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Byzantine Studies in London

Royal Holloway is part of the federal University of London. Students registered for MA and PhD programmes at the Hellenic Institute therefore have access to all the facilities and events offered by one of the world's great cities.


There are collections of relevant books in the following libraries:

The British Library
Institute of Classical Studies
Institute of Historical Research
King’s College London Library
Founder’s and Bedford Libraries, Royal Holloway
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
University of London Library
Warburg Institute
Dr Williams’s Library


The following bookshops stock books on Byzantium:

Foyles, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB (Tel: 020 7437 5660).

Hellenic Bookservice, 91 Fortess Road, London, NW5 1AG (Tel: 020 7267 9499).

Unsworths, 12 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QA (Tel: 020 7436 9836)

Waterstones, (formerly Dillons), 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ (Tel. 020 7636 1577)

Waterstones, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX (Tel: 01784 471272)

Zeno Booksellers, 57a Nether Street, Finchley, London, N12 7NP and at (Tel: 020 8446 1985, Fax: 020 8446 1986).


The Byzantine and Modern Greek seminars, Mondays, 5.30pm, King's College London, first and second terms (Convenor: Professor Judith Herrin)

The Crusades and the Latin East, Mondays, 5.00pm, Ecclesiastical Room, Institute of Historical Research, first, second and third terms (Convenors: Dr Jonathan Phillips and Dr Tom Asbridge)

Introduction to Byzantium, Tuesdays, 11.00am, Institute of Classical Studies, first term (Convenor: Professor Charlotte Roueche)

Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts, Fridays, 4.30-6.30pm, Institute of Historical Research, second term (Convenors: Miss J. Chrysostomides and Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.


The British Museum displays many Byzantine artefacts in its Early Medieval and Medieval Rooms. Among the highlights are a sixth century ivory diptych leaf with an archangel (M&LA 0A 9999), Byzantine silverware from the Sutton Hoo ship burial, especially the Anastasius Dish (M&LA 1939, 10-10.76), and the Icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy (M&LA 1988, 4-11, 1). The HSBC History of Money Gallery contains some beautiful Byzantine gold coins.

The Museum also organises related lectures and study days. A Byzantine seminar is held by the Museum on the first Thursday of the month during university term time for graduate students and academic staff. Details from: Chris Entwistle, Dept. of Medieval and Modern Europe, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL has a number of tenth-century Byzantine ivories on display. Byzantine manuscripts can be seen in the public gallery of The British Library, Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, including the famous Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest manuscript of the complete new testament.


The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, the British branch of the International Association of Byzantine Studies, organises an annual Spring Symposium, makes grants and publishes the Bulletin of British Byzantine Studies. Details from Dr Fiona Nicks, Dept. of Classics, King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS.

The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies allows members to borrow books from the Institute of Classical Studies Library and to receive the annual Journal of Hellenic Studies. Details from the Secretary, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

The Friends of Mount Athos aim to promote knowledge of the history and life of the Orthodox monasteries on Mount Athos in Greece. Details from Dr Graham Speake, Ironstone Farmhouse, Milton, Banbury, Oxon, OX15 4HH.

The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East publishes a bulletin which keeps members informed of other work in the field. Details from Dr Tom Asbridge, Department of History,
Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road,London, E1 4NS.

Events of Byzantine interest are regularly organised by the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London, W1M 1RS (tel: 020 7487 5060).


The Society for Promoting Byzantine Studies runs a postgraduate distribution list by e-mail with details of conferences, events and funding opportunities. To join the list, email Daniel Farrell.

You can join a discussion list on Byzantine studies by sending the message 'SUBSCRIBE BYZANS-L' followed by your name to A similar list on Late Antique Studies can be joined by sending 'SUBSCRIBE LT-ANTIQ' followed by your name to

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