Theodore G. Zervas is Professor of Education at North Park University in Chicago. He was born in the United States, but his family is originally from Argos, Greece. He received his BA and MA in History from DePaul University, MS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and Ph.D. from Loyola University. He has also completed postdoctoral work in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. Most of his publications are on Modern Greek education and how the teaching of Greek history in Greek schools helped shape a Greek national identity. He is currently working on an edited book titled Reconciling Ancient and Indigenous Belief Systems: Textbooks and Curricula in Contention, which looks at how modern nations from around the world treat their ancient pagan histories in their national textbooks and curricula.
Euripides’ play Iphigenia at Aulis contains valuable lessons that can serve as a source of inspiration in the modern world. For teachers in particular, empathy, as highlighted in the play, is of vital importance.