MAGGIDIS, Christofilis

Associate Professor of Archaeology, Dickinson College; President of the Mycenaean Foundation; Field Director of Mycenae; Director of Glas
MAGGIDIS, Christofilis

Formerly Chr. Roberts Chair Associate Professor of Archaeology at Dickinson College, currently Professor at the Institute of World Politics, and active field archaeologist in Greece for nearly four decades, Professor Christofilis Maggidis is the 5th President of the Mycenaean Foundation. Born in Greece, Christofilis Maggidis received a vigorous classical education in the Classical Lyceum of the Anavryta School, and the University of Athens (B.A. in History and Archaeology, 1988), being awarded several honorary distinctions and scholarships for excellence. He further pursued graduate studies on prestigious fellowships (Fulbright, William Penn, and Charles Williams Fellowships) at the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology, 1994), and postdoctoral studies as a Fellow at Brown University (1997-1999). Professor Maggidis taught archaeology, ancient history, classics, and philosophy at Campus College and the University of Indianapolis, Athens (1996-1997). For two decades (2001-2021), Professor Maggidis held the endowed Christopher Roberts Chair in Archaeology at Dickinson College, where he created and chaired the Department of Archaeology, designed the archaeology academic curriculum, and led the department from inception to success. At Dickinson, Professor Maggidis designed the Keck Archaeology Lab and its innovative dig simulator (2006), directed Dickinson's acclaimed field school at Mycenae, Greece (2002-2018), created and taught 28 courses in the art, architecture, and archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean, Classical Greece, Republican/Imperial Rome, Ancient Egypt and the Near East (Mesopotamia and Anatolia), in ancient Greek religion and sanctuaries, burial customs, athletics, ancient landscape and topography, ancient history, politics and diplomacy, the Athenian democracy, and ancient technology. In 2022 Professor Maggidis was appointed Professor at The Institute of World Politics, Washington D.C., teaching courses in ancient democracy, warfare and diplomacy in the ancient world, and leading "Hermes," the Institute's study abroad program in Greece. Christofilis Maggidis is an active field archaeologist with long field experience since 1985 at major archaeological sites (Thera, Idaean Cave and Archanes in Crete, Glas, Mycenae) as a trench master, sector supervisor, field director (Mycenae) and director (Glas). Professor Maggidis is currently Field Director of the Lower Town Excavation at Mycenae (2001-), and Field Director of the Spercheios Valley Archaeological Project (2018-). His main research interests focus on Aegean Prehistory (especially Minoan and Mycenaean pottery, architecture, religion, society, economy, and foreign relations), but also include Classical Greek Sculpture and Architecture, Archaeological Methodology and Interpretation. Professor Maggidis has given 40 invited lectures and presented 46 international conference papers around the world. His publications comprise 27 articles, numerous excavation reports, and four forthcoming books: The Lower Town of Mycenae I: Archaeogeophysical Survey 2003-2013 (submitted for publication); The Lower Town of Mycenae II: Archaeological Excavations 2007-2013 (in working progress); The Palatial Workshops of Mycenae: The Artisans' Workshops and the House of Columns (in progress, near completion); Mycenae Excavations: Building K (in working progress). Professor Maggidis was elected President of the Mycenaean Foundation in 2013. Under his presidency, the Foundation raised funds and received grants, rennovated its magnificent mansions at Mycenae, established the Melathron American Center for Archaeology at Mycenae, and dynamically engaged educational programs, research projects, and cultural activities in collaboration with affiliated renowned universities, institutes, and organizations around the world.