Dr Stacey Prickett, "Dancing nations at the Athens Festival: cultural diplomacy during the Cold War"

Upper House Seminar 26 Feb 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Stacey Prickett (University of Roehampton) will introduce the topic:"Dancing nations at the Athens Festival: cultural diplomacy during the Cold War"

Dr Lente Van Brempt, "The production and trade of Cypriot copper in the Late Bronze Age - From ore to ingot: unravelling the metallurgical chain"

Fitch-Wiener Seminar 27 Feb 2018 (17:00)

Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA

Dr Lente Van Brempt (Department of Archaeology and ANE Cultures,Tel Aviv University) will introduce the topic: "The production and trade of Cypriot copper in the Late Bronze Age - From ore to ingot: unravelling the metallurgical chain"

Dr Stephen Lambert, "Attic inscriptions online"

Visiting Fellow Lecture 05 Mar 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Penrose Library

Dr Stephen Lambert (University of Cardiff) will introduce the topic: "Attic inscriptions online"

Dr Eirini Karamouzi, "Troublemaker or Peacemaker? Andreas Papandreou, the policy of peace and the Cold War"

Upper House Seminar 12 Mar 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Eirini Karamouzi (BSA Early Career Fellow / University of Sheffield) will introduce the topic: "Troublemaker or Peacemaker? Andreas Papandreou, the policy of peace and the Cold War"

Dr Panagiotis Poulos, "Musical Topographies of late Ottoman Istanbul"

Upper House Seminar 19 Mar 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Panagiotis Poulos (University of Athens) will introduce the topic: "Musical Topographies of late Ottoman Istanbul"

Dr Christopher Gill, "Stoic detachment-is this a myth?"

Philosophy Seminar 21 Mar 2018 (17:00)

E. Lambridis' Library (Ypsilantou 9)

Dr Christopher Gill (University of Exeter) "Stoic detachment-is this a myth?" Abstract - A rather common modern (though not ancient) criticism of Stoicism is that Stoicism promotes an attitude of ‘detachment’ from other people. This criticism has been made by Martha Nussbaum and Richard Sorabji, for instance. This criticism is rather puzzling in that Stoicism – by contrast with Epicureanism, for instance - encourages deep and sustained involvement in family and communal life, as well as in friendship. Scholarly claims of Stoic detachment are based, in large measure, on a single theme and indeed passage, in Epictetus (Handbook 3, a shortened version of Discourses 3.24.88), which includes the rather disturbing image of kissing your child while reminding yourself that he or she may die. In this talk, I locate this passage in the context of Discourse 24 as a whole and more broadly, of Stoic thinking about the combination of personal and social involvement and acceptance of the possibility of death (drawing on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, for instance). I suggest that interpreting these Stoic ideas as expressing detachment from other people is misleading and that it may reflect a specifically modern sensibility

Dr Christopher Gill, "What does Stoic ethics have to contribute to modern moral philosophy?"

Philosophy Seminar 22 Mar 2018 (17:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Christopher Gill (University of Exeter) "What does Stoic ethics have to contribute to modern moral philosophy?" Abstract - Since the 1980s at least, renewed attention to Aristotle (for instance, by Anscombe, MacIntyre and Williams) has led to a revival of virtue ethics (and to a lesser extent eudaimonism), alongside more established modes of modern moral philosophy, notably, Kantian and Utilitarian. Stoic ethics has not figured much in this revival, even though for about five centuries in Antiquity (3rd cent. BC to 2nd cent AD), Stoicism was regarded as the main rival to Platonic or Aristotelian forms of ethics. What could greater attention to Stoicism contribute to current debate in modern moral philosophy? In this talk I aim to encapsulate what I see as the most striking and distinctive features of Stoic ethics. This consists, on the one hand, in an innovative and systematic version of axiology (theory of value), centred on the distinction between good and ‘indifferents’. This is closely integrated with a specific form of ethical naturalism. This involves, in part, the systematic deployment of the idea of ‘nature’ within the value-theory. It also consists in the attempt to correlate the understanding of ethics with that of ‘nature’, in a number of senses, including human psychology and the place of humanity within nature as a whole. On the basis of this account, I maintain that Stoic ethics can offer an alternative, perhaps preferable, to Aristotle, as a template for modern versions of virtue ethics (more precisely, for modern forms of virtue ethics combined with eudaimonism and ethical naturalism). I also suggest that certain features of Stoicism, especially their accounts of the virtue-happiness relationship and of social ethics, offer the basis of fruitful engagement with other style of modern moral theory (including Kantian and Utilitarian). Finally, I claim that Stoic ethics can offer suggestive parallels for modern moral theories in their moves to address topics such as human psychology and the place of humanity in the environment in a more ‘naturalistic’ way than has been normal for those theories.

Dr Ioanna Sitaridou, "Romeyka in Turkey: Throwing new light on the historical development of the Greek language"

Upper House Seminar 26 Mar 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Ioanna Sitaridou (University of Cambridge) will introduce the topic: "Romeyka in Turkey: Throwing new light on the historical development of the Greek language"

Dr Eirini Avramopoulou, "Histories and geographies of displacement, trauma and asylums in Leros island"

Upper House Seminar 16 Apr 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Eirini Avramopoulou (BSA A.G. Leventis Fellow in Hellenic Studies) will introduce the topic: "Histories and geographies of displacement, trauma and asylums in Leros island"

Dr Huw Halstead, "Reclaiming the land: belonging, place, and environmental transformation in Kambos, Western Thessaly"

Upper House Seminar 07 May 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Huw Halstead (BSA Macmillan-Rodewald Student/University of York) will introduce the topic: "Reclaiming the land: belonging, place, and environmental transformation in Kambos, Western Thessaly"

Dr Ruth Macrides, "The Scottish connection in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies"

Bader Archive Lecture 09 May 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Ruth Macrides (University of Birmingham) will introduce the topic: "The Scottish connection in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies"

Dr Ian Collins, "John Craxton: A Life of Gifts"

Lecture 10 May 2018 (18:00)

British Academy, Wolfson Auditorium

Dr Ian Collins, "John Craxton: A Life of Gifts" [Artist and adventurer John Craxton (1922-2009) said that life was more important than art – while pouring his intrepid, sociable existence into ravishing and exhilarating pictures. No one ever enjoyed living more than he did. One of the youthful hopes of British art longed to live abroad, and when finally escaping to Greece after the war he never looked back – celebrating the light, landscapes, heat, food and most of all the people of his adopted homeland in glittering colourist paintings which reworked Cubism and paid homage to both Greek mythology and Byzantine art. }