M. Xanthou

Maria Xanthou

Visiting Fellow, Spring 2020

Hellenic Open University
Research Project
The Cultural Construction and Social Use of Eunoia in 4th c. BCE Decrees

Dr. Maria G. Xanthou, FHEA, is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol, teaches history of Greek civilization and culture at the Hellenic Open University, and is a Research Associate in Pindaric Studies at Harvard CHS. She has been awarded individual research scholarships and fellowships from Harvard CHS, University of Oxford, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Academic Excellence Scheme, Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation, and Nicos and Lydia Trichas Foundation for Education and European Culture. She taught Greek language and literature at the University of Leeds, Ancient History at the University of Bristol, and Greek and Latin languages, Literature, Ancient History, and Digital Classics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Open University of Cyprus and worked as a Research Associate of the Centre for Greek Language, Thessaloniki.

Her interests lie within the intersection of ancient history, material culture, and classical philology, and include epichoric identities in the coastline of Northern Greece, resilience in ancient communities and urban clusters, history of emotions, Greek lyric poetry, both monodic and choral (Stesichorus, Pindar, and Bacchylides), Aristophanic and Attic comedy (5th c. BCE), Attic rhetoric (Isocrates), history of classical scholarship (German classical scholarship of the 19th c.), textual criticism, literary theory, ancient theory of rhetoric (definition and use of asyndeton), and e-learning.

About the Research Project
The Cultural Construction and Social Use of Eunoia in 4th c. BCE Decrees

“The cultural construction and social use of eunoia in 4th c. BCE decrees” research project employs the methodological tools of the history of emotions as developed by the Annales School and further refined by modern historians. Its aim is to examine the proliferated use of eunoia in 4th c. BCE public discourse and its unique semantic flexibility in meeting new social needs and standards as a result of a deeper emotional appreciation and a conglomeration of emotional fulfillments and social practices. The research project focuses on the public display of eunoia in literary sources and decrees as an emotion resulting from social and cultural processes. It explores the interaction between the aforementioned primary sources. Among others, it examines those social circumstances, which generate its public display, being either in the form of a rhetorical speech or in the form of an official statement inscribed in stone. The survey also accounts for the proliferation and popularization of the use of eunoia, especially in the 4th c. BCE.