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." Emmanuel has developed a deep interest in dramatic choral performance, which has engendered his dissertation entitled “The Figure of the Koryphaios in Ancient Drama.” Emmanuel’s 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 at the SCS and CAAS, and abroad, in Oxford, St. Andrews, and Coimbra. 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 spent the summer of 2016 as Bert Hodge Hill Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He spent the summer of 2019 visiting every Roman theater in Spain thanks to an Andrew W. Mellon Summer Study Grant. At Rutgers, Emmanuel has taught courses in Latin, Greek, and ancient athletics. He also co-organized the conference “Food and Drink in the Ancient World.”
For the academic year 2020-21, Emmanuel has been awarded a Fulbright Bulgaria-Greece Joint Research Award for his project, “Traditions of the Ancient Theater Space.”