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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Dia Philippides

classical studies

photo of Dia Philippides

Research Professor and Professor Emerita

B.A. in Applied Mathematics
Radcliffe College

Ph.D. in Classical Philology
Princeton University, 1978

Carney 238
Phone: 617-552-3664
Fax: 617-552-2588

Academic Profile

In her academic work (teaching and research) Prof. Philippides focuses on: interdisciplinary approaches; harnessing technology to the service of the Humanities (Greek Studies); collaboration on research projects with student assistants and senior colleagues (at Boston College and elsewhere); reinforcing bridges between the USA and Greece. As of July 2013 Prof. Philippides is concentrating on research.


Prof. Philippides’ teaching at Boston College has centered on ancient Greek language and literature (intermediate-level texts; lecture courses and advanced seminars on Greek drama) and on modern Greek literature and culture (courses and seminars in areas including fiction, drama, and films). In May 2011 she received a ‘Teaching with New Media’ (TWIN) award.

Department Activities

Past service as Departmental Chair, Faculty Technology Contact, and Graduate Program Director. Organizer of the “Computers and Classics” (CCL) work-group.

Research Interests

Ancient Greek tragedy; Cretan Renaissance literature; the diaspora of modern Greek literature; computational analysis of literary texts (language, style, meter, rhyme, editing); technology in education; ‘Digital Humanities’.



The Iambic Trimeter of Euripides: Selected Plays. New York: Arno Press, 1981.

Η Θυσία του Αβραάμ στον υπολογιστή / The Sacrifice of Abraham on the Computer. Athens: Hermes Publishing Co., 1986.

CENSUS of Modern Greek Literature: Check-list of English-Language Sources Useful in the Study of Modern Greek Literature (1824-1987). New Haven, CT: Modern Greek Studies Association, 1990. Second printing 1992.

Του κύκλου τα γυρίσματα: ο Ερωτόκριτος σε ηλεκτρονική ανάλυση (As the Wheel Spins: Electronic Analysis of the Erotokritos). With David Holton and the technical assistance of John L. Dawson. 4 vols. Athens: Hermes Publishing Co., 1996-2001.

CD-ROM (published December 2013)

ΕΡΩΤΟΚΡΙΤΟΣ: Του δίσκου τα γυρίσματα / EROTOKRITOS: As the Disk Turns. A CD-ROM (with Greek and English interface). With David Holton and John L. Dawson. Athens: Hermes Publishing Co., 2013. ISBN 978-960-320-218-9. The romance Erotókritos (ca. AD 1600) is a major literary work of the Cretan Renaissance. The CD-ROM includes (as Hypertext) the word-tables from the book Του κύκλου τα γυρίσματα: ο Ερωτόκριτος σε ηλεκτρονική ανάλυση (the concordance to the Erotókritos) and the text of the romance (ed. Stylianos Alexiou [1992]), all interlinked through a million electronic links.

Articles (Selected)

"Literary Detection in Works of the Cretan Renaissance". Literary and Linguistic Computing Journal (Oxford University Press) 3, No. 1 (March 1988): 1-11.

"The Sea in the Erotokritos". With W.F. Bakker. Journal of Modern Greek Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press) 6, No. 1 (May 1988): 97-116. Available online under "Project Muse." Also posted on the BC Libraries’ (Open Access) eScholarship platform, at:

"Μια πρώτη συμβολή της ρίμας στην εξέταση της πατρότητας Θυσίας και Ερωτοκρίτου” (A First Contribution of Rhyme to the Authorship of the Sacrifice of Abraham and Erotokritos). In Ροδωνιά: τιμή στον Μ.Ι. Μανούσακα (Rodonia: In Honor of M.I. Manousakas). Rethymno: University of Crete, 1994. Vol. II: 571-589.

“The Lament of the Virgin by Ephraem the Syrian”. With Wim F. Bakker. In Ενθύμησις Νικολάου Μ. Παναγιωτάκη (In Memory of Nikolaos M. Panayotakis). Ηράκλειον: Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης & Βικελαία Βιβλιοθήκη, 2000: 39-56. Posted on the BC Libraries’ (Open Access) eScholarship platform, at:

“In Search of Patterns in Classical and Modern Greek Literature”. Invited presentation at the 'Contours of Hellenism' Conference held at UCLA. May 2000. Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora 27.1&2 (2001): 33-59.

“Ο υπολογιστής στη σύγκριση κρητικών αναγεννησιακών κειμένων: εκδοτικές απορίες με αφετηρία το λεξιλόγιο της ρίμας¨ (Computers in the comparison of Cretan Renaissance texts: editorial queries based on the vocabulary of the rhyme). In Αναδρομικά και Προδρομικά: Approaches to Texts in Early Modern Greek: Papers from the conference Neograeca Medii Aevi V / Exeter College, University of Oxford, September 2000. Edited by Elizabeth Jeffreys and Michael Jeffreys. Oxford: Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, 2005: 101-114.

“Οι αγγλόγλωσσες μεταφράσεις της νεοελληνικής λογοτεχνίας στις ΗΠΑ και τον Καναδά“ (English translations of modern Greek literature published in the USA and Canada). In "Γνώριμος και ξένος": Η νεοελληνική λογοτεχνία σε άλλες γλώσσες. Αγγλική, αλβανική, βουλγαρική, γαλλική, γερμανική, δανέζικη, γλώσσες της Ισπανίας, ιταλική, νορβηγική, ολλανδική, πορτογαλική, ρουμανική, ρωσική, σερβική, σουηδική, τουρκική, φιλανδική (‘Familiar and Foreign’: Modern Greek Literature in Other Languages: English, Albanian, Bulgarian, French, German, Danish, the languages of Spain, Italian, Norwegian, Dutch, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Serbian, Turkish, Finnish). Επιμ. Βασίλης Βασιλειάδης. Θεσσαλονίκη: Κέντρο Ελληνικής Γλώσσας, 2012: 51-70. Posted on the BC Libraries’ (Open Access) eScholarship platform, at:

“Monikin Hollow Testament’s hero with his author on the air in Boston”. In Αφιέρωμα στην Κενή Διαθήκη του Πάρι Τακόπουλου από 22 συγγραφείς... (Tribute to Paris Tacopoulos’  Hollow Testament by 22 authors...). Αθήνα: Καλλιγράφος (Athens: Kalligraphos), 2014: 146-154. Posted on the BC Libraries’ (Open Access) eScholarship platform, at:

In preparation

CENSUS of Modern Greek Literature: Check-list of English-Language Sources Useful in the Study of Modern Greek Literature Update (1824-2010). With W.F. Bakker. A revised, enlarged edition of the work-of-reference originally published in 1990. The compilation continues to today, incorporating references to translations and essays (published worldwide in English, 1824-) on modern Greek literature from ca. AD 1200 to the present. The Census Update is in preparation for publication in print or eBook format, and subsequently as a fully searchable database to be maintained on the Web.

Websites for the Erotokritos CD-ROM and for modern Greek drama and film.