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Transatlantic Conversations 2016

Transatlantic Conversations are annual online meetings which aim at bringing together via technology Ohio University and Patras University intergenerational communities (students, postgraduates and professors alike) so as to discuss a wide range of topics related to the curricula of both departments (Classics and World Religions and the Department of Philology | Classics respectively).

More information coming soon! Stay tuned!


  • “Eros, with special attention to Aristophanes’ myth in the Symposium” (September 20th 2016 [timezone: 8:00am Ohio – 3:00pm Patras]): _ Poster is now available
  • “Classical Reception” (November 8th  2016 [timezone: 8:00am Ohio – 3:00pm Patras])
  • “Ancient ἐλευθέριοι τέχναι and modern liberal arts education” (November 22th 2016 [timezone: 8:00am Ohio – 3:00pm Patras])

Medea project

Proposal for the 1st Ohio-Patras Greek Play 2016 as a promo and intro for the Ohio-Patras Summer School “Greek in Greece” 



Suggested Greek Play for adaptation: Euripides’ Medea

1st Meeting Analysis of the Ancient Greek Play- Close reading of particular lines- Basic Bibliography
2nd Meeting Reception History of the Play- Main reception points (e.g. Seneca, Renaissance, Victorian period)
3rd Meeting Medea Today-Current Social problems at home and globally – Can the ancient play help us to negotiate current debates and in what ways?
4th Meeting Brainstorming between Ohio Students and Patras Buddies- Adapting and Recreating a passage of the play thematically, linguistically, dramatically, technologically
5th Meeting Performing the piece “transatlantically”. The Ohio students at home and Patras buddies at Patras. The Recorded performance will be used as promo and intro in Greek in Greece Summer school.


These five transatlantic meetings will give students on both sides the opportunity to get to know each other and work collectively on a project. The project itself which will be documented on social media giving students the experience of an engaging mutual collaboration. Parts of the process will be documented on camera, thus functioning as promo and intro for students who would not have attended the transatlantic meetings.

Finally, if the summer school takes place, students will be able to re-perform the whole adapted play at the Patras University Campus, thus re-living the experience more fully and from a different local perspective.


Department of Philology (History & Organisation)

The Department of Philology at the University of Patras was established in 1994 (Presidential Decree 305/94, Govt. Gazette163/4-10-1994) and admitted its first students in the academic year 1997-1998. The Department became administratively autonomous in the academic year 2001-2002, headed by A. Markos, Professor of Philosophy.

The Department comprises three sections:

and provides the following Programmes of Study:

  • Postgraduate Program (2-year Master’s course and Doctorate). Students may choose one of three options: (a) Classics, (b) Modern Greek Studies and (c) Linguistics.

A key aim of the Department is to create a range of interdisciplinary studies by encouraging co-operation among experts from different fields, different schools within the university and at other universities, from Greece and from abroad. As the Department is part of a university whose geographical location makes it one of the most important gateways into Greece from Europe, the Department of Philology encourages contact, joint research programmes and student and teacher exchanges with major universities in other countries.

In the years which have passed since it was established, the Department has been involved in a broad range of activities, including research and educational programmes, conferences, summer schools and visits from eminent invited scholars from all over the world.

The academic staff of the Department of Philology includes 24 Teaching and Research Staff members: 5 Professors, 7 Associate Professors, 10 Assistant Professors and 2 Lecturers. The department is active in various research programmes and collaborates with other European universities via the ERASMUS programme by encouraging student exchanges and visits by members of the Teaching and Research staff.

The Chairperson of the department is Dr. Katerina Kostiou, Professor of Modern Greek Literature, the Deputy Chairperson is Dr. George J. Xydopoulos, Associate Professor of Linguistics, and Mr. Fotis Kaspiris is the Departmental Secretary.

The highest administrative body of the Department is the General Assembly, made up of all members of the Teaching and Research Staff and by elected student representatives.


The UPatras Campus Facilities

The Department of Philology is located and functions in 8 autonomous storey buildings at the northwest side of the UPatras Campus, which are within walking distance.

The Department comprises of 3 amphitheatres of a capacity of 150 seats each, 1 departamental secretarial building, 2 teaching and research staff office buildings, 1 seminars and projects related building and 1 departamental teleconference, IT and laboratories building.

Students also have access to a variety of UPatras facilities inclusive of  UPatras Library, UPatras Sports Center, UPatras General Hospital, UPatras Full Catering Facilities, UPatras Conference and Cultural Center and UPatras Theater.

For an in situ overview of the UPatras facilities please use the map below.


Patras: A Student City

Patras with the University located on one side of the city (Rio) and the  Technological Institute at the other is a major Greek student city not only during the Carnival period but throughout the year.

In the Campus area students can study and work on their projects at various departamental student points (project room, reading room, conventiculum) and the university library while having access to wifi and a variety of books, articles and electronic databases. If you prefer to do your reading outdoors then the Campus offers you a lot of green areas or you can alternatively reach the Rio beach area which is in walking distance from the Campus (approximately 20-25 minutes on foot).

Outside the Campus there are plenty of spots where you can combine study and coffee. Polyedro, an iconic bookshop with a beautiful backyard in the heart of the city is a suggestion if you like to explore the contemporary Modern Greek literary and philological tradition. Locale, Discover, Bibliotheca and the private Library at Trion Navarxon are places where students gather to either study for their exams or co-work on their projects.

When it’s lunch time, daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served at two different restaurants in the Campus area. The first one is located at the Student Residence Hall, where breakfast is served from 07:00 a.m. to 09:00 a.m., lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. and dinner from 06:30 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. Meals are subsidised by UPatras and Erasmus/international students who wish to eat at low prices at the above restaurant should visit the Directorate of Student Affairs in order to obtain the Food Card after their registration at the Secretariat of their respective Department. The second  restaurant is located in the Park of Peace at the centre of the campus, across the Administration building. Furthermore, there are two in campus cafeterias offering snacks and drinks: one inside Building B and another one next to the North Chemistry Building.

For coffee and dinning outside the Campus there are diverse venues from the Marina to Agiou Nikolaou to Rega Feraiou and Gerokostopoulou streets covering a wide range of lifestyle choices and musical tastes. Nightlife is vivid during the summer both in the city and in the clubs at the Rio beach area.

When it comes to culture, except for the  events regularly organised by the UPatras cultural and conference center and the UPatras theater, performances are staged at the city’s theaters Apollo Public Theatre, Epikentro and Lithografeio. During the summer festival period a variety of performances are staged at the Roman Odeion. Cinemas are also a popular option with those offering film screenings outside (eg. Cine Castle Rio) to be ideal during the summer. To get to know Patras through centuries visits to the Mycenaean Cemetery Park, the Archaeological Museum of Patras, the  Roman Odeion, Patras Medieval Castle and Rio Castle, the Achaia Clauss Winnery, the Saint Andrew’s Church, Patras Lighthouse and the Rio-Antirrio bridge are a must.

If you are a sports person, the UPatras Sports Center offers an almost unlimited list of sports ranging from volleyball, basketball, football, swimming – water-polo, track – cross-country race, gymnastics (aerobics, pilates, yoga, body conditioning), muscle strengthening, traditional Greek dances, tennis, ping-pong, chess, martial arts, archery, sailing (open sea sailing). Located on the east side of the Campus the UPatras Sports Center comprises a cluster of fully renovated sports areas, such as a closed basketball and volleyball court with stands and electronic scoreboards, gymnastic and dance halls, a gym and a sauna. It also features high-standard outdoors sports areas for games and individual or group fitness sessions (a soccer field with lawn and stands, infrastructure for athletics, outdoor tennis and basketball courts).

Finally, the all time classic activity for students, tourists and residents alike in a city surrounded by the sea is swimming, sunbathing and generally unwinding or even working at the beach. The closest beach to the city is Plaz and attracts many people on a daily basis during both summer and winter. The nearest beach to the university is Rio beach. At the west of Patras, beaches like Kalogria, Kato Achaia, Lakkopetra and Gianniskari are warm and sandy with shallow waters. At the east, beaches like Agios Vassilios, Dimorigopoulos, Castelokabos, Psathopyrgos, Arachovitika and Rodini are mostly cold with deep waters and rocky coasts. Beautiful beaches for different tastes can be found as well at the Antirrio and Nafpaktos area, just opposite Patras which can be accessed in 20-25 minutes either by using the Rio-Antirrio bridge or taking the ferryboat.

DSC03314 DSC03284  Πολυεδρο 2 agiou nikolaou night

Patras city carnival Patras museumRoman Odeion 4 kalogria beach