• B.A., Oberlin College
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Courses Taught

  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Medieval Latin Literature and Palaeography
  • Trojan War
  • Odyssey(s)
  • Ancient Drama
  • Greek Civilization
  • Film Studies

Research Interests

  • Greek and Latin language and linguistics
  • Medieval Latin literature and manuscript studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Film Studies (especially French New Wave, New Hollywood, Sci-fi, female directors, Black cinema, animation)

Kosta Hadavas

Associate Professor of Classics

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2313  Office: Room 110, World Affairs Center

I am a linguist and cultural historian who teaches in both the Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (GLAM) and Media Studies programs. My passion lies in studying the workings of two ancient languages, Greek and Latin, as well as exploring their various modes of literary communication. I also study and teach the literature, art, and culture of the peoples (not only the ancient Greeks and Romans) who lived in the Mediterranean region 1500-3500 years ago, as well as Medieval Latin, Middle English, and European civilizations during the medieval period. Why do I do this? Both because I find such things inherently fascinating and because I strongly believe that an understanding of the past is essential to creating a better future for oneself and one’s community.

What I especially value about Beloit is the culture of flexibility and support that allows both students and faculty to pursue their passions and expand their intellectual horizons beyond that of any previous (and usually more rigidly prescribed) educational experience. One area where this has been most evident for me over the last ten years is in my explorations with students of the history, nature, and function of cinema, which employs its own complex “language” to communicate its ideas. In fact, Beloit’s atmosphere of intellectual curiosity has significantly impacted my understanding of myself and my place in the complex, messy world we humans have created. Therefore, I am constantly encouraging my students to take advantage of the opportunities available at Beloit to continue their growth and learning, both during their time at the college and beyond graduation.

I particularly encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to become teaching assistants (TAs). My TAs have taken responsibility for teaching their peers in my Greek and Latin first-year language classes, in my courses on Greek and Roman civilization, in my literary studies courses (e.g., ancient epic, comedy, graphic novels), and in my film courses. Teaching is one of the most challenging and rewarding things a student can do in college, so if the opportunity presents itself, take advantage of it. And if it doesn’t present itself, make known your desire to become at TA to a faculty member whose class you took and enjoyed (and did well in!).

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