Anysia Metrakos

B.A., University of Washington, 2011
anysia [at] berkeley [dot] edu

I received my B.A. in Classics (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Washington in 2011. My senior thesis, entitled “A Song of Deadly Desire”, explored Homer’s Sirens and sexuality in Late Antique allegory and was awarded the Rouvelas Essay Prize for Hellenic scholarship. I began my graduate career at Berkeley in 2012.

I work chiefly on Late Antique intellectual history and the material culture of the later Roman Empire. My research focuses on the power of images and perceptions of piety and the body in Late Antique thought. I am primarily interested in manifestations of holiness in the bodies, portraits, and biographies of pagan and Christian holy men and women. I have recently developed an interest in the relationship between children and parents in Late Antiquity and the role of the family in Christian asceticism. Additional areas of interest include urban topography, the reception of classical texts (Homer especially) in the later Roman and Byzantine empires, and Greek folk culture. 

Archaeological fieldwork and extensive travel throughout Europe and the Near East have provided a strong material foundation for my research and my understanding of the ancient world. I have excavated at Tel Dor, Israel, and two Late Antique sites in the Republic of Macedonia, and in Turkey, I participated in a field survey of Late Antique and Byzantine era churches in Cappadocia through Koç University.