Past Events – Page 2 – British School at Athens

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. […]

Alison Hadfield, “In Touch with the Past: How Artefact Handling Promotes Memory and Wellbeing”

Alison Hadfield (University of St. Andrews), “In Touch with the Past: How Artefact Handling Promotes Memory and Wellbeing” The speaker will focus on her research on the memory and wellbeing benefits of ancient artefact handling for people living with dementia. Alison will share with us the creative learning programmes that she has organised and executed […]

Prof. Rebecca Sweetman,”The Work of the BSA in 2022″ and Prof. Katherine Harloe, “The Beyond Notability Project: Re-evaluating Women’s Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries”

Professor Rebecca Sweetman (BSA Director) The Work of the BSA in 2022 and Professor Katherine Harloe (ICS Director) The Beyond Notability Project: Re-evaluating Women’s Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries Abstract: Beyond Notability (beyondnotability.org) is a three-year AHRC-funded collaboration between the Institute of Classical Studies, the University of Southampton and […]

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 […]

Graham Shipley, “Space and place in early Hellenistic and Classical Messenia”

BSA Friends' Lecture (hybrid: in-person and online)   Prof. Graham Shipley (University of Leicester) Abstract: In this lecture I plan to outline some developing reflections on Classical and early Hellenistic Messenia as a dynamic landscape, attempting to apply concepts such as regionality, civic territories, and routes as well as certain geographical notions explored by the […]

Artemios Oikonomou, ‘Understanding commercial activities: new data from core formed glass from Greece and beyond’

American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Wiener Laboratory 54 Souidias Street, Athens, Greece

Dr. Artemios Oikonomou, 'Understanding commercial activities: new data from core formed glass from Greece and beyond' Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics, NCSR Demokritos & Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center    

Roderick Beaton, “British and other Philhellenes in the Greek Revolution during the 1820s”

BSA Friends’ Lecture (hybrid: in-person and online) Prof. Roderick Beaton (KCL), "British and other Philhellenes in the Greek Revolution during the 1820s" Abstract: From the very beginning, the Greek Revolution was never a purely local affair, for Greeks alone. In April 1821 Petrombey Mavromichalis, who had raised the standard of revolution at Kalamata, issued a call […]

Literature in the Aftermath of the 1922 Asia Minor Catastrophe: Reception

Image: Refugees at Knossos, 1922. Image reproduced with permission of the UN Archives. The original image shows on p. 190 of League of Nations, Greek Refugee Settlement (Geneva, 1926) https://owncloud.unog.ch/s/CnijycaeZtxXsac#pdfviewer   Literature in the Aftermath of the 1922 Asia Minor Catastrophe: Reception   This is the second of two panel discussions co-organised with the Centre for […]

Michael Cosmopoulos, “Homer and the Mycenaeans: The Mycenaean City of Iklaina and the Iliad”

BSA Friends' Lecture (online only)   Prof. Michael Cosmopoulos, "Homer and the Mycenaeans: The Mycenaean City of Iklaina and the Iliad" Abstract: For thousands of years Homer’s Iliad has remained the classic tale of love, honor, and war.  Exciting archaeological discoveries in the past 150 years have unearthed the great palaces of the Homeric heroes and […]

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 […]

Literature in the Aftermath of the 1922 Asia Minor Catastrophe: Translation

Image: Refugees at Knossos, 1922. Image reproduced with permission of the UN Archives. The original image shows on p. 190 of League of Nations, Greek Refugee Settlement (Geneva, 1926) https://owncloud.unog.ch/s/CnijycaeZtxXsac#pdfviewer   Literature in the Aftermath of the 1922 Asia Minor Catastrophe: Translation   This is the first of two panel discussions co-organised with the Centre […]

Supporter Event: John Bennet, “Documentary archaeology in Messenia, or what does an 18th c. AD defter have to do with 13th c. BC clay tablets?”

BSA Friends’ Virtual Lecture This is an exclusive event for BSA Supporters only. If you would like to join us, please consider signing up as a Supporter for as little as £40 (£20 for students) if you have not already done so. You can find out more, and sign up, here: https://www.bsa.ac.uk/join-us-2/become-a-supporter/ Prof. John Bennet […]

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 […]

Carlotta Gardner, “Recognising wood ash tempered ceramics. The impact of wood ash temper on textural, chemical and mineralogical compositions of ceramic bodies”

American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Wiener Laboratory 54 Souidias Street, Athens, Greece

Dr. Carlotta Gardner (Fitch Laboratory, British School at Athens), “Recognising wood ash tempered ceramics. The impact of wood ash temper on textural, chemical and mineralogical compositions of ceramic bodies”

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 […]

‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mortuary Data’

LBA/EIA/Archaic Aegean ECR group mini conference (Zoom), hosted by the British School at Athens: ‘Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mortuary Data’ Co-organised by Hannah Jingwen Lee (Sheffield) and Michael Loy (BSA) This is to be the fourth in a series of meetings aimed at laying the foundations for a collaborative network of Early Career Researchers with interests […]

Pamela Armstrong, “Lost in translation: Byzantine Lakonia & the Amyklaion”

BSA Friends' Lecture (hybrid: in-person & online) Dr Pamela Armstrong (University of Oxford), "Lost in translation: Byzantine Lakonia & the Amyklaion" Abstract: This lecture considers the results of the British School at Athens’ survey of Lakonia, directed by Professors Joost Crouwel and Bill Cavanagh, for the Byzantine period. A presentation of the changing landscape over […]

“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 […]

Chrysanthi Gallou, Jon Henderson and Bill Cavanagh, “Pavlopetri – the Sunken City Explored”

BSA Friends’ Lecture (online only) Dr Chrysanthi Gallou, Dr. Jon Henderson & Professor Bill Cavanagh, "Pavlopetri – the Sunken City Explored"   Abstract: Pavlopetri, off the coast of Laconia, Greece, has remains dating from at least 3,500 BC through to the Protogeometric period c.900 BC. Underwater research over the past decade, as a joint project by […]

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 […]

Paul Cartledge, “Sparta: how odd?”

BSA Friends' Lecture (online only) Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge), "Sparta: how odd?” Abstract: For most non-Spartan ancient Greeks the community and polity of Sparta seemed decidedly odd: very military, exceptionally if not excessively pious, unusually liberal towards its women citizens, and unique in its compulsory educational cycle that included institutionalised homosexuality/pederasty. Against them […]

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 […]

Single-grain optical dating: continuous progress and lingering pitfalls

American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Wiener Laboratory 54 Souidias Street, Athens, Greece

FITCH-WIENER LABS SEMINAR SERIES “Single-grain optical dating: continuous progress and lingering pitfalls” Professor Zenobia Jacobs (Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong, Australia) Wednesday, 12th October 2022, 17:00 p.m. The seminar will take place at the Wiener Laboratory (American School of Classical Studies at Athens) For any enquiries, tel.: 213-000-2400 (133) Email: infoWienerLab@ascsa.edu.gr Masks are […]

Robert Parker, “Helen of Sparta (sic)”

Professor Robert Parker (University of Oxford), "Helen of Sparta (sic)" BSA Friends' Lecture (online only) Webinar registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PErVbI_fQXSXc-CjE2jaYg Tuesday 11 October 2022, 5pm (UK) / 7pm (Greece)

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 […]

Natalie Haynes, “Stone Blind”

Natalie Haynes (Writer and Broadcaster) talking about her new book, "Stone Blind". https://nataliehaynes.com/ Abstract Medusa is one of the most recognisable figures in Greek Myth: her face has stared out at us for millennia, from Agamemnon’s shield in the Iliad to Versace’s logo now. Gorgons and gorgon heads were an enormously popular feature on ancient […]

Bill Cavanagh, “Kouphovouno and the story of Lakonia 6000-1600 BC”

BSA Friends' Lecture (online only) Prof. Bill Cavanagh, "Kouphovouno and the story of Lakonia 6000-1600 BC" Abstract: Early farmers settled at Kouphovouno, just south of Sparta, around 5,800 BC, one part of the great neolithic peopling of Europe. The site was occupied, on and off, over some 4,500 years. The new excavations have revealed the houses […]

Thomas Gallant, “Historical and Contemporary Archaeology in Greece”

BSA Friends' Lecture Series Prof. Thomas Gallant (University of California, San Diego), Historical and Contemporary Archaeology in Greece Abstract: The fields of Historical Archaeology and Contemporary Archaeology are well-established globally, yet they have only recently begun to gain traction in the study of the Greek world. In this illustrated talk, Thomas Gallant assesses their state-of-play by examining […]

Round table: “The Anatomy of the Greek middle class”

Speakers: Panagis Panagiotopoulos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens),  Valia Aranitou (University of Crete), Aristos Doxiadis (Big Pi) Discussant: Lamprini Rori (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) 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 […]

Mary Ikoniadou, “Periodical publishing: images, texts and materiality in processes of constructing, performing and (re)claiming the nation in Cold War Greece”

Dr Mary Ikoniadou (University of Central Lancashire / BSA, Early Career Fellow),  "Periodical publishing: images, texts and materiality in processes of constructing, performing and (re)claiming the nation in Cold War Greece" Abstract This presentation looks at the entangled relationship between periodicals, politics and ideas about the nation, with regard to Greece during the Cold War. […]

Lesley Brown, “Self-sufficiency in Aristotle and others: what’s so good about Autarkeia?”

Professor Lesley Brown (University of Oxford), "Self-sufficiency in Aristotle and others: what’s so good about Autarkeia?" Abstract  Self-sufficiency – autarkeia – is a familiar Greek cultural value, and one of the hallmarks of the best life according to Aristotle. But what makes a life self-sufficient? I probe his claim that the life of philosophical reflection […]

Georgios Karyotis, “Culture Wars? Affective Polarisation and Emerging Political Cleavages in Crises-Ridden Greece”

Georgios Karyotis (University of Glasgow), "Culture Wars? Affective Polarisation and Emerging Political Cleavages in Crises-Ridden Greece" Discussant: Manos Matsaganis (Polytechnic University of Milan) Research 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 (National and Kapodistrian University […]

‘Lisa French and her work in Greece’

British School at Athens 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

The Director of the BSA has the pleasure of inviting you to a commemorative event  'Lisa French and her work in Greece' to be held on Thursday 26 May beginning at 1900 The event will comprise short talks by the Director, Lisa's daughter, Ann French, and Dr Iphigeneia Tournavitou, followed by a reception in the BSA […]

Nomos Basileus: A Colloquim in Honour of Edward Harris

Organisers: David Lewis (University of Edinburgh), Mirko Canevaro (University of Edinburgh), Sylvian Fachard (Université de Lausanne) Thursday, May 19: Cotsen Hall, ASCSA 19:00 Introduction (David Lewis, Mirko Canevaro & Sylvian Fachard) 19:30 Keynote: Alain Bresson (Chicago): ‘Law and Trade Organization in Hellenistic Delos’ Reception Friday, May 20, BSA Upper House Session 1 9:00-9:45 Judson Hermann […]

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 […]

Mo Throp “Understanding Fine Art practice as Research”, W K Lyhne, “Can the Image of the Agnus Dei be remade using Maternality?”,

Dr Mo Throp (Associate Researcher Chelsea College of Arts), "Understanding Fine Art practice as Research" and W. K. Lyhne (BSA Arts Bursary Award Holder 2022), "Can the Image of the Agnus Dei be remade using Maternality?" Mo Throp will discuss how the process of the introduction of PhD programmes for Fine Art has brought particular […]

‘Networks and connectivity’: mini-conference for Early Career Researchers

We invite you to participate in this mini conference, which will be hosted by the British School at Athens, via Zoom, on 4 May 2022. This is to be the third in a series of meetings aimed at laying the foundations for an effective future collaborative network of Early Career Researchers with interests broadly embracing the […]

John Sellars, ‘Philosophy as a Way of Life in the Renaissance’

Image: © The Trustees of the British Museum Dr John Sellars (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘Philosophy as a Way of Life in the Renaissance’ Abstract The Renaissance saw the rise of a group of intellectuals, interested in a wide range of subjects, often labelled ‘Humanists’. These figures have sometimes been derided by historians of philosophy […]

John Sellars, ‘Aristotle and Philosophy as a Way of Life’

Dr John Sellars (Royal Holloway, University of London),  'Aristotle and Philosophy as a Way of Life' Abstract Pierre Hadot famously stated that in antiquity philosophy was understood primarily as a way of life. At first glance, it is far from clear that Aristotle understood philosophy in this way. If Aristotle turned out not to fit […]

Dimitris Tziovas, “Reframing Metapolitefsi: Transitions and Identity”

Professor Dimitris Tziovas (University of Birmingham), "Reframing Metapolitefsi: Transitions and Identity" Abstract The event aims to offer a new perspective on the period from junta to crisis based on the new book by Dimitris Tziovas, titled Greece from Junta to Crisis: modernization, transition, diversity The recent economic crisis in Greece has triggered national self-reflection and prompted a re-examination […]

State, Culture, Identities. Views from the Archaeological Archives

Organisers: De­spina Lalaki (City Uni­ver­sity of New York – CUNY), Zi­novia Lialiouti (Na­tional and Kapodis­trian Uni­ver­sity of Athens), Nikos Vafeas (Uni­ver­sity of Crete), Ioan­nis Koubourlis (Uni­ver­sity of Crete) Register to attend in person Register to participate on Zoom (Friday) Register to participate on Zoom (Saturday) See the conference programme here States are em­bed­ded in cul­tural […]

Argos in History, Argos and History: A Reappraisal of Ancient Argos

Organisers: Stefano Frullini (University of Cambridge), Evan Vance (University of California, Berkeley), Clémence Weber-Pallez (École française d’Athènes) Register to attend in person Register to participate on Zoom See the conference programme here What are we to do with Argos? The city has long been an important source of detail for debates in epichoric history - […]

Book Discussion: ‘Athens: City of Wisdom’ by Bruce Clark

Author, Journalist and Lecturer, Bruce Clark discusses his latest book with Prof. Bettany Hughes (Historian, Author and Broadcaster) and Dr John Kittmer (Former British Ambassador to Greece). In the words of the publisher, " a sweeping history of Athens, telling the three-thousand-year story of the birthplace of Western civilization, from Runciman Award winner Bruce Clark. Each of the book's […]

Jane Rempel, ‘“Home to an original and distinctive form of Hellenism”: Athenian exports and Black Sea burials’

Image:  Minns, E.H. 1913. Scythians and Greeks. Cambridge, p. 300. Dr Jane Rempel (University of Sheffield / BSA Visiting Fellow), '“Home to an original and distinctive form of Hellenism”: Athenian exports and Black Sea burials' Abstract In an overview of the Greek cities in the Black Sea, Stanley Burstein (2006:150) described the region as “…home to […]

Book Discussion: ‘The Greeks: A Global History’ by Prof. Roderick Beaton

Distinguished historian and BSA Chairman Prof. Roderick Beaton (KCL) discusses his latest book with Prof. John Bennet (Director, BSA), Prof. Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge), Bruce Clark (Author, Journalist and Lecturer), and Prof. Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford). In the words of the publisher, "The Greeks: A Global History is the story of a culture that […]

“The Work of the British School at Athens in 2021” presented by Professor John Bennet

Professor John Bennet FSA  (Director), The Work of the British School at Athens in 2021 and  Dr Kostis Christakis (Knossos Curator), The Knossos Stratigraphical Museum - from Evans and Mackenzie to the present (and into the future). These lectures will be held in-person for a limited number of attendees  at the Archaeological Society, Panepistimiou 22, 105 64 Athens […]

Stella Ladi, “The Role of Experts in Crisis Management and Public Trust: Evidence from a public survey across four European countries”

Stella Ladi (Panteion University/Queen Mary), "The Role of Experts in Crisis Management and Public Trust: Evidence from a public survey across four European countries" Abstract While experts are at the forefront of government efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, little research has been done on how expert involvement has affected levels of public trust towards […]

BSA Undergraduate Course 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Macmillan Hall, Senate House, London , United Kingdom

Help us to spread the word — and save the date! Are you an alum of the British School at Athens Undergraduate Course? This year the British School at Athens is celebrating 50 years of its Undergraduate Course 'The Archaeology and Topography of Greece', having brought over a thousand students to Greece to explore the breadth of […]

Annual Open Lectures 2022

Please join us for the Annual Open Lectures of the British School at Athens on Tuesday 8 February 2022 at 5.15pm (UK) / 7.15pm (Greece) which will be held in a hybrid format from the British Academy in London. The following lectures will be presented, with Prof. Charles Tripp in the chair.   PROFESSOR JOHN BENNET FSA (Director) The […]