Leonidas Pittos

Leonidas Pittos

Senior Lecturer in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
Interim Associate Chair, CMLLC


423 Manoogian Hall

Leonidas Pittos


Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Leonidas Pittos is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies. He teaches courses in the Modern Greek language sequence as well as in Byzantine and Modern Greek literature and history. His research interests are in Late Byzantine religious and intellectual history. His current projects include a monograph-length intellectual biography of Gregory Palamas and translations of vitae of fourteenth-century Byzantine mystics.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Byzantium and Post-Byzantine Greece
  • ¬†History of Eastern Christianity
  • Byzantium in Modern Greek Historiography


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago (History), 2015
  • M.A. University of Chicago (Social Sciences), 2002
  • B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago (History), 2001

Currently teaching

  • GKM 1020 Elementary Modern Greek II
  • CLA/GKM 3590/5590 Byzantine Civilization
  • GKM 3710 Modern Greek Culture¬†

Courses taught

GKM 1010 Beginning Modern Greek I (Fall 2018)

GKM 1020 Beginning Modern Greek II (Winter 2019)

GKM 2010 Intermediate Modern Greek I (Fall 2018)

GKM 2020 Intermediate Modern Greek II (Winter 2019)

GKA 2010 Intermediate Ancient Greek I (Fall 2018)

GKA 2020 Intermediate Ancient Greek II (Winter 2019)

GKA 5840/7820 Ancient Greek: Attic Orators (Fall 2019)

GKA 5500/7820 Ancient Greek Historians (Winter 2020)

CLA 3150/5150 Athens and the Ancient World (Fall 2018)

CLA/GKM 3720 Greek Identity from Antiquity to Modernity (Winter 2019)