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Niki Holmes Kantzios


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Phone: 813/974-9380



Niki Holmes Kantzios is a continuing instructor in Humanities, with a shared appointment in the History Department. She received her Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Her interests center on the interpretation of visual imagery in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East and the transmission of imagery and meaning from one culture to another, especially among the Greeks, Egyptians and Phoenicians. She is interested in issues of gender and ancient religions. In addition to the Introduction to the Humanities: Ancient through Medieval class, Dr. Kantzios teaches courses in ancient history, arts and culture ranging from Rome and Greece to Egypt, Mesopotamia and Persia. She has spoken or published on topics as diverse as sacred prostitution, the identification of Phoenician settlements in Israel, Roman dining room mosaics, the decoration of the Athena statue base in the Parthenon, and the spread of archaic Cypriot imagery to Greece. She has excavated in Crete and Israel and illustrated archaeological articles, as well as been a fine artist.