Panos Valavanis (1954) is professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Athens, teaching and researching in the fields of Classical vase painting, topography of ancient Athens, Classical architecture, Greek athletics and ancient Greek technology. Recently he has been researching into the political parameters of the Olympic Games. He has participated in many excavations in Greece and has been involved in the publication of the finds. He is especially interested in the dissemination of  current research to the wider public.