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February 2019

The Work of the School in 2018 and lecture by Colin Renfrew and Michael Boyd “The sanctuary on Keros and the settlement of Dhaskalio in the light of recent research”

February 5, 2019 @ 5:15 pm
British Academy (London), 10 Carlton House Terrace
London, United Kingdom
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The Work of the School in 2018 by Professor John Bennet (Director, BSA) and lecture by Professor Lord Colin Renfrew and Dr Michael Boyd (University of Cambridge) "The sanctuary on Keros and the settlement of Dhaskalio in the light of recent research"

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Gerald J. Conlogue, “Field Radiography: Non-Traditional Applications of Medical and Industrial Radiography”

February 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Professor Gerald J. Conlogue (Bioanthropology Research Institute, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut), "Field Radiography: Non-Traditional Applications of Medical and Industrial Radiography"

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Judith Barringer, “The message is in the medium: White-ground lekythoi and stone grave markers in Classical Athens.”

February 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Prof. Judith Barringer (University of Edinburgh), “The message is in the medium: White-ground lekythoi and stone grave markers in Classical Athens.” Video

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The Work of the School in 2018 and lecture by Roderick Beaton “Ο Λόρδος Μπάιρον και η Ελληνική Επανάσταση: από τον θρύλο στην πολιτική πραγματικότητα”

February 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

The Work of the School in 2018 by Professor John Bennet (Director, BSA) and lecture by Professor Roderick Beaton (King's College London) "Ο Λόρδος Μπάιρον και η Ελληνική Επανάσταση: από τον θρύλο στην πολιτική πραγματικότητα" - The heroic legend of Byron’s voluntary self-sacrifice is well known. But what was his real contribution to the Greek struggle for independence? This talk sheds new light on what Byron really did from the moment when he arrived at Missolonghi on Christmas Eve 1823…

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The Work of the School in 2018 and lecture by Roderick Beaton “1919: Venizelos’ Asia Minor policy revisited”

February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Archaeological Society, 22 Panepistimiou Street
Athens, Greece
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The Work of the School in 2018 by Professor John Bennet (Director, BSA) and lecture by Professor Roderick Beaton (King's College London), "1919: Venizelos' Asia Minor policy revisited" - One hundred years ago this year, in on 2/15 May 1919, Greek troops landed in Smyrna. For many the event was a vindication of Venizelos’s policies and a prelude to the fulfilment of the ‘Grand Idea’ of expanding the Greek state to include the entire Greek nation in the east. The…

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March 2019

Ruth Macrides, Byzantium and Modern Greece in Scotland

March 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Senate House (Room G22-26), Malet Street
London, WC1 United Kingdom
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Dr Ruth Macrides, Byzantium and Modern Greece in Scotland

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Sarah Broadie, “What has Plato’s Divided Line to do with his Sun-image of the good?”

March 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Professor Sarah Broadie (University of St Andrews), "What has Plato's Divided Line to do with his Sun-image of the good?" We know from the text that there is a close connection, but Plato leaves us with the task of working out exactly what it is. The explanation involves (of course) the so called dialectical method, presented in the context of the Divided Line. One of this method's distinctive marks is that it operates with, or from, a ‘non-hypothetical starting point…

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Ο Sir Arthur Evans, ο Μεγάλος Πόλεμος και η ειρήνευση του μινωικού πολιτισμού

March 7, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Ο Sir Arthur Evans, ο Μεγάλος Πόλεμος και η ειρήνευση του μινωικού πολιτισμού  ( British School at Athens, Upper House, workshop between 3.00 pm - 6.15 pm and at 8.30 pm the concert will take place at the Olympia Municipal Music Theatre Maria Callas)

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Sarah Broadie, “Putting mathematics in its place in Plato’s Republic”

March 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Professor Sarah Broadie (University of St. Andrews), "Putting mathematics in its place in Plato’s Republic" The discussion will centre on two questions: (a) what to make of the inferiority of mathematics to dialectic (the main locus for this is the Divided Line in Book VI)? And (b) what is the real purpose of the mathematical education laid out in Book VII?

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Angela Trentacoste, “Of cattle and connectivity: investigating the morphometric change in ancient livestock”

March 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Angela Trentacoste, “Of cattle and connectivity: investigating the morphometric change in ancient livestock”

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April 2019

Ricardo Fernandes, “Integrating isotopic, archaeological, and historical evidence for high-quality reconstruction of past human lifeways”

April 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Dr. Ricardo Fernandes, (Head of Radiocarbon Lab, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History Research Associate, University of Oxford; Associate Professor, Masaryk University), Integrating isotopic, archaeological, and historical evidence for high-quality reconstruction of past human lifeways (diet, nutrition, mobility, and chronology) from the Greek Bronze Age to the collapse of the Roman Empire

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Gonda Van Steen, “Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece”

April 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Library, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Professor Gonda Van Steen (King’s College London), "Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece"

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Jonathan Hall, “Chasing the shadows of the past in Late Ottoman Argos.”

April 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Prof. Jonathan Hall (University of Chicago), “Chasing the shadows of the past in Late Ottoman Argos.”

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Christina Ichim, “Dying to connect: a mortuary approach to southern Aegean connectivity in the middle and late Bronze Age”

April 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Christina Ichim (BSA Richard Bradford McConnel Student / PhD candidate, UCL), "Dying to connect: a mortuary approach to southern Aegean connectivity in the middle and late Bronze Age"

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May 2019

The British School at Athens and its work in 2018

May 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The British School at Athens and its work in 2018 - Speakers: John Bennet, Huw Halstead and Daniel Knight

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Glynis Jones, “The origin and spread of agriculture: what do the plants have to say? “

May 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Prof. Glynis Jones (BSA Fitch Visiting Fellow / University of Sheffield), "The origin and spread of agriculture: what do the plants have to say? "

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Colin Macdonald, “Tradition and Innovation in the Protopalatial and Neopalatial Architecture of Knossos”

May 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Dr Colin Macdonald, "Tradition and Innovation in the Protopalatial and Neopalatial Architecture of Knossos”

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Charlotte Van Regenmortel, “Warriors into workers: Military service as wage labour in the Late Classical and Early Hellenistic periods”

May 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Charlotte Van Regenmortel (BSA Macmillan-Rodewald Student / PhD candidate, University of Leicester), "Warriors into workers: Military service as wage labour in the Late Classical and Early Hellenistic periods"

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Ioanna Moutafi, “Another Keros mystery: exploring the unusual burial choices at the Early Cycladic island of Keros”

May 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Senate House (Room 349), Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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Dr Ioanna Moutafi, "Another Keros mystery: exploring the unusual burial choices at the Early Cycladic island of Keros"

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Celeste Farge, “The Society of Dilettanti’s Second Ionian Mission: William Gell’s journals at the British School at Athens and the British Museum”

May 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Sketchbooks and journals from the Ionian Mission © Trustees of the British Museum

Sketchbooks and journals from the Ionian Mission © Trustees of the British Museum   Celeste Farge (British Museum), "The Society of Dilettanti's Second Ionian Mission: William Gell's journals at the British School at Athens and the British Museum" William Gell (1777- 1836) - Classicist, traveller and topographer - was famously referred to by Byron as ‘Rapid Gell’. Aside from his numerous books, Gell produced unpublished manuscripts, hundreds of sketches, maps and finished drawings (including impressive panoramas of Athens), and wrote copious…

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Petrie, Pendlebury, and Hogarth in Greece and Egypt – A panel discussion

Petrie, Pendlebury, and Hogarth in Greece and Egypt - A panel discussion Flinders Petrie, John Pendlebury, and David Hogarth - in their excavations at Naukratis, Amarna, Ephesos and Knossos - developed ground-breaking archaeological approaches during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This discussion explores the connections between these pioneers and their archaeological institutions - how the BSA and EES shaped their work and their modern legacies within these institutions. Topics to be explored include Petrie's idea of the museum…

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Popular Music of the Greek World Conference

May 17, 2019 - May 18, 2019
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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The diversity of Greek music is apparent from the rich variety of local traditions and from the richness of urban popular music both established and emerging. This conference aims to explore and evaluate that diversity, and its causes, from broader musical, sociological and artistic perspectives.  This is of great value in itself and also sheds light on the ethnomusicology of better-studied aspects of Greek music such as Rebetika, which also features as one of the subjects of the conference. The Organising…

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Lambrini Rori, “Political violence in crisis-ridden Greece. Evidence from the radical right and the radical left”

May 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Dr Lambrini Rori (BSA Early Career Fellow / University of Exeter), "Political violence in crisis-ridden Greece. Evidence from the radical right and the radical left"

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Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, “Exorcising Fear: Ritual Performances in Classical Athens”

May 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Dr Chryssanthi Papadopoulou (BSA Assistant Director), "Exorcising Fear: Ritual Performances in Classical Athens"

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George Boys-Stones, “The Rationality of the Stoic God”

May 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Professor George Boys-Stones (University of Durham), "The Rationality of the Stoic God"

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Vayia Xanthopoulou & Ioannis Iliopoulos, “Assessment of the clayey raw material suitability for ceramic production in Northern Peloponnese”

May 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Vayia Xanthopoulou & Ioannis Iliopoulos (Department of Geology, University of Patras), "Assessment of the clayey raw material suitability for ceramic production in Northern Peloponnese"

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June 2019

Onyeka Igwe, “Being Close to, with or Amongst: other ways of Knowing the Archive”

June 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Onyeka Igwe (BSA Arts Bursary Holder/London College of Communication),  "Being Close to, with or Amongst: other ways of Knowing the Archive"

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Margaret Mountford, “Papyrology: is anything new under the sun?”

June 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Dr Margaret Mountford (Chair, Egypt Exploration Society), "Papyrology: is anything new under the sun?" Dr Margaret Mountford will present a brief introduction to the famous Oxyrhynchus papyri, their contents, and their initial excavation. The lecture will take a closer look at a number of ancient texts that suggest people’s preoccupations have not changed much over the centuries.

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Annual Garden Party

June 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Annual Garden Party

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July 2019

Earth Water Fire, Celebrating Cretan Pottery from Antiquity to the Present

July 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - July 14, 2019 @ 11:30 pm
Thrapsano Crete 70006 Greece + Google Map

Earth Water Fire, Celebrating Cretan Pottery from Antiquity to the Present The Thrapsano Cultural Association is organising a series of cultural events centred on Cretan pottery, in collaboration with the British School at Athens (Knossos Research Centre) and the Centre for the Study of Modern Ceramics - G. Psaropoulos Foundation, co-organised by the Region of Crete with the participation of the Herakleion Ephorate of Antiquities and the potters of Thrapsano PROGRAMME THURSDAY  11-7-2019 (Village square) 20:00: Opening 20:30: Official speeches…

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August 2019

Erotokritos: για μια αγάπη άδολη

August 9, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

The British School at Athens (Knossos Research Centre) and the Knossos Cultural Association are organising a cultural event on EROTOKRITOS, the romance composed by Vincenzo Cornaros in early 17th century Crete. The romance consists of 10,102 fifteen-syllable rhythmed verses and its central theme is the love between Erotokritos and Aretousa. It constitutes a classic example of Greek Renaissance literature. The event includes a lecture by Professor Marina Detoraki (University of Crete) on Erotokritos and Venetian Crete, a recitation of selected…

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Amica silentia lunae

August 18, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

The Knossos Research Centre of the British School at Athens warmly invites you to attend Amica silentia lunae, the “Friendly Silence of the Moon”, an evening of music and poetry at the Villa Ariadne, at 21:00 on Sunday 18 August. Please ensure you arrive by 20:45. This free event is part of the August Full Moon series of events organised by the Ministry of Culture and Sports at archaeological sites and monuments open to the public. Classical and modern pieces…

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September 2019

Ann Eldridge: Monemvasia: People, Place, Presence

September 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Ann Eldridge: Monemvasia: People, Place, Presence

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Craftspeople Mobility in the Archaeological, Historical and Ethnographic Record – A Comparative Perspective from the Aegean

September 27, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - September 29, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Craftspeople Mobility in the Archaeological, Historical and Ethnographic Record – A Comparative Perspective from the Aegean PROGRAMME ABSTRACTS

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Peter Thonemann: “An eternal memorial of goodwill towards their kinsmen”: Abdera and Teos after the Third Macedonian War

September 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
The Institute of Historical Research/NHRF, 48, Vasileos Constantinou Ave.
Athens, 11635 Greece
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Prof. Peter Thonemann (University of Oxford): "An eternal memorial of goodwill towards their kinsmen" :Abdera and Teos after the Third Macedonian War Abstract: One of the most extraordinary ancient Greek inscriptions ever discovered was unearthed in 2017 at the excavations of the Ionian city of Teos in Asia Minor.  It records, in thrilling and moving detail, the assistance provided by the Teians in the repopulation and rebuilding of their daughter-city, Abdera in Thrace, after its sack by the Romans in…

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October 2019

Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, “Sacrificial rituals in the Mycenaean palatial centre of Kydonia (Khania, Crete)”

October 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Senate House (Room 349) London, United Kingdom + Google Map

Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki (Hon. Secretary General, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports), "Sacrificial rituals in the Mycenaean palatial centre of Kydonia (Khania, Crete)" Kydonia, the most important ancient city in Western Crete, traditionally one of the three cities founded in Crete by Minos, occupied the Kastelli Hill in the centre of the Old Town of Khania. Its name appears on the Knossian Linear B tablets

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Robert Pitt: ‘Early British Travellers to Athens and the Hunt for Inscriptions: Some Overlooked Epigraphic Manuscripts of the 17th and 18th Centuries’

October 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Robert Pitt (CYA): ‘Early British Travellers to Athens and the Hunt for Inscriptions: Some Overlooked Epigraphic Manuscripts of the 17th and 18th Centuries’

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Philip Kenrick: Cyrenaica: A Greek Pentapolis – but so much more

October 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Senate House (Room G22-26), Malet Street
London, WC1 United Kingdom
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Dr Philip Kenrick: Cyrenaica: A Greek Pentapolis - but so much more

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A. Hobbs, Plato’s Republic, Ladybird Expert Series – 34

October 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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A. Hobbs, Plato’s Republic, Ladybird Expert Series – 34 Plato's Republic addresses questions of urgent concern in these troubled times.  How can we prevent democracies being subverted to tyrannies by cynical demagogues?  How can we protect truth from fake news and 'alternative facts'?  And, ultimately, why do humans form societies and what is needed for them to flourish?  In this event Professor Angie Hobbs will read extracts from her recently published Plato's Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book, discuss why and…

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Dancing with the Bull: Sir Arthur Evans and the palace of Knossos

October 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

The excavation of Knossos, one of the most important sites of the ancient world, is inextricably linked with Sir Arthur Evans. Evans discovered the ruins of a monumental complex and the remains of a hitherto unknown civilization, formulating the prevailing view of it. Inspired by Evans’ work, artist Teresa Valavani has created a collage collection entitled Dancing with the Bull: Sir Arthur Evans and the palace of Knossos, to be exhibited in the garden of the Knossos Research Centre of…

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Polyxeni Adam-Veleni: ‘Θεσσαλονίκη: μια μεγαλειώδης μητρόπολη της Αρχαίας Μακεδονίας’

October 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Dr Polyxeni Adam-Veleni (Director, General Directorate of Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports): 'Θεσσαλονίκη: μια μεγαλειώδης μητρόπολη της Αρχαίας Μακεδονίας'

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Onyeka Igwe: Scenes from the BSA Archive

October 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

  Onyeka Igwe is the 2019 BSA Arts Bursary holder and returns from a residency in Athens to share her encounters with the archive. Igwe researches the colonial imagination, its knowledges and influence on the archive and then uses a methodology, critical proximity, to create moving image works that attempt to activate archive material in other ways. She will share poetic snatches of her experiences at the BSA as well as outlining the methodology that roots both her artistic practice…

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Matthew Skuse: The nature of cult activity at Perachora

This BSA Ambassador event was organised in collaboration with Newcastle University where Dr Matthew Skuse (St Andrews) will present 'The nature of cult activity at Perachora'. After the paper we will be heading to Pani's Café (61-65 High Bridge, NE1 6BX) for dinner. If you would like to join us, please email Joseph Skinner (Joseph.Skinner@newcastle.ac.uk) by 12pm on Wednesday 16th October.

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Sergios Menelaou: “Shifting modes of connectivity between the Cyclades, the southeast Aegean and western Anatolia: A diachronic ceramic study of prehistoric Samos, East Aegean”

October 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Dr Sergios Menelaou (Fitch Laboratory, British School at Athens) : “Shifting modes of connectivity between the Cyclades, the southeast Aegean and western Anatolia: A diachronic ceramic study of prehistoric Samos, East Aegean”

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A poetry and spoken word performance by Vanessa Kisuule and Pavlina Marvin

October 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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A poetry and spoken word performance by Vanessa Kisuule and Pavlina Marvin On the occasion of the British Council’s 80th anniversary celebrations in Greece and of the UK being the Country of Honour at Public Book Awards, the British Council in collaboration with Public Bookstores, have invited Vanessa Kisuule and Pavlina Marvin to join forces on Wednesday 30 October, at 19:00, in the Penrose Library of the British School at Athens. The multi awarded poet and performer from Bristol and…

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November 2019

Katerina Galani, “British Shipping in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars: the untold story of a successful adaptation.”

November 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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A book discussion co-organized with the Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH Discussants Professor Emerita Olga Katsiardi-Hering (University of Athens) Professor Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter) Co-Ordinator Professor Gelina Harlaftis (Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH & Hellenic Open University)

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Maria Ntinou, “Firewood for the hearths. Woodlands of the Argolid from the Middle Paleolithic to the Neolithic.”

November 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Dr Maria Ntinou (Center for Interdisciplinary Research & Innovation, University of Thessaloniki /LIRA Laboratory, Department of Archaeology, University of Thessaloniki), "Firewood for the hearths. Woodlands of the Argolid from the Middle Paleolithic to the Neolithic."

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Ceramic Petrology Group Annual Meeting

November 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Ceramic Petrology Group Annual Meeting

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Robin Barber & Tony Spawforth: Instruction in an Antique Land: The First Taught Courses at the BSA, 1973-1989

November 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Senate House (Room 349), Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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  No formal courses were taught at the BSA before 1973, the year of the first annual undergraduate programme. This was the brainchild of the then Assistant Director, Robin Barber, and helped to inspire a second, this time for UK school teachers in Ancient History, established in 1979. Both initiatives occurred under the directorship of Dr Hector Catling, who personally led the first six schoolteachers’ courses. The speakers will discuss the early history of these two courses (others—on epigraphy, numismatics…

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Lamprini Rori: ‘The Landscape of Political Violence in Crisis-Ridden Greece’

November 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Political extremism has been present in Greece since 1974. Despite the adoption of a counter-terrorist governmental strategy around the turn of the millennium which temporarily limited episodes of violent extremism, violence remains a serious problem. By its unprecedented magnitude and durée, the ongoing financial crisis has triggered the emergence of circumstances that promote the toleration, acceptance and use of violence. The paper focuses on different expressions of political violence in Greece from 2008 onwards, aiming to identify its repertoires and causes, the actors involved,…

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Edith Hall: 21st-Century Responses to the Homeric Iliad

Since the turn of the 21st century there has been an unprecedented wave of creative responses to the Iliad, by prizewinning novelists and poets as well as cinema and TV producers. Professor Edith Hall (KCL) will explore the similarities and radical divergences between several of these responses, to ask why a poem with roots in the Bronze Age should still strike such resonant chords in our own, very different, societies. This lecture coincides with the British Museum’s exhibition Troy: Myth…

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December 2019

Michael Loy, “Luxury and commodity shipping routes in archaic Greece”

December 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Michael Loy (BSA, Assistant Director), "Luxury and commodity shipping routes in archaic Greece"

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Victoria Hislop in Conversation

Best-selling author Victoria Hislop will be in conversation with John Kittmer (Chair, Anglo-Hellenic League) about her passion for Greece and the role that Greece plays in her writing, including her latest book Those Who Are Loved. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. RSVP at Kate Smith: bsa@britac.ac.uk  This event is organised in collaboration with the Anglo-Hellenic League.  

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Meagan Dennison, “Evaluating the role of domestic dogs from archaeological contexts”

December 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Meagan Dennison, "Evaluating the role of domestic dogs from archaeological contexts"

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M. Ganas, A Greek Ballad: Selected Poems, translated by D. Connelly and J. Barley

December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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'A Greek Ballad' is the first collection in English of the renowned Greek poet Michális Ganás, translated by David Connolly and Joshua Barley and published by Yale University Press. On the evening there will be readings in Greek from the poet himself and in English from Joshua Barley, who will introduce the book. There will also be the opportunity for discussion with both poet and translator. We will be joined by the musicians Michalis and Pantelis Kalogerakis, who will perform…

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Tokens: The Athenian Legacy to Modern World

December 16, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - December 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Tokens: The Athenian Legacy to Modern World PROGRAMME AND ABSTRACTS  

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January 2020

Panel discussion: Migration and Diaspora, co-organized with King’s College London

January 20 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Panel discussion: Migration and Diaspora, co-organized with King's College London Participants: Eirini Avramopoulou (Panteion University), "Intersecting stories of displacement and crisis:Ethnographic accounts from the island of Leros" Maria Christina Chatziioannou (National Hellenic Research Centre),"Some Theoretical Insights Regarding the Use ofHistorical Sources in Diaspora and Transnational Studies: the Greek communities of England as a case study" Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens), "Refugees, migrants, diasporans: Insights from ethnographic research among the Castellorizians" Giorgos Tsimouris (Panteion University), "Forced migration and…

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Distant seas, connected worlds: Tintagel, Britain, and Greece in Late Antiquity

January 22 @ 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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A half-day symposium on ceramic production and maritime distribution in the Aegean and East Mediterranean, and long-distance links between Greece, the West Mediterranean and South West Britain during the 5th to 7th centuries AD.

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Panel discussion: Migration and Diaspora, co-organised with King’s College London

Moderator: Dionysios Stathakopoulos, King’s College London. Dionysios Stathakopoulos has been teaching at King's College London since 2005. He read Byzantine and Medieval History at the University of Münster and received his PhD from the University of Vienna. He is a social historian of the Byzantine world and has published widely on epidemics and famines, the practice and practitioners of medicine, charity, poverty and remembrance. His latest book is A Short History of the Byzantine Empire (2014), recently translated in Greek, Turkish and Estonian.…

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Alexandros Karakostis, “Setting a bridge between biological and cultural remains: Novel methods for the reconstruction of physical activity in the past”

January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Setting a bridge between biological and cultural remains: Novel methods for the reconstruction of physical activity in the past

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Gian Piero Milani “The Collection of Allied Aerial Photographs of the British School at Athens”

January 27 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Gian Piero Milani (PhD student, University of Oxford),  "The Collection of Allied Aerial Photographs of the British School at Athens”

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February 2020

The Work of the School in 2019

February 4 @ 5:00 pm
British Academy (London), 10 Carlton House Terrace
London, United Kingdom
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The Work of the School in 2019 by Professor John Bennet The Work of the Fitch Laboratory 2009-2019: Linking Britain with the Mediterranean by Dr Evangelia Kiriatzi (Fitch Laboratory Director, BSA) The Marc and Ismene Fitch Laboratory was founded over 45 years ago within the British School at Athens to promote the application of scientific techniques in archaeological research in Greece. In 2009-10, a generous donation by a long-lasting supporter of the institution enabled the establishment of a new Analytical…

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The Work of the School in 2019

February 13 @ 7:00 pm
Archaeological Society, 22 Panepistimiou Street
Athens, Greece
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The Work of the School in 2019 by Professor John Bennet (Director, BSA) Dr Zosia Archibald (University of Liverpool), "New Dimensions of an Ancient City: the Olynthos Project (2014-2019)"

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George Huxley: Achaeans, Hittites, and the Tale of Troy

February 18 @ 6:00 pm
Senate House (Room G22-26), Malet Street
London, WC1 United Kingdom
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  The lecture restates the reasons for equating the territory known to the Hittites as Ahhiyāwā with the lands of the late Bronze Age Achaean Greeks. Diplomatic relations between the two realms are examined with particular attention to the city called Wilusa by the Hittites. Finally, it is asked to what extent, if any, the Iliad recalled western Asia Minor and its political geography half a millennium and more after the period traditionally assigned to the Trojan War. George Huxley…

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The Work of the School in 2019

February 18 @ 7:00 pm

The Work of the School in 2019 by Professor John Bennet (Director, BSA) Dr Bettina Tsigarida (Director, Ephorate of Antiquities of Pella), "Νέες διαστάσεις στην έρευνα της αρχαίας ελληνικής πόλης: το ερευνητικό πρόγραμμα της Ολύνθου"

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Christina Margariti, “The potential of instrumental analysis of excavated textiles”

February 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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The Early Ottoman Peloponnese – A Study in the Light of an Annotated Editio Princeps of the TT10 – 1/14662 Ottoman Taxation Cadastre (ca. 1460 – 1463).

February 24 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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The Early Ottoman Peloponnese - A Study in the Light of an Annotated Editio Princeps of the TT10 – 1/14662 Ottoman Taxation Cadastre (ca. 1460 – 1463). In this book, Georgios C. Liakopoulos presents a unique insight into late Byzantine Peloponnese society and its economy, and how these were incorporated into the Ottoman Empire, using as reference the cadastre compiled immediately after the Ottoman conquest. What makes this study imperative is the fact that no similar Byzantine document of the…

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March 2020

Justin Holcomb, “Geoarchaeology at Stelida, Naxos and the search for the Aegean Paleolithic”

March 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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‘Moving Seaside’: Neolithic seafaring workshop – CANCELLED

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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This workshop will focus on seafaring in the Mediterranean of the Neolithic Period, and will stimulate discussion on the topic for featuring in an international documentary film 'Moving Stones'. We aim to discuss how throughout the Neolithic Period the seas, far from being obstacles, were major vectors of transportation and communication. All welcome. Joint workshop with French Institute for Anatolian Studies

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Mike Edwards, “Places in the Attic Orators: a philologist and his topography” – POSTPONED

March 17 @ 7:00 pm
British School at Athens, Library, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Professor Mike Edwards (Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London / Visiting Fellow, BSA), "Places in the Attic Orators: a philologist and his topography"

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CANCELLED: Lamprini Rori, ‘The Landscape of Political Violence in Crisis-Ridden Greece’

  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.   Political extremism has been present in Greece since 1974. Despite the adoption of a counter-terrorist governmental strategy around the turn of the millennium which temporarily limited episodes of violent extremism, violence remains a serious problem. By its unprecedented magnitude and durée, the ongoing financial crisis has triggered the emergence of circumstances that promote the toleration, acceptance and use of violence. The paper focuses on different expressions of political violence in…

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Panel Discussion: Archaeologists at the Trojan walls, meddling between myth and reality?

Archaeology is just one of the many disciplines that have approached the understanding of the site of Troy and the events in its history. In some ways, it occupies an awkward position between myth and the reality of the site. What is the role of archaeology in the modern consumption of Troy? Do archaeologists just look from the sidelines? A panel discussion will explore these issues in a frank and open manner. Contributors: Prof. Susan Sherratt, Dr. Naoise Mac Sweeney,…

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Voula Tsouna, “The techne analogy, the Argument from Benefit’ (Charm. 169c3-175a8), and its aftermath in the Republic” – POSTPONED

March 31 @ 5:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Professor Voula Tsouna (University of California), "The techne analogy, the Argument from Benefit' (Charm. 169c3-175a8), and its aftermath in the Republic" Co-organized by the BSA and the Research Centre for Greek Philosophy (Academy of Athens)

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POSTPONED: James Petre, “The Fortifications of Byzantine and Crusader Cyprus: some thoughts on origins, forms and functions”

March 31 @ 6:00 pm
Senate House (Room 349) London, United Kingdom + Google Map

  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.   Friends x SPBS Annual Lecture James first studied Cypriot fortifications when pursuing a master’s under Prof. Allen ‘Castles’ Brown at KCL. He only returned to this interest for his second doctoral thesis (Cardiff University 2010), supervised by Prof. Denys Pringle, which he developed into a book – The Fortifications of Cyprus under the Lusignans 1191-1489 (The Cyprus Research Centre, 2012). The monograph focuses on the Lusignan period but necessarily considers what came…

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April 2020

POSTPONED: Voula Tsouna, “Socrates and Critias debate the techne analogy. The Argument from Relatives’ (Charm. 167c8-169c2)”

April 1 @ 5:00 pm

Professor Voula Tsouna (University of California), "Socrates and Critias debate the techne analogy. The Argument from Relatives' (Charm. 167c8-169c2)" Co-organized by the BSA and the Research Centre for Greek Philosophy (Academy of Athens)

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POSTPONED: Charlotte Van Regenmortel, “A great transformation? Military labour and the Hellenistic economies”

April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dr Charlotte Van Regenmortel (Groningen)

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POSTPONED: Susan Mossman, Title TBC

April 21 @ 6:00 pm
Senate House (Room 349), Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.  

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POSTPONED: The Work of the BSA in 2019

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Prof. John Bennet (Director, BSA) Dr David Lewis- Title TBC

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Mike Edwards, “Places in the Attic Orators: a philologist and his topography”, Virtual Lecture.

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
British School at Athens, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece

Hundreds of places in Athens and Attica, and more broadly in Greece and across Europe, are referred to in the speeches of the Attic Orators, the canon of ten speechwriters and politicians from the fifth and fourth centuries BC. Among them are demes and sanctuaries, buildings and even walls. The precise location of many of these places remains uncertain, but often where a place was may have a direct bearing on the text or argument of a passage. In this…

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May 2020

POSTPONED: Emily Kneebone, “Imagined landscapes in imperial Greek epic poetry”

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Dr Emily Kneebone (BSA, Early Career Fellow / University of Nottingham), "Imagined landscapes in imperial Greek epic poetry"

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Nicholas Salmon, “Archives and Attribution: Reconstructing the British Museum’s excavation of Rhodes”, AthENIS e-seminar

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr Nicholas Salmon (BSA), "Archives and Attribution: Reconstructing the British Museum’s excavation of Rhodes" This presentation will focus on the excavation of Rhodes by British Vice Consul Alfred Biliotti and French artist Auguste Salzmann in the mid-nineteenth century, and how archives relating to this excavation can be used to retrieve the context of archaeological finds now kept in the British Museum. During the final months of their excavation of Kamiros in 1863-64, Alfred Biliotti kept a field diary that may…

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POSTPONED: “The Greek language after Antiquity: recent research and future directions in historical linguistics”

May 8 - May 9
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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"The Greek language after Antiquity: recent research and future directions in historical linguistics” PROGRAMME    

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Antonis Kotsonas, “Politics, research agendas, and the history of archaeology in Crete: an archival perspective on the exploration of ancient Lyktos (c. 1880 – 1940)”. Virtual Lecture

May 18 @ 7:00 pm

Professor Antonis Kotsonas (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University / BSA Bader Archive Lecturer 2019-2020), "Politics, research agendas, and the history of archaeology in Crete: an archival perspective on the exploration of ancient Lyktos (c. 1880 – 1940)" Politics and research agendas have had a major role in shaping the archaeology of Crete. This article focuses on the history of research on Lyktos, one of the most important ancient cities of the island, to explore…

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Mark Letteney, “Water to Aelia Capitolina: The Pools of Solomon from Hadrian to the British Mandate”, AthENIS e-seminar

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mark Letteney (Princeton University / ASCSA), "Water to Aelia Capitolina: The Pools of Solomon from Hadrian to the British Mandate" This event is hosted by AthENIS (Athens Early-Career Network of International Scholars), the new group for postgrads and postdocs, showcasing early-career researchers’ current projects and working papers in an informal and constructive environment. Zoom lecture invitation will be sent via the AthENIS mailing list. Please sign-up here: https://bit.ly/31b67Fh

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POSTPONED: Charles Brittain, “Protagorean hermeneutics.”

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street
Athens, Greece
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Professor Charles Brittain (Cornell University), "Protagorean hermeneutics"

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POSTPONED: Tulsi Parikh, “The Material of Polytheism in Archaic Greece”

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tulsi Parikh (Richard Bradford-McConnell Student / University of Cambridge), "The Material of Polytheism in Archaic Greece"

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POSTPONED: Annual Garden Party

May 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Annual Garden Party

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June 2020

HE Kate Smith, “Gennadios in London”, Virtual Lecture.

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

HE Kate Smith (British Ambassador to Greece), "Gennadios in London" Ioannis Gennadios was an exceptional figure of Western diplomacy.  Living in London for a period spanning seventy years he penetrated into British customs and character always remaining a great Greek patriot. From 1862, when he first set foot in London to 1932, when he died there, Gennadios shared his time between London and Greece and lived all the excitement and drama of British and Greek history from the eve of…

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

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 Greek world, though more commonly in the vocative χρηστὲ, with varying degrees of popularity at different times at least down to the late imperial period.…

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Stefano Frullini, “Synoikisms, tradition and reality: the cases of Elis and Mantinea”, AthENIS e-seminar

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Stefano Frullini (University of Cambridge / BSA), "Synoikisms, tradition and reality: the cases of Elis and Mantinea" This event is hosted by AthENIS (Athens Early-Career Network of International Scholars), the new group for postgrads and postdocs, showcasing early-career researchers’ current projects and working papers in an informal and constructive environment. Zoom lecture invitation will be sent via the AthENIS mailing list: please sign-up contact Michael Loy or Eric Driscoll to be added to this mailing list.

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Michael Scott, “The View from the Aegean: Greek perspectives on a global ancient world” Virtual Lecture

June 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Prof. Michael Scott (University of Warwick), "The View from the Aegean: Greek perspectives on a global ancient world" We are used to thinking about Greece in its hey-day as well connected to - and its inhabitants keen explorers of - a wide Mediterranean world. We know well the stories of particular Greeks who ventured further afield, bringing Greek influence to central and southern Asia, as well as exploring as far as Britain to the West. But, by the time of…

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July 2020

Paul Cartledge, “Thebes: the (nearly) lost city of Ancient Greece” Virtual Lecture

July 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Prof. Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge), “Thebes: the (nearly) lost city of Ancient Greece” The city of Thebes in ancient Greece has too often been 'forgotten' - for various reasons. But actually there were two ancient cities of Thebes, not just one: the City of Myth (Kadmos, Oedipus and co) and the City of History (e.g., Epameinondas). The latter has been more often forgotten than the former! This short talk, based on a recent book, will seek to introduce both…

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September 2020

Quarantine Art Exhibition

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

This exhibit will celebrate the work of creatives worldwide who have experienced quarantine, lockdown, isolation as part of the coronavirus pandemic. Please reserve your free ticket for this event on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quarantine-art-exhibition-tickets-118120530687 Entry to the exhibition will be according to booked times slots so that we can ensure physical distancing on the premises. Booking is therefore essential.

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Quarantine Art Exhibition

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

This exhibit will celebrate the work of creatives worldwide who have experienced quarantine, lockdown, isolation as part of the coronavirus pandemic. Please reserve your free ticket for this event on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quarantine-art-exhibition-tickets-118120530687 Entry to the exhibition will be according to booked times slots so that we can ensure physical distancing on the premises. Booking is therefore essential.

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October 2020

Beyond words: history and translation in modern Greek fiction

October 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Beyond words: history and translation in modern Greek fiction – David Ricks (King’s College London), Karen Emmerich (Princeton), Lambrini Kouzeli (journalist and translator), and Joshua Barley (translator). A panel discussion exploring how translators manage the reader's historical awareness in relation to modern Greek fiction and how these works can be made relevant for a contemporary audience. This event is a collaboration between the BSA and Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London. It is co-organised with Aiora Press. Virtual panel discussion Friday 2 October, 6pm…

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Dimitris Sotiropoulos, ‘Populism, party politics, and the economic crisis: contrasting the case of Greece with the case of Portugal’

October 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dimitris Sotiropoulos (University of Athens), ‘Populism, party politics, and the economic crisis: contrasting the case of Greece with the case of Portugal’ Discussant: Lamprini Rori (University of Exeter) Research webinar series on Modern Greek Studies organised by the British School at Athens and the Greek Politics Specialist Group Organisers: Eirini Karamouzi (University of Sheffield) and Lamprini Rori (University of Exeter) - Hosted by the British School at Athens Abstract Among all South European countries, Greece underwent the most severe economic…

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November 2020

Christy Constantakopoulou, “Gods, Slaves, Goats and Pirates in the Aegean Islands.  Insular Life and Inter-island Connectivity in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods.”

November 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Professor Christy Constantakopoulou (Birkbeck, University of London), "Gods, Slaves, Goats and Pirates in the Aegean Islands.  Insular Life and Inter-island Connectivity in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods."  Abstract The lecture will explore some little-known stories of island connectivity from the Classical and early Hellenistic Aegean. The presence of many islands is a dominant feature of the Aegean Sea. The geographical landscape of the Cyclades, in particular, created the necessary context for increased maritime traffic throughout classical antiquity. Contrary to literary…

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Roderick Beaton, “From the Europe of empires to the Europe of nation-states: The Greek Revolution of 1821 in international context, 200 years on”

November 12

Image: Statue of Bishop Germanos of Old Patras at the Monastery of Agia Lavra, Kalavryta.    2021 will mark the bicentenary of the outbreak of the Greek Revolution, or War of Independence. As that anniversary approaches, this talk takes a long view, beginning with the European settlement reached at the Congress of Vienna in 1814-15, known as the ‘Concert of Europe’, and continuing with the disappearance of multi-national empires and their replacement throughout the continent by the nation states that…

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Syma Tariq, “Dreaming of Entopia: Constantinos Doxiadis in Pakistan”

November 16 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 pm

Source: Constantinos A. Doxiadis Archives© Constantinos and Emma Doxiadis Foundation                         Syma Tariq (University of the Arts London / BSA Arts Residency holder), "Dreaming of Entopia: Constantinos Doxiadis in Pakistan" Abstract Greek architect and town planner Constantinos Doxiadis played an enormous role in the urban development of the nascent nation state of Pakistan, most notably through his masterplan of its new capital city, Islamabad, in 1960. In this talk, I…

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

November 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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, these communities shared also the Greek language, Romaiika. The Greeks were all around the Greek lands, the Christian Orthodox Romioi. Evliya Çelebi, the famous Ottoman…

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