Monica Cyrino, Ph.D.

Monica Cyrino serves as the Chairperson of the Classics Program and lectures on Greek Mythology and Classical Tradition at the University of New Mexico in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.  Completing her Ph.D. at Yale University in Connecticut, she has been the recipient of several prestigious teaching awards, includig the American Philological Association's Excellence in Teaching Classics Award (1998-1999), the UNM Alumni Association Faculty Teaching Award (2002), the UNM Presidential Teaching Fellowship Award (2000-02), the UNM College of Arts and Sciences Gunter Starkey Teaching Award, and the UNM Outstanding Teacher of the Year, among others.
She has appeared as an academic consultant on the History Channel's television show History vs. Hollywood. 

Professor Cyrino's most recent publication is Big Screen Rome (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005). She is also the author of In Pandora's Jar: Lovesickness in Early Greek Poetry (Lanham, 1995), "Gladiator and Contemporary American Society" in Gladiator: Film and History, ed. Martin M. Winkler (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004); "The Identity of the Goddess in Alcman's First Partheneion" in Classical Journal 100.1 (2004) 25-38; "She'll Always Have Paris: Helen in Wolfgang Petersen's Troy." Amphora 4.1 (2005) 10-11, 18; (forthcoming) "Helen of Troy," in Troy: From Homer's Iliad to Hollywood Epic, ed. Martin M. Winkler (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006); and (forthcoming) "Bows and Eros: Hunt as Seduction in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite," in The Impenetrability of Desire, eds. Susan Deacy and Mary Bacharova (Cambridge, 2006).

Dr. Cyrino delivered a lecture for the Professor John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series at the University of New Hampshire on April 26, 2006 titled, "From Helen of Sparta to Helen of Troy."

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