Emmanuel Aprilakis is a PhD candidate in Classics at Rutgers University. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude in Classical Studies from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College in 2015, where he wrote an honors thesis entitled "Human Suffering and the Question of the Gods' Justice on Lemnos and in Uz." Initially interested in using tragedy as a lens through which to examine Greek religion, Emmanuel has developed a deep interest in dramatic choral performance, which will be the focus of his dissertation. Mainly interested in Greek poetry, his broader research interests include ancient athletics, ancient diet, vase painting, sculpture, and museum ethics.
Emmanuel has presented his research at a variety of conferences both in the States, including the SCS and CAAS, and abroad, at Oxford and St. Andrews. At the annual meeting of the CAC in 2017, he received the award for best graduate paper for his work on the chorus of Menander’s Dyskolos. An avid traveler, Emmanuel was fortunate enough to spend the summer of 2016 at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens with the generous support of the Ethel S. Cook Travel Scholarship and the ASCSA's Bert Hodge Hill Scholarship. At Rutgers, Emmanuel has taught courses in Latin, Greek, and ancient athletics.