News and events
3 February-23 March 2012: The University of London Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts resumes its regular meetings at The Warburg Institute, University of London, Classroom 2, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB. The Seminar is preparing a new annotated edition and translation of the lengthy Correspondence of George of Cyprus (Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory II, 1283-89). Scholars and graduate students interested in Byzantine texts are welcome to participate. For further information please contact the convenors:Dr Christopher Wright and Dr Konstantinos Palaiologos.
9 February 2012: Dabis Annual Lecture “Why Pericles matters?" by Dr Robin Lane Fox, Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College, Oxford and University Reader in Ancient History. His books and articles include major works on Alexander the Great and the relation between the pagan and early Christian religions of the Roman Empire. The Lecture will be held at Royal Holloway College Egham Campus, Windsor Building Auditorium at 6.15pm, to be followed by a reception. All welcome. For further information on the lecture please contact Mrs Marta Baker.
5 March 2012: Eleventh Annual Hellenic Institute Lecture on “The Olympic Games and the Olympic Truce in the Modern World” by Mr Stavros Lambrinidis, formerly Foreign Minister of Greece, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Director-General of the International Olympic Truce Centre. This summer the eyes of the world will be fixed on the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in London, a celebration of peace and friendship, which peoples and nations are invited to join. This historic event offers an opportunity to reflect on the values, principles and institutions that gave rise to the Olympic spirit and ideals in ancient Greece, as expressed in the Olympic Games and the Olympic Truce, and ask to what extent these could help us solve internal and external conflicts and crises the modern world is facing today. The Lecture will be held in the Windsor Building Auditorium at Royal Holloway College Campus, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, on Monday 5th March 2012 at 6.15pm, to be followed by a reception in the Windsor Building Foyer. All welcome. For further information on the Lecture please contact Mrs Marta Baker and Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
12 June 2012: Institute of Classical Studies (ICS) 2012 Byzantine Colloquium: “When East met West: the Reception of Latin Philosophical and theological thought in Late Byzantium”, to be held in Senate House, University of London, Room G22/26, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. For further information please contact the co-organisers: Dr Christopher Wright, Dr Konstantinos Palaiologos@rhul.ac.uk or Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
18 October 2012:International Colloquium "George of Cyprus and his World” to be held at The Hellenic Centre, Great Hall, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS. Co-organised by The Hellenic Centre, the Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London and the Postgraduate Programme of Mediaeval Studies, University of Ioannina, with the kind support of the Society of Cypriot Studies, the Colloquium will be dedicated to the memory of Julian Chrysostomides, on the occasion of the fourth anniversary since her passing away (18.X.2008), and of Constantine Leventis (1938-2002). Speakers include Costas Constantinides, Charalambos Chotzakoglou and Sofia Kotzabassi, Joseph Munitiz SJ, Aristeides Papadakis and Immaculada Pérez Martín. For further information please contact the co-organisers: Professor Costas Constantinides, Dr Christopher Wright, Dr Konstantinos Palaiologos@rhul.ac.uk or Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
18 October 2011: Lecture on “Byzantine Scholars and the Union of the Churches” by Professor Costas Constantinides to commemorate the third anniversary of the passing away of Julian Chrysostomides († 18.X.2008). Co-organised by the Hellenic Institute and The Hellenic Centre, the lecture was held at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS at 7pm, followed by a reception.
10-11 September 2011: The Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (AMPAL) Conference was held at RHUL Egham Campus. The theme of the conference was “Power and Manipulation”, which encompasses many different interpretations and specialisations within the field of Classics, including consideration of the power of manipulation or the manipulation of power in Greek and Roman literature, language, politics, historiography, religion, mythology, drama, philosophy, and archaeology. This two-day residential event, co-funded by the Classics & Philosophy Dept. and the Hellenic Institute, was organised by Christina Pouros, Giulia Brunetta and Katie East.
22-27 August 2011: The 22nd International Congress of Byzantine Studies was held at the University of Sofia “St.Kliment Ohridski”, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria. Organized by the Bulgarian Association of Byzantinists and Medievists under the auspices of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines the Congress, exlpored all aspects of Byzantine Studies under the general theme “Byzantium Without Borders”.
8-9 July 2011: Interdisciplinary Workshop and Conference “The Crusades, Islam and Byzantium” held at the German Historical Institute, London. For further information please contact Professor Jonathan Philips
25 May-29 July 2011: Exhibition “’Out of the Original Sacred Tongues’: The Bible and Translation” in the great Hall of Lambeth Palace celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible. This exhibition set in historical context the translation of the sacred texts of the Bible into the languages of everyday life. On display was a wide range of important manuscripts and books offering a glimpse into the practical processes involved, as well as the motives behind these great achievements. At the centre of the exhibition was the 1611 edition of the King James Version, set in the context of the scholarship which created it. Other highlights of the exhibition include: Medieval English Bible translations and documents relating to their suppression; the landmark editions which drew on the new textual scholarship of the Renaissance and Reformation, including the first edition of Erasmus' New Testament in Greek (1516); early printed vernacular translations in a variety of languages such as the first edition of Luther's German Bible, as well as the first complete Bible in Icelandic; translations intended for missions, such as Gospel editions in Maori and Mohawk; documents showing the drive towards modern English translations for the twentieth century.
5 July 2011: Illustrated lecture on “Cyprus and the Sinai Icons” by Professor Robin Cormack at The Hellenic Centre, Great Hall, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS at 7pm. The lecture was sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. For further information please contact Mr Michael Heslop.
30 June 2011: Visit of Mr Anastasios Leventis and Mr Haris Leventis to Royal Holloway, University of London. For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos and Mrs Marta Baker.
8 March 2011: Lunch in honour of Friends of the Hellenic Institute at the Large Boardroom, Founder's Building, followed by the planting of memorial trees for Julian Chrysostomides and Pat Macklin in College grounds (International Building). For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos
3 March 2011: The Dabis Lecture 'From Mimesis to Aristotle for Screenwriters: What can a Modern Writer Learn from trhe Ancient Greeks about Writing?' by Dr Apostolos Doxiadis held at Royal Holloway College Egham Campus, Windsor Building Auditorium at 6.15pm. Modern writers see in Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides masters of narrative structure, while Hollywood screenwriting manuals pay tribute to Aristotle's Poetics. Yet, this is chiefly becuase we read the Greeks in ways which are biased by our own storytelling habits. By attempting to understand Greek literature in its original context, a writer can become much more aware of its differences from modern works -- and learn much more from it. For further information on this lecture please contact Dr Anne Sheppard and Mrs Marta Baker.
9 February 2011: It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Dr Elfride Bickersteth (12.III.1925-21.I.2011), Friend and supporter of the Hellenic Institute. Elfride passed away peacefully at Hull Royal Infirmary on 21st January 2011. A classicist and patristic scholar, Elfride also contributed to the Lampe Patristic Greek Lexicon and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. She will be remembered with deep affection, respect and admiration for her generosity, gentleness and humanity, for her scholarship and love for Hellenism and the Orthodox Church. A Funeral Service was performed at St Mary, The Virgin, Cottingham on Friday 4 February. At the request of the family donations in Elfride's memory should be made to the Royal British Legion or Christian Aid. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Αιωνία της η μνήμη.
7 February 2011: Tenth Annual Hellenic Institute Lecture on 'The Hellenic Cup and TA EROTIKA' by Bettany Hughes wase held at Royal Holloway College Egham Campus, Windsor Building Auditorium at 6.15pm. Drawing evidence from both new archaeological digs and modern, mass-market interpretations of Hellenic culture, Dr Hughes analysed the role of ancient Hellenic ideas in the future of a fragile, global world. She drew particularly on her new life of Socrates 'The Hemlock Cup' which tries to understand the mission of Socrates in its physical, real-world context. Bettany Hughes has just been awarded the Naomi Sargent Education Award for Broadcast Excellence and has been give a special award for servoices to Hellenic Culture and heritage. She is a visiting research fellow of King's College London and lectures both in the UK and abroad. Her book on Helen of Troy has now been translated into ten languages and her films on ancient Greece have been seen by over 100 million world wide. For further information on the lecture please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos and Mrs Marta Baker.
20 January 2011: Lecture on "Chant manuscripts and musical notation in Byzantium: early evidence and development, 6th century - c. 1150" by Dr Christian Troelsgaard (University of Copenghagen), co-organised by the Classics Department and the Hellenic Institute,was held at the International Building, Seminar Room IN244, Royal Holloway College Campus, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 6pm. For further information please contact Professor Jonathan Powell and Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
9 December 2010: MA students visited Lambeth Palace Library and examined original Greek manuscripts of its collection. This annual visit is part of a close collaboration between RHUL Hellenic Institute and Lambeth Place Library over the . For further information, please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
27 November 2010: Colloquium "Actio-Hypokrisis-Delivery: Oratorical Performance Ancient and Modern" held at 11 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RF at 10.30am. Speakers included Prof. V. Bers (Yale): "Performing the speech in courts and Assembly: adjusting the act to fit the bema"; Lord Justice J. Laws: "Advocacy ancient and modern" (title tbc); Prof. Mike Edwards (ICS): "Hypokrites in action: delivery in Greek rhetoric; Ms C. Stephan (RHUL): "Time limits in ancient oratory"; Prof. J.G.F. Powell (RHUL), "The exploits of Honorius"; Dr D. Karambelas (Athens): "'Performers' or 'healers'? Rhetors in action in the imperial age". The Colloquium was organised by RHUL Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric. For further information please contact Dr Christos Kremmydas andand Professor Lene Rubinstein.
24-27 November 2010: The Athens Dialogues, an international conference on Greek culture and its role in modern society,organised by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, in collaboration with eight leading academic institutions. Leading thinkers, scholars, scientists and intellectuals from all over the world discussed issues of ecumenical and diachronic interest related to Greek thought, including Identity & Difference, Stories & Histories, Logos & Art, Democracy & Politeia, Science & Ethics, Quality of Life. For futrher information please visit the Athens Dialogues web site.
11 November 2010:The Seventh Annual University of London Workshop on Greek Texts, Manuscripts and Scribes was held at the Warburg Institute, Ground floor, Lecture Room, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB (tel. +44 (0)20 78628916) at 14.00-18.00. This workshop is designed for MA and MPhil/PhD students pursuing research in Classical and Byzantine texts preserved in Greek manuscripts. It concentrates on research methods and techniques used in tracing published texts, manuscripts and scribes. It also presents he Institute's collections of printed books and electronic resources. For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
24 October 2010: A Memorial Service for Julian Chrysostomides (21.4.1928-18.10.2008) to commemorate the second anniversary of her passing away took place in Cyprus. Officiated by His Eminence the Metropolitan Nikephoros of Kykkos and Tylleria, the memorial service was performed at the church of Saint Prokopios, Metochion of the Holy, Royal and Stavropegiake Monastery of Kykkos, Griva Digeni and Metochiou Street, Engomi, Nicosia. Dr Charalambos Dendrinos gave a short speech on Julian's special relation with Cyprus and Professor Costas Constantinides gave a Memorial speech highlighting Julian's personality and work. Julian's family was represented by her brother Mr John Delekourides. The Memorial was placed under the auspices of the Society of Cypriot Studies. For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Chotzakoglou and Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
30 September 2010: Induction session of MA Late Antique and Byzantine Studies students, held at Institute of Classical Studies (ICS), Senate House, Room G22/26, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, at 1-5pm.
24 September 2010: College Enrolment (ID check) in the Windsor Building at 9.15am-12.30. For details on how to enrol and complete the sign-up process please click here.
24 September 2010: Induction session of MA Late Antique and Byzantine Studies students at The Hellenic Institute, International Building, Room 236 and Seminar Room 045 at 11am-12, followed by IT Induction session (venue to be announced) at 1-2pm, and Welcome Meeting for all new MA students of the History Department in the Arts Building, Room ABLT3 (1st floor, Lecture Theatre 3) at 2.30pm.
14-17 September 2010: Papers on “Theological encounters and cultural identity in Late Byzantium: Demetrios Chrysoloras’ (ca. 1350-1414) fictitious dialogue among Thomas Aquinas, Neilos Kabasilas, Demetrios Kydones and the author himself’ by Mr Vasos Pasiourtides, and on “Prochoros Cydones’ De essentia et operatione Dei” by Dr Christos Triantafyllopoulos, at the 37. Kölner Mediaevistentagung, “Intersection Byzantium”, Cologne.
9 July 2010: A one-day conference ‘Contact and conflict in Frankish Greece and the Aegean: crusade, trade and religion amongst Latins, Greeks and Muslims,1204-1453’, was held at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London, between 10am-6.30pm. Placed under the auspices of the SSCLE and sponsored by RHUL Department of History, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, and The Hellenic Institute, the conference was dedicated to the memory of Konstantinos Ikonomopoulos. The aim of the conference was to explore new aspects of the interaction between Byzantine Greeks, Latins and Turks in the period between the Fourth Crusade (1204) and the fall of Constantinople in 1453. It combined the participants' original research on crusading in the Greek East in the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, with the latest advances in Byzantine and Crusade historiography. A broad range of themes was examined, including the implementation and evolution of the crusade in the area, the religious landscape and political balance of a land shared by Orthodox Greeks, Catholic Latins and Muslim Turks, and the role of trade in fostering closer contact between the three sides. The conference brought together both established academics and postdoctoral research students from Britain and abroad. For further information please contact the organizers Mr Michael Carr and Dr Nikolaos Chrissis.
1-2 July 2010: Conference on “Classics and Social Class” hosted by the British Academy and organised by RHUL Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome (CRGR) was held at The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1. For further information please visit the Conference's webpage.
21-22 June 2010: “Revelry, Rhythm and Blues”, Tenth Annual Postgraduate Symposium on Performance of Ancient Drama organised by RHUL Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome. For information please visit the CRGR webpage.
14-15 June 2010: Joint Newton Fellowship & Annual ICS Byzantine Colloquium on “Liquid and Multiple: Individuals and Identities in the Thirteenth-Century Aegean” held in Room G 22/26, Senate House, Malet Street, London. For information please visit the Colloquium's webpage.
27-29 March 2010:“Byzantium behind the Scenes: Power and Subversion”, XLIII Spring Symposium of British Byzantine Studies, held at the University of Birmingham.
25 March 2010: Ninth Annual Hellenic Institute Lecture on "The Greek Mind in the Modern World" by the leading neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield, Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University and former Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. The lecture was held at Royal Hooloway College Egham Campus, Windsor Building Auditorium at 6pm, followed by a reception and Dinner in honour of the speaker. For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos and Mrs Marta Baker.
18 March 2010: MA and research students visited Lambeth Palace Library and examined original Greek manuscripts of its collection. This annual visit is part of a close collaboration between RHUL Hellenic Institute and Lambeth Place Library over the . For further information, please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
24 February 2010: Paper on "Medieval hymn adaptations in East and West; their theological and poetic implications" by Dr Eugenia Russell at Leeds Trinity and All Saints University College, Brownberrie lane, Horsforth, Leeds. For further information please contact Dr Eugenia Russell.
5 February 2010: resumed its weekly meetings this term (Fridays 4.30-6.30) at the Institute of Historical Research, Pollard Room, second floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London. Scholars and graduate students are welcome to attend. For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
3 February 2010: MA and research students of the University of London visited the British Library and examined original Greek manuscripts and documents. For further information, please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
18 October 2009: A Memorial for the Late Julian Chrysostomides was held at The British School at Athens, Upper House, 52 Souedias Street, 106 76 Athens, Greece, at 5pm. The event, hosted by The Bristish School at Athens courtesy of its Director, Professor Catherine Morgan, was attended by a large number of Julian's friends, former students and colleagues from Greece, Cyprus, Britain and USA. Among the distinguished guests were Julian's brother Mr John Delakourides, Professor Evangelos Chrysos, Secretary General of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy and Secretary General of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines, Professor Constantinos Pitsakis, secrétaire suppléant of the Association Internationale des Études Byzantines, Dr Katia Plyta representing the Hellenic Ministry of Foregn Affairs, Mrs Anna Kretsa, Director of the Directorate of Greek Diaspora and Intercultural Education of the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Mrs Eugenia Vosou of the Directorate of International Educational Relations of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Dr Maria Georgopoulou, Director of the Gennadius Library, Mrs Kalliope Samonas-Skinitis, President of the Orthodox Cultural Association, Dr Pedro Olalla and Mr Angelos Dendrinos, Director and General Secretary, respectively, of the International Society for Arcadia. The College was represented by Dr Yari Pakkanen. Professor Elizabeth Zachariadou (Institute for Mediterranean Studies) spoke about Julian as a close friend and colleague, Professor Costas Constantinides (University of Ioannina) talked about Julian as a scholar and teacher, Ms Vaso-Athene Spanos, former student of Julian, recited sections of Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus' Funeral Oration on his brother Theodore in Julian's translation, Dr Charalambos Dendrinos gave an appeciation of Julian's vision and work as Director of the Hellenic Institute, and finally a vote of thanks was given by Mr Robert Pitt, Assistant Director of The British School at Athens. Musical interludes from J.S. Bach in solo cello were performed Ms Myrto Talakoudi. Donations were made by those present towards The Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries Fund, established last year by The Friends of the Hellenic Institute to honour memory of Julian. At the invitation of the Society for Cypriot Studies the Second Annual Memorial for Julian Chrysostomides will be held in Cyprus in October 2010. For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.