Vita: Dr. Vassiliki Pothou

Dr. Vassiliki Pothou (Greece, 1970)

Diploma in Classical Philology


V. Pothou was born in Crete and grew up in Athens. After her studies in Athens, she accomplished her Master and PhD in Paris in 1994 and 1998 on Thucydides. After Paris she worked as Assistant of the Diccionario Griego Espanol in Madrid. Since 2002 she lives in Berlin. From 2006 to 2008 she was fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and worked at the University of Regensburg in the Institute of Classical Philology. In collaboration with Prof. G. Rechenauer, she organized in 2008 an international conference in Regensburg on Thucydides as a “Violent Teacher”. Together with Prof. A. Powell (Wales), she organized an international conference in Regensburg on “Ancient Sparta” in 2009. Since October 2009 she works with Prof. L. Käppel at the University of Kiel (Institute of Classical Philology) in the interdisciplinary project “Human Development in Landscapes”. She has published until now two books and some articles on Thucydides and related issues. Together with Prof. L. Käppel, she organized an interdisciplinary conference in "European Cultural Centre of Delphi" on "Human Development in Sacral Landscapes: Between Ritual Tradition, Creativity and Emotionality" in May 2011.

PhD Thesis: “The role and the place of the digressions in the work of Thucydides”. The study of the digressions of Thucydides constitutes a subject more complex than that of the digressions of Herodotus. We are confronted not only with the problem of the unity of his work and of the Ionian influence that it was subject to, but also with the theoretical awareness of the author, his innovatory spirit and his literary talent. The study of the function and place of digressions in the main narrative of Thucydides proves that it has main traits such as unity of content and of style. Herodotus is not the only “historian-artist” and we can add that if Herodotus is an “historical artist” (according to F. Jacoby), Thucydides is an “artistic historian”, in that his art concerns -among other things- the insertion of digressions into the body of the main narrative.



Studies of Classical Philology (ancient Greek and Latin) at the University of Athens
Master at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne.
Title of the Master: Dionysius of Halikarnassos, Longinus and Lucian on the stylistic Particularities of Thucydides
Supervisors: Prof. S. Follet, Prof. J. Laborderie
1994-1998 PhD Studies at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne in collaboration with the École N


ormale Supérieure. Academic Degree: Dr. phil. Dissertation mark: Supervisors: Prof. S. Follet (Paris IV), Prof. M. Trédé (ENS).
Title of the PhD thesis: The role and the place of digressions in the work of Thucydides



Professional Experience


Military Navy School of Athens-Votanikos (Ancient Greek and Roman strategy).
Assistant of the Diccionario Griego Español in Madrid (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Institute of Philology).

Project leader: Prof. F. R. Adrados (University of Madrid, Real Academia Española), Prof. El. Gangutia Elilegui (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas).
2002-2004 Historical Commentary on the “Archaeology” of Thucydides for the University of Athens.
Historical Commentary on the “Pentekontaetia” of Thucydides.
March 2007 - February 2009
Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Research topic: Two historians, two works, two wars, one style? Intertextuality between the works of Thucydides and Flavius Josephus.
Project leader: Prof. G. Rechenauer
March 2009 - September 2009
University of Regensburg, Institute of Classical Philology.
since October 2009
Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Classical Philology – Graduate School “Human Development
in Landscapes”, University of Kiel.