.


  • “Helen of Troy: At the Crossroads Between Ancient Patriarchy & Modern Feminism,” Interdisciplinary Humanities (2013)
  • “Democracy and Women in the Ancient World,” The International Journal of Humanities 6 (2008) 7-14.
  • “Dido as Circe and the Attempted Transformation of Aeneas,” Collection Latomus: Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, 65 (2006) 236-283.
  • “Greece in the Historic Gignesthai: Article published as the sixth — and concluding — essay in the book Lessons from the Past: Women and the Formation of Ethnic Identity in Greek Culture, The Classical Bulletin  vol. 80.2 (2004) 281-318.
  • “Introduction”: Introductory essay for the volume Lessons from the Past: Women and the Formation of Ethnic Identity in Greek Culture, The Classical Bulletin vol. 80.2 (2004) 139-142.
  • Tantum potuit suadere libido: Religion and Pleasure in Polignac’s Anti-Lucretius,” The Eighteenth Century Thought 2 (2004) 165-205.
  • “Changing the Pattern: Vergilian Archetypes in Byatt’s Possession,” in Hermes and Aphrodite Encounters, ed. by Metka Zupancic (SUMMA Publications: Birmingham, Ala., 2004) 185-194.
  • “Ancient Greek Myths and the Emergence of New Archetypes,” in Ancient Greece and the Modern World (Patras University Press, Greece, 2003) 207-213.
  • “Lambinus’ Edition of Lucretius: Using Plato and Aristotle in Defense of the De rerum natura,Classical and Modern Literature 21 (2001) 45-70.
  • “Horace, Philodemus and the Epicureans at Herculaneum,” Mnemosyne 5.4, 51 (1998) 20-29.

Book Reviews

  • Alan H. Sommerstein, Greek Drama and Dramatists (London and New York: Routledge, 2002) in Religious Studies Review 30.1 (January 2004) 62.
  • John E. Thorburn, Jr., ed., The Alcestis of Euripides (Lewiston, New York; Queenston, Ontario; Lampeter, Wales: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002) in Religious Studies Review 30.1 (January 2004) 62.
  • Mark Ringer, Electra and the Empty Urn: Metatheatre and Role Playing in Sophocles (Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press:1998) in Religious Studies Review 26.1 (2000): 80.
  • C. Calame, Choruses of Young Women in Ancient Greece: Their Morphology, Religious Role and Social Functions, translated by D. Collins & J. Orion (Lanham, MD 1997), in Religious Studies Review 24.2 (1998): 188.
  • D. Obbink, Philodemus on Poetry: Poetic Theory and Practice in Lucretius, Philodemus, and Horace (Oxford 1995), in Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 33 (1996): 187-201.
  • R. Rehm, Marriage to Death (Princeton 1994), in Religious Studies Review 21 (1995): 228-29.