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Endowed Professor

Professor Michael B. Cosmopoulosc

The Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor of Greek Studies and Professor of Archaeology

Phone: 314/516-6241



As of August 2001, Dr. Michael Cosmopoulos is the Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor of Greek Studies and Professor of Archaeology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  Before coming to St. Louis, he was Professor of Classics and founding Director of the Centre for Hellenic Civilization of the University of Manitoba, in Canada.

Professor Cosmopoulos studied Greek Archaeology, Ancient History, and Classical Languages at the University of Athens (B.A., summa cum laude, 1981), the University of Sorbonne-Paris IV (D.E.U.G., 1983), and Washington University in St. Louis (M.A. 1986, Ph.D. 1989). He also holds a Diploma in Underwater Archaeology from the Council of Europe (1984).

Professor Cosmopoulos’ research interests are the social, political, and cultural history of ancient Greece, about which he was published fourtneen books and more than one hundred articles and scholarly papers in international journals. He has excavated at several ancient sites in Greece and Ukraine, including Mycenae, Pylos, Epidauros, Ancient Corinth, Ithaca, Oropos, and Olbia. Currently, he directs two major fieldprojects in Greece: the Eleusis Archaeological Project, which studies the origins of ancient Greek mystery cults; and the Iklaina Archaeological Project, which investigates the origins of states and complex society in ancient Greece.  For his research accomplishments he has been awarded the Canada Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Humanities.

At UM-St. Louis Professor Cosmopoulos teaches courses on Greek culture, archaeology, mythology, literature, language, and history. At Manitoba he taught a wide range of courses, ranging from Greek language and literature to Greek Religion. His teaching extends beyond the classroom and in the field, where he has trained several hundred undergraduate and tens of graduate students in archaeological theory and methodology and in Greek archaeology, culture,  and history. In recognition of his teaching, the University of Manitoba has awarded him a Merit Award for Teaching (1991) and the prestigious Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999). In 2001 he was recommended for the national “Canadian Professor of the Year Award”. In 2003 he was awarded the Archaeological Institute of America Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Cosmopoulos is serving or has served as an Academic Trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America; a member of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens; a Board member for the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae; and a life member of the Archaeological Society of Athens. At the University of Manitoba he served as Vice-Provost of University College and founding Director of the Centre for Hellenic Civilization. Also he has served as President of the Winnipeg Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and of the Classical Association of Manitoba, and Vice-President of the Archaeological Institute of Canada.

Dr. Cosmopoulos has worked intensely for the promotion of  Classical Greek Studies in North America.  In Canada he founded the Centre for Hellenic Civilization of the University of Manitoba, the only university center in Canada dedicated to the study of Classical Greece. In the USA, he founded the Matsakis Hellenic Culture Center at the UM-St. Louis (see link above).

In 1993, in close cooperation with the Consulate General of Greece in Toronto and the Pan-Macedonian Association of Ontario he founded the Pan-Macedonian Association of Manitoba, of which he served as first president. In 1998, he established the Canadian Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles. He has been recommended by the Greek Embassy in Ottawa to receive the Order of Phoenix Decoration by the President of Greece. Since 1996 he has been included in the Canadian edition of Who is Who.