Curriculum vitae

Portrait of Perdicoyianni
Helen Perdicoyianni-Paleologou, Ph.D, Ph.D, HDR (cand.)
44 Washington Street, apt 403
Brookline, MA 02445
Tel. / Fax : (617) 730-3639

Earned degrees

2015-1016: Diplôme Universitaire (D.U.) of Osteoarchaeological and Forensic Techniques [University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines]

2013-1014: Diplôme Universitaire (D.U.) of History of Medicine [Diploma awarded by the Faculty of Medicine and under the auspices of the French Society for the History of Medicine]

1992-2003 : Ph.D in Latin Linguistics [University Paris IV-Sorbonne]

1988-1992 : Ph.D in Classical Greek Philology [University Paris IV-Sorbonne]

1990-1991: Diploma of advanced studies of  Theatrical Studies (D.E.A.) [University Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle]

1987-1988 : Diploma of advanced studies of Classics [University Paris IV- Sorbonne]

1986-1987 : Master's of Classics [University Paris IV-Sorbonne]

1981-1986 : Diploma of General studies and Bachelor of Classics [University Paris IV-Sorbonne]

1985-1986 : Master's of Linguistics [University Paris V-Réné Descartes]

1983-1984 : Bachelor of Linguistics [University Paris V-Réné Descartes]



Greek Historical Semantics.

Latin Philology and Linguistics.

Greek dialectology and epigraphy.

Greek and Latin Papyrology.

Pragmatics - Discourse analysis.



Indo-European linguistics.

Italic and Celtic linguistics, philology and culture.

Mycenaean philology and linguistics.

Homeric language.

Greek and Latin language and literature with special emphasis on epic poetry, tragedy and comedy.

Greek and Latin classical and post-classical comparative philology and linguistics, with special emphasis on the language of the New Testament and the Greek texts, as translated by Latin Christian authors.

Byzantine Greek palaeography and textual criticism.

General and Structural Linguistics.



Areas of interests

Medieval French language, epic and romance.

Drama history.

History of Science - Ancient Medicine.            

Cognitive Science.

Paleopathology and osteo-archaelogy

Studied with

Jean Beaujeu (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Patrick Berche (École de Médecine, Université Paris V-Réné Descartes, Chief of Bacteriology and Parasitology Department, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades), Alain Blanchard (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Jacques Bompaire (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Louis-Jean Calvet (Université de Paris-Réné Descartes), Philippe Charlier (Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvélines); Pierre Flobert (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Jacques Fontaine (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Michèle Fruyt (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Pierre Grimal (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Jacques Hellegourc'h (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Jacques Jouanna (Université Paris-Sorbonne), André Mandouze (Université Paris- Sorbonne), Alain Michel (Université Paris-Sorbonne), J.-L. Perpillou (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Guy Serbat (Sorbonne), Jean Sirinelli (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Jean Tallairdat (Université Paris-Sorbonne).

Françoise Bader (Université Paris-Sorbonne, EPHE IVème Section), Philippe Gauthier (EPHE IVème Section), Mirko Grmek (Université Paris-Sorbonne, EPHE IVème Section), Jean Irigoin (Université Paris-Sorbonne, EPHE IVème Section, Collège de France), Michel Lejeune (EPHE IVème Section), Pierre Lévêque (Université de Besançon), André Martinet (EPHE IVème Section), Olivier Masson (EPHE IVème Section), Oswald Ducrot (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Pierre Vidal-Naquet (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales).

Michel Foucault (Collège de France), Jacqueline de Romilly (Collège de France), Jean-Pierre Vernant (Collège de France), Paul Veyne (Collège de France).

Jay Jasanoff (Harvard University), Calvert Watkins (Harvard University).


Other references

John Bodel (Brown University), Deborah Boedecker (Brown University), Alan Bowman (Oxford University), Michael Brügger-Meier (Freie Universität - Berlin), Kevin Clinton (Cornell University), Jean-Noël Fabiani (Chirurgie Cardiovasculaire, Hôpital Georges Pompidou), David Konstan (Brown University), Richard Martin (Stanford University), Joseph Pucci (Brown University).

Influenced by

Roland Barthes, Georges Dumézil, Claude Levi-Strauss.


Academic appointments

2018-2023: Honorary Research Associate, University College London, Department of Sciences and Technology Studies.

2018 (November): Visiting Scholar, University of Saint Andrews, U.K., Department of Classics.

2014-2020 : Scholar in Residence (Philosophy Department, Boston College.

2014-2020: Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Classics, University of Johannesburg.

2014-2020: Honorary Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

2008 - : Senior Research Fellow & Adjunct Professor, Hellenic College.

2008 (Winter Session): Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Classics, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

1998-2006 : Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of  Classics, Hellenic College.

1997- : Visiting Research Scholar, Brown University, Dept. of Classics (by appointment).

Summer 2004 : Visiting Research Scholar, Stanford University, Dept. of Classics (by appointment).

2001-2003 : Visiting Research Scholar, Harvard University, Dept. of Linguistics (by appointment).

Summer 2001 : Research Associate at  the Center for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford University (by appointment).

Fall 1998 : Visiting Research Scholar, Harvard University, Dept. of Classics (by appointment).

1996-1998 : Visiting Professor, Dept. of Classics, Hellenic College.  

1992-1996 : Recipient of two post-doctoral research positions in Papyrology (Sorbonne University - Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques - France) and Greek Epigraphy (Centre de Recherches d'Histoire Ancienne-University of Franche-Comté-Identité, Différences, Intégration dans les Sociétés de l'Antiquité (IDISA), URA 338). 

1985-1988 : Researcher  in the field of Greek Cypriote linguistics, philology and social anthropology at the Center of Cypriote Studies  (Univ. of Paris X Nanterre). 

1984 : Professional training in linguistics at the National Center of Scientific Research, in seminars dealing with syntax, morphology, phonetics and sociolinguistics.


• 1989- Presses, Journals, Organizations and Programs Served as Collaborator / Contributor / Reviewer / Peer-Reviewer / Editorial Advisor / Correspondent abroad :

• 2018-: Archives of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Editorial Board)

• 2018-: Akropolis (International Editorial Board)

• 2018-: Indo-European Linguistics and Classical Philology (International Editorial Board)

• 2017-: Revue d'histoire de la médecine (Scientific Advisory Board)

2016--: Philologia Classica, St. Petersburg State University (Regular Peer-Reviewer)

2016--: Ancient History Encyclopedia (Contributor)

2016-- : Journal of Ancient Civilization (Editorial Advisor)

2016-- : SRL Surgery (Editorial Member)

2015- : Mouseion (Contributor)

2015- : Acta Classica (Contributor)

2015- : Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (Invited Contributor)

2014- : An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History (Contributor)

2014- : Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science (Editorial Board)

2014- The New Sommervogel Project (Correspondent)

2013- : Dictionary of Byzantine Authors (Contributor)

2012- : Myrtia (Contributor) 

2012-2014 Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics (Invited Contributor)

2011- : Epigraphica (Contributor)

2010 : Analecta papyrologica (Contributor)   

2010- : Journal of Medical Biography (Editorial advisor, contributor)

2010- : Cognitive Science (Peer-Reviewer)

2010- : Aegyptus (Contributor)  

2009- : Ollodagus (Contributor)

2009- :  History of Psychiatry (Contributor)  

2008- : World Journal of Surgery (Peer-Reviewer)

2007- Vesalius (Reviewer)

 2006- : Faventia (Contributor)

2006- : Chronique d'Égypte (Contributor)

2006- : Minerva (Contributor)

2006- : Medicina (École de Médecine de Paris) (Contributor)

2005- : Gerion  (Contributor)

2004- : Studia philologica valentina  (Editorial advisor, contributor, reviewer)

2004- : Latomus (Contributor, regular peer reviewer)

2004- : The Classical Bulletin (Peer-reviewer)

2003- : Athenaeum (Contributor)

2003- : Lexis (Contributor, reviewer)  

2001- : Scholia Reviews (Reviewer)

2001- :  Philologie im Netz (Member of the editorial board, editorial advisor, contributor, reviewer)

2001- Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica (Correspondent abroad, contributor, reviewer)

2001-Revue  Québecquoise de Linguistique (Contributor, reviewer)

2001- : Journal of Early Christian Studies  (Reviewer)

2001- : La parola del passato  (Contributor)

2001- : Plekos (Reviewer)

2001- : The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (Oxford University) (Collaborator)

2001- : Rivista di Cultura Classica e Medievale (Contributor)

 2000- : Bryn Mawr Classical Review  (Reviewer)

 2000- : Bulletin of American Society  of Papyrologists (Reviewer)

• 2000- The Classical Review (Reviewer)

2000- : Language (Reviewer)

1999- : Revue  Langues et Linguistique (Reviewer)

1999- : The Canadian Journal of Linguistics / La Revue Canadienne de   Linguistique (Reviewer)

• 1998-2000 : Co-editor in literature for the Journal of Modern Hellenism.

1996- : Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (Contributor, reviewer)

1996- : Antiquité Classique  (Contributor)

1994- : Bibliothèque d'Etudes Classiques (Reviewer)

1994- : Orbis, Bulletin International  de documentation linguistique, (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centre International de dialectologie générale - Editions Peeters)

1993- : Information Grammaticale (Contributor)

1991- : Les Etudes Classiques (Contributor, reviewer)

1989- : Cahiers du Centre des Études Chypriotes (Contributor)

Research Centers served as Member / Collaborator

2015- : AXON. A Selection of Greek historical inscriptions, Università Ca’Foscari, Venezia.

2015- : Research Group Ecdotics of Greek Texts (Facultad Filologia, Complutense University)

2002- : Associate Advisory Board Member of the A. Richard Diebold Center for Indo-European Language and Culture, Linguistics Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

2002- : Linguistics Research Center and Indo-European Documentation Center, Scholar's Publications (The University of Texas at Austin) (Contributor, collaborator)

2001- : CNRS - UMR 8062 Médecine grecque (Sorbonne)

1998-2002 :  Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical  Studies, Ohio University  - Greek Epigraphy Project, Cornell University (Packard Humanities Institute Project, CD-ROM release) (Contributor, collaborator)

1996- : Centre Alfred ERNOUT de Linguistique latine (CNRS - Sorbonne - E. A. 3549) et ateliers du GDR 2650 «Linguistique latine»

Honors and Awards

Summer 2011 : Gastforscherin, Freie Universität Berlin, FB Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaft –WE 2- Seminar für Vergleihende und Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft. (Invited by Michael Meier-Brügger, Professor of Vergleichende und Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft (Indogermanistik).

1997- 2008 : Guest Visiting Research Scholar, Harvard  Divinity School, Dissertation Doctoral Seminar of the New Testament. (Invited by François Bovon, Fronthingham Professor of the History at Harvard Divinity School).

Fall 2004 : Guest Visiting Research Scholar, MIT, Processing Language, Department of Brain and Cognitive Science. (Invited by Edward Gibson, Professor of of Cognitive Sciences language processing; quantitative linguistics; culture and cognition (piraha).

2001 : International Personality of the Year 2001 in recognition to services to Classical Scholarship, Warrant from the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.

1999 : International Diploma of Honor for outstanding achievements in classical scholarship (American Biographical Institute).

Professor Perdicoyianni-Paleologou has also obtained:

•     A  doctoral thesis of Latin Linguistics with a grade of highest distinction with the unanimous congratulations of the panel of academic examiners and with approval of the publication of the thesis as it is

•      A doctoral thesis of Classical Greek Philology  with a grade of high distinction. 

•      A Master's of Classics with a grade of highest distinction.

•      A Master's of Linguistics with a grade of  highest distinction.

•      A Diplôme Universitaire (D.U.) of History of Medicine with a grade of highest distinction.

•      A Diplôme Universitaire (D.U.) of Osteoarchaeological and Forensic Techniques with a grade of high distinction.

Professional Memberships

Past Memberships

The French Cultural Center (Boston) (2005-2010)

Vita Latina (Sorbonne-Montpellier) (1996-2002)

International Society for the Classical Tradition (ISCT, Boston University, Institute for the Classical Tradition) (1997-2000)

American Association for Neo-Latin Studies (1996-2000)

Canadian Association of University Teachers (1996-1999)

Chronicle of Higher Education (1996-1999)

Centre d'Etudes Chypriotes (Université de Paris X- Nanterre, 1986-1989)

Active Memberships

International Association of Papyrology

International Association of Greek and Latin Epigraphy

Association of Linguistics of Paris (unanimously elected)

Grammatical Information (Sorbonne)

Association Guillaume Bude (Belles-Lettres)

American Philological Association

American Society of Papyrologists

Linguistic Society of America

American Association for Neo-Latin Studies

Canadian Linguistics Association  

Classical Association of the Atlantic States

American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy 

 Canadian Society for the History of Medicine

International Society for the History of Medicine

American Association for the History of Medicine

Cognitive Science Society

Société Française d'Histoire de la Médicine (unanimously elected)

The Foucault Society

Invited Lectures

•      «The anaphoric use of  ho, hode, houtos, ekeinos, autos in  the first Origen's Homilies to Jeremy,   as translated by St. Jerome (is, hic, iste, ille )». Presented at the  Harvard Divinity School (Spring 1998).

      «The anthroponymic system of the Greeks and Trojans in Homer». Presented at the Department of Classics, Brown University (Spring 1999).

•      «The conversational exchange in Plautus : ego/nos  vs  tu/vos». Presented at the Program of Indo-European Studies (PIES), co-sponsored with the  Department of Classics, University of California, at Los Angeles (UCLA) (Spring 2003).

•      «The exophoric usages of demonstratives in Aristophanes and Plautus». Presented at the Department of Classics, University of California, at Santa Barbara (UCSB) (Spring 2003).

•      «Temporal and spatial deixis in Greek tragedy». Presented at the Department of Classics, co-sponsored with the  Departments of Linguistics and Theater Studies, Georgetown University (Spring 2004).

•       «The structure of utterance in Euripides' and Seneca's plays». Presented at the Department of Classics, Brown University (Spring 2004).

      «The anaphoric use of ho, houtos, ekeinos, autos  in  Origen's Homilies on Jeremy,   as translated by St Jerome  (ishic, iste, ille)». Presented at the Department of Linguistics, Boston College (Fall 2006).

      «From Myceanaean to Koiné: historical, cultural and linguistic background of the Koiné». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Fall 2015).

      «Languages used in Ancient Palestine». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Fall 2015).

      «The language of the New Testament». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Fall 2015).

      «Mental Illness in Antiquity». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Spring 2016).

      «Jerome as a translator of the Scripture». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Spring 2016).

«The pronunciation system of phonemic Koine Greek». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Fall 2016).

«Love : definition and meaning in the New Testament». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Fall 2016).

«The meaning of the tenses in the New Testament». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Spring 2017).

«Madness and Mental disorders in the Classical World». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Spring 2017).

«Interdialectalism and linguistic complexity in Archaic and Classical Greece». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Fall 2017).

«Stages, historical unity and geographic distribution of the Greek language». Presented at the Department of Theology, Boston College (Fall 2017).

Teaching experience

A. Graduate level

I. Center for Cypriot Studies (1986-1989)

1. Linguistic aspects of the cypriot dialect.

2. Diachronic and synchronic study of the study of the structure of the cypriot syllabic inscription.

3. The utterance in cypriot syllabic inscriptions.

4. Onomastic problems in cypriot syllabic inscriptions.


II. Holy Cross - Greek Orthodox School of Theology (2006)

1. Liturgical Greek.

B. Undergraduate level

I. Hellenic College (1996-2006)

1. Beginning Latin.

2. Roman civilization.

3. Intermediate Latin.

4. Classical Greek Historiography.

5. Directed study program in reading in ancient Greek.

6. History of Latin literature : from the origins to the Early Christian Period.

7. Classical Linguistics.

8. Greek and Latin Papyrology.

9. Greek  epigraphy- dialectology.

10. Ecclesiastical Latin linguistics: Syntax.

11. A diachronic study of the Greek language from the hellenistic period to the present time.

12. History of Classical Greek Scholarship.

13. Modern Greek Course.

14. Attic Prose.

15. New Testament Greek (I-II).

16. Ancient Greek History and Culture.

17. Greek and Byzantine Palaeography.

18. Selected Platonic readings.

19. Readings in Latin poetry.

20. Readings in ancient Greek drama.


II. University of Massachusetts-Boston (Winter 2008)

1. Greek Civilization.



Ancient and Modern Greek

Ancient and Modern French

Archaic, Classical and Medieval Latin

Italic and Celtic languages





Elementary Japanese