Michael Basil Cosmopoulos is an anthropologically trained classical archaeologist and historian.  His specialties are : Aegean state formation, social memory, and mystery cults., on which he has published 17 books and over 100 scholarly papers. Currently, he is Professor of Greek History and Archaeology and holder of the Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Endowed Chair in Greek Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; a Fellow of the Academy of Science (St. Louis); a Corresponding Member of the Greek Academy of Arts and Sciences; an honorary member of the Archaeological Society at Athens; and a National Geographic Society Explorer. In 2022,  he was decorated by the President of Greece with the Gold Cross of the Order of Phoenix and in 2023 he was elected a Regular Member of the Greek  Academy of Arts and Sciences.    He directs the interdisciplinary excavation of the Mycenaean capital at  Iklaina, in Pylos.


Department of History
University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, MO. 63121
Tel. (314) 516-6241
Fax (314) 516-7235
E-mail: cosmopoulos@umsl.edu

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