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Panagiotis Roilos

Faculty Associate


Panagiotis Roilos

Panagiotis Roilos is George Seferis Professor of Greek Studies and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University. He specializes in Greek cultural history within its broader European and Mediterranean contexts. His research interests include literature and politics, cognitive anthropology, comparative poetics, and cultural constructions of the past. His current research focuses on the appropriation of Greek antiquity by the Nazis. He co-chairs the Seminar on Cultural Politics at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Roilos is author of C. P. Cavafy: The Economics of Metonymy (2009) and Amphoteroglossia: A Poetics of the Twelfth-Century Medieval Greek Novel, and Towards a Ritual Poetics (with D. Yatromanolakis, 2003). His major publications also include Imagination and Logos: Essays on Cavafy (edited 2010) and Greek Ritual Poetics (co-edited, 2005). In January 2018, Roilos received an honorary doctorate from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.


  • George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
  • President, Administration Council, European Cultural Center of Delphi
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University