Born in Greece, Dr. loannis Mangidis, graduated from the Classics Department of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens with academic excellence awards (B.A. in Ancient Greek and Latin, 1992). He obtained his MA degree at the same university (1993) and was subsequently admitted to the University of Heidelberg in Germany, where he specialized in ancient Greek drama and received his Ph.D. in 1998. Ioannis has been working in the German School of Athens since 2000, teaching young people from all over the world. He is the currently the Head of the Department of Classics in the German School of Athens. Ioannis gained valuable administrative and teaching experience by attending several training seminars, including “A good lesson” and “Reading weaknesses” (Athens 2010), “Peer training” (Athens 2013), “Media laboratory” (Athens 2014), “Collaboration between students and teachers” (Athens 2015), “Classroom management” (Copenhagen 2015), “Knowledge management and school development planning” (Rome 2017), “Middle-management” (Rome 2017), “Quality circles for educational quality management: systematic and sustainable lesson development” (Milan 2017). Ioannis’ main research interests focus on the stance of the three great ancient drama poets towards the ancient legends and myths that formed the traditional subject matter for Greek drama; the iconoclastic depiction of the Greek gods in Homeric theology who dramatically react to the flows and the vulnerabilities of the larger-than-life characters of Greek drama; and on Socratic philosophy, as portrayed in the works of Plato and Aristotle. Ioannis has edited and published Ancient Greek and Latin textbooks and curricula for high-school students. He is currently working on two scholarly articles to be published in international journals.
Researcher, Classical Philologist, German School at Athens