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Aikaterini (Kaiti) Diamantakou

Associate Professor

Office 916, 9th floor, School of Philosophy

Phone: 210-7277652  

E-mail: diamcat[at]theatre.uoa[dot]gr

Web: http://uoa.academia.edu/KaitiDiamantakou



Aikaterini (Kaiti) Diamantakou graduated with honors from the Department of Literature (Classic Literature modules, 1989) and the Department of Theatre Studies (1996) of the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Athens, where she finished –with the financial support of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation—  her PhD in Classics in 1998 (dissertation: The Semiology of Space and Time in Aristophanes’ Theatre). Since 2004 she belongs to the academic stuff of the Department of Theatre Studies of the same Faculty, where she now holds the position of Associate Professor.

Her scientific interests focus on the history and theory of ancient theatre, on the specific dramatic forms and their particular theatrical codes, on the historical and social background that generated Greek theatre, on the reception of ancient drama in modern, Greek and international, dramaturgy and stage practice. Her educational and research work, her academic notices and her publications refer to those fields of interest. She has been teaching modules concerning “Theatre in the Antiquity” (the work of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Menander) in the University undergraduate program, and modules on “Ancient Theatre and its Reception” on the postgraduate level.


  • On Tragedy and TrugedyEight Interpretative Ways through Tragic and Comic Theatre [in Greek], Ed. Papazisis, Athens, 2007

  • In the Ancient Greek Hinterland. Introduction to the Semiology of Space and Time in Aristophanes’ Theatre [in Greek] Ed. Kardamitsa, Athens, 2007.


  • Tassos Lignades: Theatre Reviews – Ancient Drama (1975-1989) [in Greek], edited by Kaiti Diamantakou, with an Introduction (p. 7-61). Kostas and Eleni Ourani Foundation, Athens, 2013

  • Τassos Lignades: Theatre Reviews – Modern Greek Dramaturgy (1975-1989), edited by Kaiti Diamantakou, with an Introduction (p. 9-43). Kostas and Eleni Ourani Foundation, Athens, 2015.

  • Theatre and Democracy. Proceedings of the 5he Panhellenic Congress of Theatre Studies, dedicated to prof. Walter Puchner (Athens, 5-8 November 2014), 2 Vols, edited by Alexia Altouva and Kaiti Diamantakou. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Department of Theatre Studies, Αthens, 2018. www.theatre.uoa.gr/proboli-anakoinwshs/ekdosh-praktikon-e-panellinioy-8eatrologikoy-synedrioy-8eatro-kai-dhmokratia-afierwmenoy-ston-balter-poyxner.html

Selected Publications

  • Pre-Platonic and post-Euripidean Consonances: The Cave in Euripides’ Helen and in Plato’s Republic” [in Greek], in G. P. Pefanis (ed.), The Philosophy of the Scene. Theatrical-Philosophical Focuses. Edition Papazisi, Athens, 2019, p. 109-131.

  • Performativity and ancient tragedy. A united counter-speech to the crisis of the democraticity” [in Greek], in A. Altouva, K. Diamantakou (eds), Theatre and Democracy. Proceedings of the 5he Panhellenic Congress of Theatre Studies, dedicated to prof. Walter Puchner (Athens, 5-8 November 2014), 2 Vols, edited by Alexia Altouva and Kaiti Diamantakou. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Department of Theatre Studies, Αthens, 2018, p. 459-473.

  • A Lysistrata different than the others. The ‘shock’ of Lysistrata in 1976” [in Greek], in G. Varzelioti, P. Mavromoustakos (eds), Scene and Amphitheatre – Homage to Spyros A. Evangelatos (Proceedings of the homonymous Colloquium, 7-9 march 2016), Kapodistrian University of Athens – Department of Theatre Studies, Αthens, 2018, p. 79-88.

  • Forward to both a translation and a performance: Lysistrata 2016” [in Greek], in Κ. Εxarchou (ed.), Dimitris Dimitriadis: Τransgressing the borders (Proceedings of the homonymous Colloquium – Department of French Language and Letters, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 26-27 may 2016), Ed. Shakespearikon, Thessaloniki, 2018, p. 295-312.
  • Lysistrata 411 B.C. – 2016 A.C.: The Visit of the Old Lady” [in Greek], Addendum to the Translation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata by Dimitris Dimitriadis, Nefeli, Athens, 2017, pp. 85-107.

  • Shifting Aristophanes; Modern Greek Scenic Versions of WaspsDramatic Space” [in Greek], in Acts of the Thirteenth International Symposium on Ancient Greek Drama («Dramatic and Scenic Space in Ancient Greek Drama») Cyprus Center of the International Theatre Institute, Nicosia, 2016, pp. 21-39.
  • [with K. Liontaki and N. Tzivelekis] “Aristophanes and Karaghiozis: Reflections and Osmoses in the Aristophanic Representations by the Theatre of Art” [in Greek], in M. Morfakidis, P. Papadopoulou (eds), Greek Shadow Theatre (Acts of the International Colloquium in Honor of Walter Puchner), Centro de Estudios Bizantinos , Noegriegos y Chipriotas, Granada 2016, pp. 293-312.
  • “Τὸν μὲν γὰρ ἡγοῦμαι σοφόντῷ δ’ἥδομαι. Aeschylus or Euripides: The Dilemmas of a Nascent Translator at the End of 19th century” [in Greek], in A. Tabaki & O. Polykandrioti (eds), Acts of the Colloquium “Greekness and Alterity: Cultural Mediations and National Character in 19th Century, Athens, 2016, Vol. II, pp. 381-394.
  • « Aristophane à la française : libertés et limites » [in French], in Médiation et réception dans l’espace culturel franco-hellénique, Actes du Colloque International organisé par le Département de Langue et Littérature Françaises, Université Nationale et Capodistrienne d’Athènes), Egokeros, Athens, 2015, pp. 292-300.
  • « Aristophane sur la scène grecque moderne : Un théâtre populaire ou un théâtre fait par et pour les happy-few ?» [in French], in M. Franck (dir.), Les élites grecques XVIIIe – Xxe siècles – Identités, modes d’actions, représentations, Cahiers Balcaniques, Numéro Hors-Série, Publications Langues Ο΄, Paris, 2015, pp. 83-94.
  • Dimitris Dimitriadis’ Contribution to the Bank of Ancient Greek Drama” [in Greek], in Κ. Kyriakos (ed.), Ancient Greek Theatre and its Reception – Acts of the 4th Colloquium of Theatre Studies, University of Patras – Department of Theatre Studies, Patras, 2015, pp. 469-482.
  • Vertere seria ludo, overo La leggerezza della Parodia” [in Italian], Culture Teatrali. Studi, interventi e scritture sullo spettacolo No 23 (2014), pp. 137-141.
  • From the ‘Théâtre de la Commune’ in 1968 to the ‘Théâtre Odéon’ in 2010: The Course of Ancient Greek Myth in Dimitris Dimitriadis’ Plays” [in Greek], in A. Dimitriadis, I. Pipinia &A. Stavrakopoulou (eds), Scenic Production in Post-War Greek Theatre: Continuities and Ruptures – Acts of the International Colloquium in Honor of Nikiforos Papandreou, Department of Theatre Studies – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, 2014, pp. 473-484.
  • Ioannis Gryparis’ ‘mysterious’ Euripides: Drafts of an Unaccomplished (?) Translation” [in Greek], Parabasis – Journal of the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens 12/2 (2014), pp. 39-79.
  • Cyprus’ Theatrical Organism’s and Evis Gavrielidis’ Contribution to the Repatriation of Menander” [in Greek], in A. Konstantinou & I. Chatzikosti (eds), Ancient Theatre and Cyprus – Acts of Colloquium, Cultural Foundation of Cyprus’Bank, Nikosia, 2014, pp. 75-94.
  • «Les Cassandres de la crise. Le paradigme de l’œuvre dramatique de Dimitris Dimitriadis » [in French], in M. Litsardaki, M. Makropoulou & K. Exarchou (éds), Les mots en spectacle, Mélanges en l’ honneur d’ Aphrodite Sivetidou, Garnier, Paris, 2016, pp. 45-61.

  • Euripides versus Aristophanes, Ion versus Birds: A Possibility of ‘Paracomic’ referentiality” [in English], Mediterranean Chronicle Vol. 2 (2012), pp. 15-29.
  • Entries “Αristophanes, “Tragicomedy”, “Comedy”, “Parabasis”, “Parody” i[in Greek] n S. Gogos & K. Petrakou, Dictionary of Ancient Theatre [in Greek], Ed. Militos, Athens, 2012, pp. 52-62, 168-169, 190-204, 254-259, 265-269. 
  • Ancient and Modern Greek Heroes Talking Alone on Stage: Towards the Autonomy of Monologicity” [in English], in B. Aleksejeva, O. Lāms & I. Rūmniece (eds), Hellenic Dimension. Materials of the Riga 3rd International Conference of Hellenic Studies, University of Latvia, Faculty of Humanities, Chair of Classical Studies, Centre for Hellenic Studies, Latvia, 2012, pp. 226-234.
  • Women in the Microcosm of Ancient Comedy” [in Greek], in Th. Pappas & A. Markantonatos (eds), Attic Comedy: People and Approaches, Ed. Metechmio, Athens, 2011, pp. 631-671.
  • « Le voyage de Dionysos dans la Grèce après 1975 ou Les épigones modernes de la dramaturgie grecque ancienne » [in French], L’Annuaire Théâtral (Revue Québécoise d’études théâtrales), No 48 (automne 2010), pp. 45-56.
  • « La réception de la nouvelle comédie attique et de la comédie romaine par la scène grecque moderne: sur les traces d’une remarquable absence » [in French], in A. Tabaki & W. Puchner (eds), Theater and Theater Studies in the 21th Century. Proceedings of the First International Conference, Athens, 28 September-1 October 2005, Ergo, Athens, 2010, pp. 255-266