Sophia Xenophontos#

Sophia Xenophontos
Membership Number:6805
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:GREECE

Present and Previous Positions
  • 2022 - present Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Literature, Department of Philology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2018 - 2022 Lecturer in Classics (Grade 8, permanent position), Department of Classics, University of Glasgow, UK
  • 2014 - 2018 Lecturer in Classics (Grade 7), Department of Classics, University of Glasgow, UK
  • 2013 - 2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Philology and Archaeology, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium
  • 2012 - 2013 Visiting Lecturer in Classics, Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus
  • 2010 - 2011 Language Instructor, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, UK

Fields of Scholarship
  • Reception of the classical tradition in Byzantium and the Modern Greek Enlightenment
  • Greek literature of the 1st and 2nd century CE
  • Plutarch: biography, popular philosophy, moralising techniques
  • History of medical deontology in antiquity
  • Intellectual history and history of ideas in antiquity and the medieval period
  • History of emotions and psychotherapy
  • Commentary tradition especially on Aristotle’s works
  • Edition, textual criticism and translation of ancient and Byzantine texts
  • Galen: interplay between medicine and practical philosophy, the social role of philosophy

Honours and Awards
  • 2024 - to date Member of Academia Europaea
  • 2022 - to date External collaborator for the project ‘Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in Byzantine Thought and Culture’ (Academy of Athens and CNRS, Paris: Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes)
  • 2018 - 2021 ‘Exceptional Contribution’ Award for three years in a row by the University of Glasgow. Xenophontos' contribution to the University in terms of research, teaching, funding generation, leadership and management, impact and esteem was highly praised. This award, accompanied by £1000 each time, is granted to only 8% of the University’s members of staff
  • 2020 - to date Academic advisor (by invitation) for the series “Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism” of Layman Poupard Publishing, LLC, USA
  • 2020 - to date Academic advisor (by invitation) for the research project 'Sourcebook of Byzantine Philosophy' funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (Host Institution: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens).
  • 2019 Elected Member of the AHRC Peer Review College, UK
  • 2018 Wellcome Trust University Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences, following a national competition among scholars from the humanities and the social sciences based in UK institutions (Awarded amount: £248,257)
  • 2018 Nominated for the Leverhulme Prize in Classics, a highly competitive scheme which recognises the achievement of outstanding young researchers in UK institutions, whose work has attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising
  • 2018 - to date External collaborator for the Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities: “Plutarch in Byzantium”, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • 2017 - 2018 Project Leader and Principal Investigator (PI) of the project “The reception of Aristotle in Byzantium: The first critical edition of George Pachymeres᾽ Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics” funded by the most prestigious funder in the UK, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) (success rate: 6%; total amount awarded: £249,784) (
  • 2016 Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education (PGCAP completed). Recognition reference: PR106638. Date of Recognition: 15/06/2016.
  • 2016 - to date External collaborator for the Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina (CAGB) project (under the auspices of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities)
  • 2016 - 2018 External collaborator for the Leverhulme-funded Network Project “Emotions through Time: From Antiquity to Byzantium”, PI Douglas Cairns, University of Edinburgh
  • 2011 - 2016 Academic Visitor, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford
  • 2013 - 2014 Wiener-Anspach Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Université libre de Bruxelles (£22,000)
  • 2013 - 2014 Mary O’ Seeger Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, USA (£22,000) (declined in favour of the Brussels fellowship above)
  • 2013 Scholarship for participation in the International Summer School on Medieval Codicology and Palaeography, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (£1,500)
  • 2009 - 2011 Alexander Onassis Foundation Scholarship: full maintenance for doctoral studies at the University of Oxford (£32,300)
  • 2008 Award for Xenophontos' “Distinction/First Class” grade in her Master of Studies in Greek and Latin Language and Literature at the University of Oxford
  • 2008 - 2011 Cambridge European Trust: fees scholarship for doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge (declined in favour of the Onassis and Leventis scholarships above) (£12,000)
  • 2007 - 2009 A. G. Leventis Foundation Grant: fees scholarship for postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford (£16,000)

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