Lucia Athanassaki is Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Crete. She holds a BA from the University of Athens and a PhD from Brown University. She has published extensively on melic poetry, its artistic context and its ideological and political agenda. The focus of her research in recent years is on attitudes to art, lifestyle and leadership in the late 5th century as reflected in Attica drama and prose (list of publications at http://www.philology.uoc.gr/staff/athanassaki). At the CHS she will explore Euripides’ dialogue with civic iconography and its political significance.