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Education in and beyond the Greek Gymnasium

Education in and beyond the Greek Gymnasium at the Swedish Institute at Athens and the Academy of Athens The gymnasium was the main institution for civic education for ancient Greeks, and one of the most characteristic landmarks of the Greek polis, according to ancient authors such as Dio Chrysostom and Aelius Aristidēs. As a result, the Greek gymnasium as […]

Stephen Duckworth, “Nineteenth century travellers in Crete – Edward Lear, Pashley and Spratt”

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BSA Friends' Lecture Stephen Duckworth, “Nineteenth century travellers in Crete - Edward Lear, Pashley and Spratt” Abstract: Whilst Western travellers to the newly independent Greece in the 19th century after independence were often critical of the performance and effectiveness of the new government, travel in Crete was very different. It was still under Ottoman rule after the […]

Benjamin Morison, “Δόξα and ἐπιστήμη in Aristotle: some implications for ethical thought”

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

THE MICHAEL FREDE MEMORIAL LECTURE Professor Benjamin Morison (Princeton University), "Δόξα and ἐπιστήμη in Aristotle: some implications for ethical thought" Abstract: According to Aristotle, one part of our soul grasps scientific truths and can achieve ἐπιστήμη concerning them. A different part knows about practical truths, including truths about morality, and has a different kind of […]

Christine Willis, “50 years a Potter”

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

BSA Friends Greece lecture Christine Willis, "50 years a Potter" Event description: My Story: In the past year, I have been working with a group of Archaeologist and PhD students researching the different clays in the Anthemounta River Valley on the outskirts of Thessaloniki. Most of these archaeologist have been working on the site of […]

Conor Trainor, “What Happened Under Roman Rule? A View From Two Greek Cities”

Senate House (Room G37) London, United Kingdom

BSA Friends' Lecture Dr Conor Trainor (University of Warwick), “What Happened Under Roman Rule? A View From Two Greek Cities” Abstract: Traditionally, the Roman period of Greek history has been interpreted as a period of economic decline, or stagnation. In recent years, new research, especially from survey projects, has begun to challenge this picture. This […]

John Pendlebury Anniversary

Vikelaia Municipal Library Aktarika Megaron Eleftherios, Venizelos Square, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Exhibition-Workshop   Friday 17 May 2024 18:30 (EEST) in-person and Saturday 18 May 2024 9:30 (EEST) in-person with events continuing until 17 June   Full programme: Pendlebury programme   Location: VIKELAIA MUNICIPAL LIBRARY Aktarika Megaron​ Eleftherios Venizelos Square​ 71202, Heraklion​, Crete Organizers: Region of Crete, British School at Athens, Vikelaia Municipal Library The event will […]

Conference: New Directions in the Archaeology of Roman Greece: Connectivity, Interaction and Innovation

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

  NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ROMAN GREECE: CONNECTIVITY, INTERACTION AND INNOVATION Conference at the British School at Athens, 15–17 May 2024 We are delighted to invite you to a three-day international conference entitled “New Directions in the Archaeology of Roman Greece: Connectivity, Interaction and Innovation,” which will take place at the British School […]

Senta German, “Piet de Jong and the Post War Restorations of Knossos”

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

BSA Bader Archive Lecture Senta German (Montclair State University), “Piet de Jong and the Post War Restorations of Knossos” Abstract: To most visitors, the restorations of the site of Knossos are the site’s most distinguishing feature.  Begun under the direction of Sir Arthur Evans during his first season of excavation in 1900, work to restore, […]

Beckett’s Breath: Anti-theatricality and the Visual Arts – Dr Sozita Goudouna

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

Book Launch and artistic interventions in the garden - performance, screening, panel discussion "Beckett's Breath: Anti-theatricality and the Visual Arts" | Dr Sozita Goudouna The British School at Athens, in partnership with the British Council, Edinburgh University Press and Nissos Academic Publishing, hosts the Greek book launch of Dr. Sozita Goudouna’s book «Η Αναπνοή του […]

Sebastian Marshall, “Beyond the Classical Landscape: Photographs of Rural Greece from the SPHS Image Collection”

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

Upper House Seminar Sebastian Marshall (Cambridge/BSA), “Beyond the Classical Landscape: Photographs of Rural Greece from the SPHS Image Collection” Abstract: Since the earliest days of modern travel to Greece, landscape and the rural environment have been an object of fascination among foreign visitors. A preoccupation with ancient ‘topography’ and ‘picturesque’ views are familiar tropes in […]

Gelina Harlaftis, “Onassis Business History, 1924-1975”

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

Upper House Seminar Organised as part of the Modern Greek Studies program run by Dr Lamprini Rori (University of Athens) and Dr Eirini Karamouzi (Sheffield) Prof. Gelina Harlaftis (IMS/FORTH), “Onassis Business History, 1924-1975” Abstract: Aristotle Onassis is the most famous shipowner of the 20th century, the archetype and image of the shipowning magnate, the symbol of Greek […]

Andrew Womack, “Mapping Proto-Silk Road Interaction Networks in Northwestern China: Insights from Ceramic Analysis”

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

Fitch Weiner Seminar Dr Andrew Womack (Furman University), "Mapping Proto-Silk Road Interaction Networks in Northwestern China: Insights from Ceramic Analysis"   In-person only, 17:00 (Greece) at the Wiener Lab, American School of Classical Studies at Athens   images: left: MJY - QJ Pot Comparison, right: MJY Interaction Image

Flora Michelaki, “The tholos cemeteries in south-central Crete and their social implications during Pre- and Protopalatial periods”

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BSA Friends' Lecture Dr Flora Michelaki (BSA), “The tholos cemeteries in south-central Crete and their social implications during Pre- and Protopalatial periods” Abstract: This lecture presents a synopsis of my doctoral thesis that aimed to examine the architectural and depositional complexity of the best documented tholos cemeteries in south-central Crete during the Prepalatial and Protopalatial […]

Matthew Evans, “Group Identity, Representation, and the Gymnasium on Late Hellenistic Delos”

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

BSA Upper House Seminar Dr Matthew Evans (BSA/Warwick), “Group Identity, Representation, and the Gymnasium on Late Hellenistic Delos” Abstract: In the corpus of inscriptions from Delos during the Second Athenian Domination (167/6 – 88 BCE), we come across various formal and informal groups associated with the island’s athletic education institutions. This paper explores the role […]

Andrea Applebee, “Sex, Power, and Poetry: Inspirations and Challenges from the Classics”

British School at Athens 52 Souedias Street, Athens, Greece

Pudica by Cicek Tascioglu Beeby Greek Friends' Event - poetry reading Andrea Applebee, “Sex, Power, and Poetry: Inspirations and Challenges from the Classics” Event Description: Let’s gather to speak to how these ways of relating shape each other. The language of the body and the language of the soul have long courted, negotiated with, and […]

Bastien Rueff, “Illuminating the past: from the lamp to the light in Minoan Crete”

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

  Fitch Wiener Seminar Dr Bastien Rueff (École française d’Athènes), “Illuminating the past: from the lamp to the light in Minoan Crete”   In-person only, 5pm (Greece) at the Wiener Lab, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Kostas Kotsakis, “A solar flare in 5259 BCE solves the Dispilio riddle”

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

BSA Upper House Seminar Prof. Kostas Kotsakis (Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), "A solar flare in 5259 BCE solves the Dispilio riddle"   Abstract: Dispilio by Kastoria Lake is Greece's first systematically excavated wetland site. It contains waterlogged wooden piles, C14 dated to the 6th millennium BCE at a density of almost 1000 piles […]

Sevi Triantaphyllou, “Investigating the use of fire on human remains in the prehistoric Aegean”

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BSA Supporter Exclusive Lecture Dr Sevi Triantaphyllou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), “Investigating the use of fire on human remains in the prehistoric Aegean” Abstract: Exposure of the body to fire causes various physical and chemical alterations which involve shrinkage, breakage, warping, complete deformation as well as removal of the organic component and the modification of […]

Eva Mol, “Myth, matter, and the making of the Mediterranean”

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

Davelis cave, Pentelli, Athens. Photo: Eva Mol BSA Visiting Fellow lecture Dr Eva Mol (University of York), “Myth, matter, and the making of the Mediterranean” Abstract: The lecture will share work in progress on my current project about myth and materiality. It focuses on the roles that objects and physical locations played in the creation […]

Tina Rowe, Artist in Residence

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

Artist in Residence talk Tina Rowe (University of the Arts London/BSA), Artist in Residence Abstract: UAL Research Resident Artist Tina Rowe will talk about the residency and the ways that this experience has evolved her approach to her PhD. She will discuss her use of the archive and the questions that have arisen from working […]

Canceled Maria Rousou, “Bridging the gap: a multidisciplinary approach towards the understanding of Pistacia fixed oil extraction in the Mediterranean world”

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

  Fitch Wiener Seminar Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.   Dr Maria Rousou (University of Jijel, Algeria, and Wiener Lab, ASCSA), “Bridging the gap: a multidisciplinary approach towards the understanding of Pistacia fixed oil extraction in the Mediterranean world” In-person only, 5pm (Greece) at the Wiener Lab, American School of […]

Annual Open Lectures 2024 – Athens

Annual Open Lectures 2024 Athens   Please join us for the Annual Open Lectures of the British School at Athens on Thursday 15th February 2024, 7pm which will be held in-person only at the Archaeological Society (Lecture Hall), 22 Panepistimiou Street. BSA Fitch Laboratory extension, 1987 (N. Zarganis & M. Galanos) © BSA Archive The Work […]

Annual Open Lectures 2024 – Thessaloniki

Annual Open Lectures 2024 Thessaloniki   Please join us for the Annual Open Lectures of the British School at Athens on Tuesday 13th February 2024 at 7 p.m. which will be held in-person only. PLEASE NOTE - NEW LOCATION: the lecture will take place at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, in the 'Manolis Andronikos' lecture room. […]

BSA & the Hellenic Centre, “Artist’s Talk by Returning Resident Joshua Whitaker: Acid History – Into the Silver Screen”

The Hellenic Centre 16-18 Paddington Street, London, United Kingdom

BSA & the Hellenic Centre event Artist’s Talk by Returning Resident Joshua Whitaker: Acid History – Into the Silver Screen Abstract: A talk/performance by artist Joshua Whitaker presenting writing, photography, and film developed during his stay as Arts Researcher in Residence at The British School at Athens (BSA) in partnership with Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon […]

Annual Open Lectures 2024 – London

King's College London, Strand Campus Strand, London, United Kingdom

Annual Open Lectures 2024 London   Please join us for the Annual Open Lectures of the British School at Athens on Tuesday 6th February 2024 at 7.15 pm  which will be held in-person only at King's College London, Strand Campus (Strand, London WC2R 2LS). The following lectures will be presented, with Professor Roderick Beaton in the Chair: The […]

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 […]

Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, “Το μινωικό ανακτορικό κέντρο στα Χανιά”

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

Minoan Seminar - ΣΕΜΙΝΑΡΙΟ ΤΗΣ ΜΙΝΩΙΚΗΣ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΑΣ Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, "Το μινωικό ανακτορικό κέντρο στα Χανιά" This seminar will take place in Greek. Το σεμινάριο θα πραγματοποιηθεί στα ελληνικά. Minoan Seminar - ΣΕΜΙΝΑΡΙΟ ΤΗΣ ΜΙΝΩΙΚΗΣ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΑΣ Founded 2004. Organisers: Efi Sakellarakis, Lefteris Platon, Yiannis Papadatos, and Colin Macdonald https://www.facebook.com/groups/minoanseminar.gr/ (Seminar of Minoan Archaeology) Hybrid seminar, 6pm (Greece) / […]

Dr Niki Papakonstantinou, “Death in Mycenaean Attica: the case of the Kolikrepi cemetery at Spata”

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

Skeletal assemblage from chamber tomb, Kolikrepi-Spata, photo: Niki Papakonstantinou Fitch Wiener Seminar Dr Niki Papakonstantinou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/BSA), "Death in Mycenaean Attica: the case of the Kolikrepi cemetery at Spata"   In-person only, 5pm (Greece) at the Wiener Lab, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Panel Discussion, “Translation and the sound of ancient Greek music”

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Panel Discussion - Committee for Society, Arts & Letters Translation and the sound of ancient Greek music The second of two panel discussions exploring how the sounds of Greek poetry influence their modern translation into both words and music. Chair: Dr Emily Pillinger Speakers: Dr Tosca Lynch, Dr Samuel Dorf, Dr Toby Young This panel […]

Rebecca Sweetman, “Women and archaeology at the BSA: the early years”

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

Lilian Chandler, Winifred Lamb, and Mary Herford, 1921, at the BSA (BSA Archive) Friends of the BSA in Greece lecture series Professor Rebecca Sweetman (BSA), "Women and archaeology at the BSA: the early years" A short history of women at the BSA in the early 20th century: challenges and successes. In-person only, 6pm (Greece) BSA […]

Panel Discussion, “Translation and the sound of Greek poetry”

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Orpheus and Thracians (detail), red-figure krater, Berlin, Antikensammlung, inv. 3172 Panel Discussion - Committee for Society, Arts & Letters Translation and the sound of Greek poetry The first of two panel discussions exploring how the sounds of Greek poetry influence their modern translation into both words and music. Chair: Dr Pavlos Avlamis Speakers: Prof Tim […]

John Bennet, “Never the twain shall meet: reflections on text and image in Minoan Crete”

Room G37 Senate House Malet Street, London, United Kingdom

Image: composite of the Throne Room at Knossos (wikipedia) and the speaker's photo of a Knossos tablet (KN Lc(1) 525) BSA Friends' Lecture Prof John Bennet (University of Sheffield), "Never the twain shall meet: reflections on text and image in Minoan Crete" Abstract: The world of Neopalatial Crete was visually rich; it was also a literate […]

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 […]

Book launch: Οι κόρες του λαβύρινθου | Ruth Padel

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

Book launch: Οι κόρες του λαβύρινθου | Ruth Padel The BSA and Potamos Press are delighted to announce the launch of Ruth Padel's new translation into Greek of Daughters of the Labyrinth (Οι κὀρες του λαβὐρινθου). At the BSA Upper House, we will be joined by Stavros Zoumboulakis (National Library of Greece), Alexander Kitroef (historian), and translator of the […]

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 […]

Amy Bogaard, “Archaeology and ‘eco-cultural’ heritage: case studies from Greece and beyond”

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View towards Dispilio, Lake Orestias (photo: Amy Bogaard) Friends' Hybrid Lecture Prof. Amy Bogaard (University of Oxford), "Archaeology and ‘eco-cultural’ heritage: case studies from Greece and beyond" Abstract: The climate and biodiversity crises are prompting new conversations about the archive of human experience we can draw upon to address them. Archaeology in Greece offers a […]

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 […]

Samuel Holzman, “Archaeological drawing in (and out of) perspective”

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

  Axonometric drawing showing the construction of a Hellenistic stoa (drawing by Samuel Holzman) Friends of the BSA in Greece lecture series. Dr Samuel Holzman (Princeton University), "Archaeological drawing in (and out of) perspective" Archaeologists draw not just to show their discoveries to others. Archaeological drawing is a visual language, one for recording evidence and […]

Thorsten Jacobisch, “Multi-material” studies in Archaeobotany

  Fitch-Wiener Seminar series Dr Thorsten Jacobisch (Austrian Archaeological Institute), “Multi-material” studies in Archaeobotany" In-person only, 5pm (Greece) at the Wiener Lab, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Mythical Retellings: Reimagining the women of Greek Myth

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Panel Discussion - Committee for Society, Arts & Letters Mythical Retellings: Reimagining the women of Greek Myth Panel: Claire Heywood, Jennifer Saint, Susan Stokes-Chapman Chair: Prof. Edith Hall (Durham University) Amid the recent popularity of fiction inspired by Greek mythology, authors Claire Heywood, Jennifer Saint, and Susan Stokes-Chapman discuss the opportunities and challenges which come […]

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 […]

Isabella Zampetaki, “How Far Would You Go for Real Food?”

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

  Photo: Giorgos Anastasakis / © Region of Crete Friends of the BSA in Greece lecture series Isabella Zampetaki, "How Far Would You Go for Real Food?"   Isabella has traveled Crete’s mountains and plains in search of unique culinary experiences. She's visited ancient Tsounati olive groves where the world’s first high phenolic olive oil to […]

Kostis Christakis, “A land called Crete: European cartographers and the perception of the Cretan landscape, 16th – 17th c. AD”

Friends' Lecture series Dr Kostis Christakis (BSA Knossos Curator), "A land called Crete: European cartographers and the perception of the Cretan landscape, 16th – 17th c. AD"   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 £50 (£20 […]

Richard Clogg, “Cousins and allies?: the Special Operations Executive and the Office of Strategic Services in Greece”

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

Library/Archive Lecture Richard Clogg, "Cousins and allies?: the Special Operations Executive and the Office of Strategic Services in Greece" Abstract:  SOE, the Special Operations Executive, was established in July 1940 when Britain’s fortunes, following the Dunkirk evacuation, were at their lowest ebb. It is sometimes suggested that Britain at this juncture stood alone against the […]

Iro Mathioudaki & Luca Girella, “The three West Court Kouloures at Knossos: between the First and Second Palace periods”

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

  Minoan Seminar - ΣΕΜΙΝΑΡΙΟ ΤΗΣ ΜΙΝΩΙΚΗΣ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΑΣ Iro Mathioudaki & Luca Girella, "The three West Court Kouloures at Knossos: between the First and Second Palace periods" The main aim of this seminar is to discuss the ceramic material from Evans’s stone-lined rubbish pits’ deposits, i.e. the Kouloures Deposits, which have been published to some […]

Jason König, “The Folds of Olympus: Mountains in Ancient Greek Culture and in Nineteenth-Century Travel Writing”

National Hellenic Research Foundation 48, Vasileos Constantinou Ave., Athens, Greece

  NHRF/ICS/BSA Lectures in Classics series Professor Jason König (Professor of Classics, University of St Andrews), "The Folds of Olympus: Mountains in Ancient Greek Culture and in Nineteenth-Century Travel Writing" Abstract: The history of ancient Greek responses to mountains has been largely invisible to classical scholarship, with its tendency to focus on urban culture. This […]

Anna Karligkioti, “Approaching population mobility and kinship patterns in central mainland Greece during Classical antiquity through biodistance analysis”

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

Fitch-Wiener Seminar series Anna Karligkioti, "Approaching population mobility and kinship patterns in central mainland Greece during Classical antiquity through biodistance analysis"   In-person only, 5pm (Greece) At the Wiener Lab, American School of Classical Studies at Athens For any enquiries, email: info.WienerLab@ascsa.edu.gr

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 […]

Matthew Haysom, “Men, Women and Others in Minoan Iconography”

Room G3 Senate House Malet Street, London, United Kingdom

BSA Friends' Hybrid lecture Dr Matthew Haysom, "Men, Women and Others in Minoan Iconography" Abstract: Throughout the history of Minoan studies scholars have felt that there was something distinctive about the way that Minoans depicted people. Arthur Evans and the first generation of scholars were struck by what seemed to them the dominant position of women […]

EARTH WATER FIRE: Celebrating Cretan Pottery from Antiquity to the Present, Thrapsano 6-10 July 2023

EARTH WATER FIRE: Celebrating Cretan Pottery from Antiquity to the Present, Thrapsano 6-10 July 2023 The Thrapsano Cultural Association in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Modern Pottery-G. Psaropoulos Foundation and the British School at Athens (Knossos Research Centre) organises for the second time the cultural festival EARTH WATER FIRE: Celebrating Cretan Pottery from […]

James Whitley, “The Rocky Heart of Crete: From the Hellenistic to the ‘Minoan’”

Professor James Whitley (Cardiff University), "The Rocky Heart of Crete: From the Hellenistic to the ‘Minoan’" BSA Friends' Lecture (hybrid) Abstract: In the popular imagination, Crete is indelibly associated with the ‘Minoans’, and the Minoans have little to do with later Cretan history or archaeology. This popular view no longer represents archaeological reality. Since the 1990s there […]

Philippa Steele, “The vitality of writing traditions in the Bronze Age Aegean and Iron Age Cyprus – and their unexpected relevance for the modern day”

BSA Friends' Event (online only via Zoom) Dr Philippa Steele (University of Cambridge) on "The vitality of writing traditions in the Bronze Age Aegean and Iron Age Cyprus - and their unexpected relevance for the modern day" Abstract: The syllabic writing systems of Bronze Age Greece and Iron Age Cyprus (with particular focus on Linear A, […]

Annual Garden Party

Annual Garden Party (Upper House garden)   To register please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bsa-annual-garden-party-tickets-634566303897

Joshua Whitaker, ‘Acid History‘

Image Credit: Joshua Whitaker, ‘Acid History’ film still (2023) Joshua Whitaker (University of the Arts London, BSA Artist in Residence), ‘Acid History‘ Abstract: ‘Acid History’ is neither a record of psychedelic culture nor a catalogue of LSD experience. ‘Acid’ is deployed within the seminar, as Jeremy Gilbert has theorised it, as an adjective— a term […]

Ursula Coope, “Is happiness cumulative over time? An argument from Plotinus”

Professor Ursula Coope (Keble College, Oxford), "Is happiness cumulative over time? An argument from Plotinus" Abstract Is happiness the kind of thing that is cumulative over time? To many modern philosophers it has seemed obvious that the answer is yes. For example, Richard Kraut, in his recent book The Quality of Life, argues that the […]