Postponed until 2023

Conference: Byron, Philhellenism in Literature, the Arts, and Scholarship

Conference: Byron, Philhellenism in Literature, the Arts, and Scholarship

In honour of Roderick Beaton, Emeritus Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature.

Including a celebratory reception and book launch of Roddy Beaton’s 2021 book The Greeks: A Global History.

Contact: Prof. Gonda Van Steen

Prof. Roderick Beaton, Emeritus Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature

Roderick Beaton grew up in Edinburgh and studied English Literature at Peterhouse, Cambridge, before turning to Modern Greek as the subject of his doctorate, also at Cambridge – and at the British School at Athens. After a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham he embarked on a long career at King’s College London, first as Lecturer in Modern Greek Language and Literature (1981-88), later as Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature (1988-2018), and since then as Emeritus Koraes Professor. From 2012 to 2018 he also served as Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s.

     Roderick is the author of many books and articles about aspects of the Greek-speaking world from the twelfth century to the present day, including An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature (1994); George Seferis: Waiting for the Angel. A Biography (2003); Byron’s War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution (2013); and Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation (2019, now a Penguin paperback). All four of these books won the prestigious Runciman Award (through the Anglo-Hellenic League) for best book on the Hellenic world. His latest book, The Greeks: A Global History, offers an overview of Greek history from the Bronze Age to the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution in 2021. This book will be presented at the conference.

    Roderick is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA, 2013), a Fellow of King’s College (FKC, 2018), Commander of the Order of Honour of the Hellenic Republic (2019) and, from September to December 2021, has been appointed A.G. Leventis Visiting Professor in Greek at the University of Edinburgh.

Until Wednesday 30 March 2022

Exhibition: 1821 Visions of Freedom

The Hellenic Centre, London

1821 Visions of Freedom: The Hand of Zographos, The Mind of Makriyannis, The Zeal of Gennadius

Open Now

An exhibition of famous and much praised images of scenes from the Greek War of Independence, giving visitors a rare opportunity to enjoy these remarkable works close up.

On show are 12 of the 24 hand coloured collotypes issued in a limited edition album in 1926 by the well known Swiss photographer, Frédéric Boissonnas at the instigation of the collector Joannes Gennadius, who had rediscovered the long lost watercolours which the collotypes reproduce.

The watercolours had been painted between 1836 and 1839 by the naif artist, Dimitrios Zographos, to the order and according to the directions of General Makriyannis, a veteran of the war, whose own memoirs are a classic of Modern Greek literature. The Gennadius-Boissonas album brought these forgotten images to the attention of the wider world and generated a delighted reaction in the artistic avant-garde.

Each picture is accompanied by a caption in Makriyannis’ own words, which make the depicted scenes even more vivid. The exhibition sets the pictures in their  historical context by displaying a timeline of the War of Independence and the visitor’s appreciation is enhanced by the reproduction of relevant material from Gennadius’ personal archive and other collections. The visitor can also enjoy Makriyannis’ personal dedication of the pictures to Queen Victoria as well as the curious letter from the British Minister at Athens which accompanied their despatch to Lord Palmerston.

Curators: Natasha Lemos, Olympia Pappa

Designers: Αlexis Veroucas, Vassiliki Carmiri

Organised by the Hellenic Centre under the aegis of the Greece 2021 Committee. Sponsored by the A G Leventis Foundation.

Tuesdays: 6:30pm – 9pm
Saturdays: 10am – 5pm
Sundays: 11am – 4pm

Entry free

Contact: The Hellenic Centre

March 2022 (Date TBC)

Gilbert Murray Lecture

University of Glasgow

Fifth Gilbert Murray Lecture on Internationalism and Classics

Lecturer: A.E.Stallings (title TBC)

The triennial Gilbert Murray Lectures on Internationalism and Classics are established in honour of Prof. Gilbert Murray, one of the founding spirits of the League of Nations and Professor of Ancient Greek at Glasgow, London and Oxford universities. The lecture rotates between the three university cities where Murray had a chair. From 1914 onwards, Murray was active in propagating the ideals of internationalism and promoting the concept of the League of Nations. He also had close contacts with the Greek communities of the UK and their representatives in London. The 2021 lecturer will be the poet and classicist, A. E. Stallings. The 2021 lecture will take place within the framework of the UK bicentennial celebrations. Further information will be available in due course. See also

Late Spring 2022

Historic Walking Tour

Date and Meeting Point TBC

Historic Walking Tour of Greece-Related Sites and Sights in London

Tour of the West Norwood Greek Orthodox Cemetery and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral (neoclassical graves of famous Greeks, such as the Rallis family from Chios, the Vallianos family, etc.). Led by Dr Victoria Hunter Solomonidou, FKC (UCL), Trustee Friends of West Norwood Cemetery and Dr Konstantinos Trimmis (Bristol). Contacts: Konstantinos Trimmis and Gonda Van Steen.

The announcement of Lord Byron’s death by the provisional Greek government

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