Upper House Seminar

Andriana Xenaki, “‘A view from the mountain’s top’: modelling the use of mountainous areas in Eastern Crete”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

  View of the Lasithi plateau from the north. Photo: Andriana-Maria Xenaki. Upper House Seminar Andriana Xenaki (University of Cambridge/BSA), "'A view from the mountain’s top': modelling the use of mountainous areas in Eastern Crete" Abstract: Using legacy data from eastern Crete’s most dominant landscape features – its rugged terrain and iconic mountains – this paper […]

Gerasimos Tsourapas, “Greek-Turkish Relations and Migration Power Politics in the Mediterranean”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Image credit: Australian Associated Press 2023. Migrants gather between Pazarkule border gate, Edirne, Turkey, and Kastanies border gate, Evros, as they try to enter Greece, on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that his country's borders with Europe were open, as thousands of refugees gathered at the frontier with Greece. (AP […]

Georgios Mouratidis, “Athletics and Paedeia. Monuments in Context”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Upper House Seminar Dr Georgios Mouratidis (British School at Athens), "Athletics and Paedeia. Monuments in Context"   Abstract: The hundreds of statue bases of athletic monuments that have survived to our day, suggest that athletes have always been figures of fascination and admiration. But what makes athletes so admirable to deserve to be immortalised through […]

Rachel Phillips, “Curating the Dead: Body and Matter in Early Mycenaean Burials”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Grave Circle A, Mycenae. Photo: Rachel Philips  Upper House Seminar Rachel Phillips (University of Cambridge), "Curating the Dead: Body and Matter in Early Mycenaean Burials" From the start of the Late Bronze Age, people on the Greek mainland were buried with hundreds or even thousands of objects, made from exotic materials and embellished with figurative […]

Stamatoula Panagakou, “Aspects of the Political Philosophy of the British Idealist Philosopher Bernard Bosanquet”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Upper House Seminar Dr Stamatoula Panagakou (University of Cyprus), "Aspects of the Political Philosophy of the British Idealist Philosopher Bernard Bosanquet" Bernard Bosanquet (1848-1923) was one of the most important British Idealist philosophers. Author of numerous books which cover topics from logic, metaphysics and aesthetics to ethics, religion and political philosophy, and of more than […]

Amy Smith, “Redressing Aphrodite on Sir William Hamilton’s Meidias hydria”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

image: Red-figured water jar (hydria), signed by Meidias as potter, British Museum, 34465002  Upper House Seminar Professor Amy Smith (University of Reading), "Redressing Aphrodite on Sir William Hamilton’s Meidias hydria" In anticipation of the Meidias hydria’s first return to Athens since its unspecified journey to Etruscan shores in antiquity, Professor Smith reevaluates the message of […]

Bruce Clark and Sophia Koufopoulou, “The Treaty of Lausanne (1923) and its impact on the Muslim population of Crete”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Ali Onay (born Rethymnon 1918), famous for his collection of Cretan heirlooms on Cunda Upper House Seminar Bruce Clark and Sophia Koufopoulou, "The Treaty of Lausanne (1923) and its impact on the Muslim population of Crete" Speakers: Bruce Clark, author of Twice a Stranger: How mass expulsion forged modern Greece and Turkey, and Athens: City […]

Rachel Phillips, “Curating the Dead: Body and Matter in Early Mycenaean Burials “

  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED. IT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 6TH   Abstract From the start of the Late Bronze Age, people on the Greek mainland were buried with hundreds or even thousands of objects, made from exotic materials and embellished with figurative and abstract motifs. Through the twin representational […]

Douglas Forsyth, “Social Strategies for Dealing with Scarce Precipitation; Examples from the Iron Age Cyclades”

Douglas Forsyth (University of St. Andrews), "Social Strategies for Dealing with Scarce Precipitation; Examples from the Iron Age Cyclades" Abstract This presentation will explore some of the ways in which past human societies have dealt with living in areas of scarce or low precipitation. The examination will focus primarily on archaeological evidence from the Iron […]

Dr Flavia Vanni, “Looking at Byzantium through materials: the case of stucco (ca 850-1453)”

Image: Drawing of the stucco cornice from the dome of the Katholikon of Hosios Loukas from the Schultz and Barnsley notebook BAR-2, p. 66, British School at Athens Dr Flavia Vanni (University of Birmingham, The Richard Bradford McConnell Student/BSA), "Looking at Byzantium through materials: the case of stucco (ca 850-1453)" Abstract In 1890, Robert W. […]

Dr Michael Loy, ‘Roads and resources on Archaic/Classical Samos’

Dr Michael Loy (University of Cambridge, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow), "Roads and resources on Archaic/Classical Samos"   To attend IN PERSON (Athens) please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roads-and-resources-on-archaicclassical-samos-tickets-586873874557 To attend ONLINE please register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iOzgtjPqSHWMBtDp7dzXlA

Dr Tulsi Parikh, “Bodies in motion: Experiencing the sacred in ancient Greece, the case of Ancient Karthaia, Kea”

Dr Tulsi Parikh (A. G. Leventis Fellow in Hellenic Studies / British School at Athens), "Bodies in motion: Experiencing the sacred in ancient Greece, the case of Ancient Karthaia, Kea" Abstract How did sacred landscapes shape religious experience and to what extent were sacred landscapes in turn shaped by religious experience? In this paper, I […]

Elizabeth Foley, “Cycladic Cities and Hegemonic Powers in the Hellenistic Period”

Elizabeth Foley (Macmillan-Rodewald Student, BSA), "Cycladic Cities and Hegemonic Powers in the Hellenistic Period" Please register to attend IN PERSON here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cycladic-cities-and-hegemonic-powers-in-the-hellenistic-period-tickets-577006751727 Please register to attend ONLINE here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b85vM7USQUC4JMswtxB9yA   Monday 13 March, 4pm (UK) / 6pm (Greece)

Dr Carlotta Gardner, “Revisiting ancient ceramic production in the northern Peloponnese: the ceramic landscapes of Corinth and Sikyon “

Dr Carlotta Gardner, "Revisiting ancient ceramic production in the northern Peloponnese: the ceramic landscapes of Corinth and Sikyon " Abstract The northern Peloponnese provides evidence of prolific ceramic production from all periods and across the entire region, documented in the excavated ceramic assemblages and by the growing number of confirmed production centres and kiln sites. […]

Nefeli Pirée Iliou, “In Search of the Greek and Roman agricultural economies in Epirus during the early Imperial period”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Image:"In the vicinity of the fortified farm at Malathrea, southwestern modern-day Albania (Investigated by the Albanian Institute of Archaeology)" Nefeli Pirée Iliou, "In Search of the Greek and Roman agricultural economies in Epirus during the early Imperial period" Abstract In the ancient world different farms and country houses existed. Some have held the spotlight, like […]

Postcards from Greece: This Afterlife, a poetry reading and conversation to mark the publication of Stallings’ Selected Poems

Postcards from Greece: This Afterlife, a poetry reading and conversation to mark the publication of Stallings’ Selected Poems Alicia (A. E.) Stallings will read and discuss work from her four published collections of poetry gathered into her new selected poems, This Afterlife, poems that explore Greek mythology, classical reception, ancient and modern Greece, and the diachronic strata of […]

Michael Llewellyn Smith, “A.A. Pallis, from Greek abroad to Greek in Greece”

Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith, "A.A. Pallis, from Greek abroad to Greek in Greece" Abstract The talk will introduce the life and work of A.A. Pallis, son of the Alexander Pallis whose translation of the Gospels caused such scandal. A.A. Pallis described himself as a Ξενιτεμενος Ελληνας. His work carried him from Manchester and Liverpool to […]

Lyndsay Coo, “New approaches to sisterhood in Greek tragedy”

Image: Two Sisters by Per Krohg Lyndsay Coo (University of Bristol / BSA Visiting Fellow), "New approaches to sisterhood in Greek tragedy" Abstract: Greek tragedy contains numerous scenarios where the relationship between sisters is implicated in political action: these include the Danaids in Aeschylus’ Suppliant Women, Antigone and Ismene in Sophocles’ Antigone, and the Erechtheids in Euripides’ Erechtheus, to […]

Antonis Kalogeropoulos, “Digital News Consumption in Greece”

Dr Antonis Kalogeropoulos (University of Liverpool), "Digital News Consumption in Greece" Abstract Greece is a global outlier in digital news consumption. Trust in legacy news organizations is very low while Greeks online rely heavily on alternative sources like social media for their news. Dr Kalogeropoulos will present qualitative and quantitative data that address how Greeks […]

Vasif Sahoglu, “New Evidence for Thera Eruption Tsunamis at Çeşme – Bağlararası in western Anatolia”

Vasif Sahoglu (Ankara University), "New Evidence for Thera Eruption Tsunamis at Çeşme - Bağlararası in western Anatolia" Abstract Disasters, whether natural or anthropogenic, can be drivers of landscape and cultural change. The Late Bronze Age Thera eruption was one of the largest natural disasters witnessed in human history. Its impact, consequences, and timing, has dominated […]

“Political violence in Greece: continuities and new directions”

"Political violence in Greece: continuities and new directions" Since the Athens riots of 2008, Greece has experienced serious episodes of violence with clear political connotations. Framed as a fight against austerity, an expression of anti-immigrant stances or an anti-establishment struggle, political violence has reached unprecedented levels. The panel will address current debates and newly emerging […]

Antti Lampinen, “Nativism in Herodes’ Sophistic Attica: Rural Heroes, Hellenic Purity and the Bust of ‘Sauromates'”

Dr Antti Lampinen (Finnish Institute at Athens), "Nativism in Herodes' Sophistic Attica: Rural Heroes, Hellenic Purity and the Bust of 'Sauromates'" ABSTRACT: That some second-century figures under the broad umbrella of Second Sophistic entertained nativist conceptions of Hellenicity is not news as such. Dio of Prusa was not only a fairly outspoken critic of the […]

Sophia Zoumbaki and Constantine Cartalis, “Monuments of cultural heritage threatened by climate change: A suggestion of how to read the past and protect the future”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Sophia Zoumbaki (The National Hellenic Research Foundation) and Constantine Cartalis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), "Monuments of cultural heritage threatened by climate change: A suggestion of how to read the past and protect the future" Abstract Climate change is an inevitable natural process which human communities always had to face. Nowadays this phenomenon is accelerated by […]

Michael J. Boyd with Colin Renfrew and members of the Keros team, “The creative cultural nexus of Keros”

Michael J. Boyd with Colin Renfrew and members of the Keros team, "The creative cultural nexus of Keros" Abstract The third millennium in Europe is marked by expanding horizons, the increasing importance of information, and by new identities forged in connectivity. In the Aegean, these changes are manifest in a series of creative social experiments […]

Mairi Gkikaki, “Tokens in Late Classical and Hellenistic Athens”

Dr Mairi Gkikaki (University of Warwick / The Open University of Cyprus), "Tokens in Late Classical and Hellenistic Athens" Abstract Although, symbola, the Greek term for tokens, are first attested in the Archaic Period in the context of hospitality, in Athens of the mid-fifth century BC a remarkable transition may be observed from the private […]

Anna Judson, “Scribal training in Mycenaean Pylos”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Dr Anna Judson (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, British School at Athens),  "Scribal training in Mycenaean Pylos" Abstract At least 30 people are known to have written administrative documents in the Mycenaean  palace of Pylos immediately before its destruction c.1200 BCE. These “scribes” are, however, entirely anonymous: they did not sign their texts, and so are identified […]

John Bintliff and Anthony Snodgrass, “The City of Thespiai, Central Greece: Its Precursors, Florescence And Successors, a Narrative Of 7000 Years of Community Life”

John Bintliff (University of Edinburgh) and Anthony Snodgrass (University of Cambridge): "The City of Thespiai, Central Greece: Its Precursors, Florescence And Successors, a Narrative Of 7000 Years of Community Life" Abstract The Boeotia Survey project has since 1982 completed total field surveys of five ancient urban centres in this region of Central Greece.  This lecture will […]

Maria Mina, “Manifestation or mirage? The cultural construction of insularity in the south-east Aegean”

Professor Maria Mina (University of the Aegean), "Manifestation or mirage? The cultural construction of insularity in the south-east Aegean" Abstract The lecture assesses the position of islands of the south-east Aegean in relation to diachronic prehistoric phenomena, such as colonisation, interaction, and perceived acculturation. The scope of the presentation is twofold. On one hand, it […]

Yannis Hamilakis & Rafael Greenberg, “Modernity’s sacred ruins: colonialism, archaeology, and the national imagination in Greece and Israel”

Moses Lilien’s masthead for the journal Altneuland (1904) Professor Yannis Hamilakis (Brown University) & Professor Rafael Greenberg (University of Tel Aviv), "Modernity's sacred ruins: colonialism, archaeology, and the national imagination in Greece and Israel" Abstract Based on a forthcoming book, the presenters will reflect on the shared origins of Classical and Holy Land archaeology as ‘ground […]

Foteini Dimirouli, “C.P. Cavafy in the World: Origins, Trajectories and the Diasporic Poet”

“artwork ©Dimitris Kamenos, with permission” Dr Foteini Dimirouli (University of Oxford), “C.P. Cavafy in the World: Origins, Trajectories and the Diasporic Poet” Abstract How does an author writing in a minor language enter world literature? C.P. Cavafy’s journey from relative invisibility to global visibility was long and tumultuous, determined by his debts to both the […]

POSTPONED: Yannis Hamilakis & Rafael Greenberg, “Modernity’s sacred ruins: colonialism, archaeology, and the national imagination in Greece and Israel”

Moses Lilien’s masthead for the journal Altneuland (1904) Due to circumstances beyond our control we regret that this event has been postponed for a future date (to be announced).  Apologies for any inconvenience. We hope you will be able to join us for the rescheduled event, for which you will have to re-register. Professor Yannis […]

Markos Katsianis, “Excavation archives in 3D: Digital documentation and curation workflows”

Professor Markos Katsianis (University of Patras), "Excavation archives in 3D: Digital documentation and curation workflows" Abstract: 3D recording methodologies at the intra-site level have greatly enhanced the quality of the produced archaeological record and facilitated novel ways to interact with its content. In addition, they have opened exciting opportunities to revisit mixed and traditional documentation […]

Violetta Hionidou, ‘Using emmenagogues and abortifacients in Modern Greece, 1830-1967’

Professor Violetta Hionidou (University of Newcastle), ‘Using emmenagogues and abortifacients in Modern Greece, 1830-1967’ Abstract Greece currently has one of the most liberal laws on abortion. While we know quite a lot about abortion in Greece in the second half of the 20th century, we know much less about earlier times. This paper will explore when, […]

Elias Kolovos, ‘Romaiika: Towards a History of the Greek Lands under Ottoman Rule’

Elias Kolovos (University of Crete), ‘Romaiika: Towards a History of the Greek Lands under Ottoman Rule’ Abstract The seminar will discuss the history of the Greek lands under Ottoman rule, between the fourteenth and the early nineteenth century, as a shared history of Christian and Muslim communities: to the south of Mount Olympus, more or less, […]

Carrie Sawtell, “Χρηστὸς / χρηστή in 4th and 3rd century BC Attic Epitaphs.” Virtual Lecture.

Virtual Lecture

Dr Carrie Sawtell (BSA, Macmillan-Rodewald Student), "Χρηστὸς / χρηστή in 4th and 3rd century BC Attic Epitaphs" Variously translated as excellent, good, useful and worthy, among others, the epithet χρηστὸς / χρηστή when used in fourth-century BC Attic epitaphs is taken as denoting the servile status of the deceased. The epithet was used across the […]

Philip Mansel, “Alexandria, from Mohammed Ali to Farouk: the rise and fall of a royal capital”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Dr Philip Mansel (author and historian), "Alexandria, from Mohammed Ali to Farouk: the rise and fall of a royal capital" Dr Philip Mansel considers the modern history of Alexandria between 1805 and 1952 from the point of the dynasty which ruled it, the House of Mohammed Ali, rather than from that of its Egyptian or […]

Dimitris Papanikolaou, “Critically queer and haunted: on how (not) to do the history of Greek (homo)sexuality”

British School at Athens, Upper House 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Prof. Dimitris Papanikolaou (University of Oxford), "Critically queer and haunted: on how (not) to do the history of Greek (homo)sexuality" ABSTRACT - Developing a history of modern Greek queer emergence and homosexual subcultures has always been a challenge. While for many outside Greece the country has always been quite queer anyway (and for many travelers, […]