Dr. Constantine Santas was born in Lefkada, Greece and came to the United States as a student at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, where he earned a degree in English literature. Subsequently, he was awarded a fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana, where he earned his B.A. in English, and his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. He taught at Milwaukee Downer College (1962-64), University of Illinois at Chicago (1964-1971), and served as Chairman of the English Department at Flagler College from 1971 to 2002, when he retired as Professor Emeritus. In addition, he lectured at the University of Florida, where he is advisor of the Center of Greek Studies, and at the State University of Florida, co-authoring several textbooks in the bilingual Program.
His publications include a critical biography of Aristotelis Valaoritis (now translated into Greek), a translation of O Thanatos Palikariou by Kostis Palamas, and of several other works and poems from Modern Greek. He published two books on film, Responding to Film (2002, also translated into Greek in 2007), and The Epic in Film (2007). He has published several scholarly articles both in English and in Greek, and has authored translations of several Greek plays, three of which have been performed: Electra of Euripides (1984), Oedipus the King (1991), and Antigone (2010). Currently, he is working on a translation of Homer’s The Odyssey, and has just finished another book on film.
He is a recipient of numerous awards in writing, scholarships and fellowships, including the prestigious Danforth Fellowship Foundation Teacher Grant, and was included in Choice as an Outstanding National Teacher, and also in American Hellenic Who’s Who, 1990, and in Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 2002.