Athanasios Koutoupas | Interview

Athanasios Koutoupas

Ph.D. Candidate / Graduate Research Assistant

Can you tell us few words about your academic background?

I studied Religious Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where I also obtained an MA in Religious Studies, specialized in the Religions of the Greco-Roman era. Beyond my Religious Studies, I also studied History at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina where I also obtained an MA specialized in the History of the Graeco-Roman and Early Christian eras. Both of my MA theses used archaeological material, especially coins and inscriptions, to trace the role of religion in the development and promotion of the Ptolemaic royal ideology, as well as the way that religion and politics offered the Ptolemies the necessary “tools” for their deification.

What about your research at the Cyprus Institute and STARC?

Since May 2017, I have joined STARC as a Research Assistant working in two projects: E-RIHS (European Research Infrastructure on Heritage Sciences) and Mcities (Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities). Since February 2018 I was accepted at the Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage doctoral program of the Cyprus Institute. My research focuses on the study of the transition from Paganism to Christianity in Alexandria, Paphos, Salamis, and Antioch.

Do you think the advanced technological and scientific framework of CyI and STARC has enriched your research?

The rapid advanced of digital imaging and visualization holds great potential for the study of past societies and in particular to understand the cultural transformations of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian Mediterranean. That said, I believe that The Cyprus Institute’s (CyI) doctoral program in Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage offers an ideal academic environment for graduate work towards the completion of a doctoral thesis that bridges the humanities with digital heritage. I am convinced that at the CyI I will be able to meet my academic plans making use of the excellent specialized expertise at the Institute working in Cyprus, a location of optimal importance for my work as I aspire to focus my work on the cultural relations between Cyprus and Egypt during the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian periods. Furthermore, I wish to explore the transformative effects of digital information, technologies, and methods on the field of humanities, society, and culture.