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The Hellenic Institute

The Hellenic Institute

The Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), is a research centre for the interdisciplinary and diachronic study of Hellenism. Based in the School of Humanities, Department of History, it maintains close links with the Department of Classics and cooperates with other RHUL Departments and Centres. The Institute has a long history of working with other institutions in the University of London and with The Hellenic Centre, the main cultural hub of the Greek and Cypriot communities in London.

It promotes the study of Greek language, literature, history and thought from the archaic and classical age, through the Hellenistic and Roman times, Byzantium and the Post-Byzantine period, to the establishment of the Modern Greek State and the modern world. The Hellenic Institute hosts a number of research projects and organises seminars, lectures and conferences addressed to students, scholars and to a wider public.

The Hellenic Institute currently runs two taught postgraduate degree courses: MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and MA History: Hellenic Studies. It also offers supervision to students who pursue MPhil/PhD research in various subjects within the field of Hellenic, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. Staff of the Institute also contribute to undergraduate courses on Byzantine and Modern Greek history and language at RHUL.

The Hellenic Institute has been receiving funding from Royal Holloway, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth of the Republic of Cyprus, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the Hellenic Foundation (London), the Bodossaki Foundation (Athens), the Samourkas Foundation (New York), the Orthodox Cultural Association (Athens), The Friends of the Hellenic Institute, and private donors.

Under the directorship of the late Julian Chrysostomides, the Hellenic Institute expanded its academic and research activities. To honour her memory, the Friends of the Hellenic Institute established The Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries Fund. She will be remembered as a true scholar and an affectionate and inspiring teacher.

Donations to the Hellenic Institute can be made online at:  and by cheque payable to "RHBNC Hellenic Institute" and posted to The Hellenic Institute, School of Humanities, History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, United Kingdom.

Dr Charalambos Dendrinos

Director of the Hellenic Institute


T: +44 (0)1784 443791 / 443086

Steering Group

Associated Staff

  • Professor Richard Alston, BA, PhD: Roman history, especially Roman Egypt; urbanism in the ancient world; Roman arm
  • Professor Kate Cooper, BA, MTS, PhD: The Mediterranean world in the Roman period, particularly daily life and the family, religion and gender, social identity; early Christianity, Christian saints and martyrs
  • Professor Veronica Della Dora, BA, PhD: Cultural and historical geography; landscape studies; history of cartography; Byzantine and post-Byzantine sacred geographies
  • Charalambos Dendrinos, MA, PhD (Senior Lecturer): Byzantine literature and Greek palaeography; editing and transmission of Byzantine texts
  • Professor Mike Edwards, BA, PhD (Honorary Research Fellow): Classical oratory and rhetoric; Greek palaeography and textual criticism.
  • Professor Manolis Galenianos, MA, PhD: Contemporary Greek economy; the Greek financial crisis.
  • Liz Gloyn MA, PhD (Lecturer): Reception of classical Greece in popular culture, with a particular interest in film and children's literature.
  • David Gwynn, MA, DPhil (Reader): Late Antique history and theology
  • Professor Jonathan Harris, MA, PhD: Byzantine history, 1000-1453; Byzantium and the West, especially during the Crusades and the Italian Renaissance
  • Richard Hawley, MA, DPhil (Senior Lecturer): Greek literature, especially drama; Greek social history; women in classical antiquity; later Greek literature
  • Christopher Hobbs, MA, PhD (Teaching Fellow in Byzantine and Medieval History): Byzantine History and Historiography, Byzantium and the West
  • Professor Andrew Jotischky, MPhil, PhD (History): Byzantium and the West, Byzantium and the Latin East; Eastern and Western Monasticism
  • Lakis Kaounides, BSc, BComm, MA, FRSA (Senior Teaching Fellow): Political and Socio-economic impact of Climate change in contemporary Greece and Cyprus; Science, Technology and Industrial Strategies for socio-economic development of Greece and Cyprus
  • Christos Kremmydas, MA, PhD (Lecturer): Greek rhetoric and oratory (especially Demosthenes); Athenian political and social history (especially law); Greek papyrology
  • Nick Lowe, MA, PhD (Reader): Greek and Latin literature, especially comedy; Greek religion
  • David Natal Villazala MA, PhD (Lecturer), Head of the ERC-project 'Connected Clerics', Christianity in Late Antiquity
  • Professor Jari Pakkanen, BA, PhD: Greek archaeology and Architecture; the methodology of architectural reconstructions
  • Paris Papamichos Chronakis, MA. PhD (Lecturer), Modern Greek History, Greek Jewry, Interrelations among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Balkans, Greek cities, Greek Diaspora 
  • Professor Boris Rankov, MA, DPhil: Greek triereme project; Roman history; archaeology of the Roman Empire
  • Professor Francis Robinson, MA, PhD: Greek influence on Islamic thought
  • Professor Lene Rubinstein, MA, PhD: Athenian social history; Athenian oratory and law; papyrology; Roman Egypt
  • John Sellars, MA, PhD: Hellenistic philosophy, the Stoic tradition.
  • Professor Emerita Anne Sheppard, MA, DPhil: Greek philosophy, especially Neoplatonism; ancient literary criticism
  • Efi Spentzou, MA, DPhil: Reception of the classical tradition, especially in modern Greece; classics and modern critical thought
  • Polymnia Tsagouria, MA, PhD (Tutor seconded by Greek Ministry of Education): Modern Greek language, literature and culture
  • Barbara Zipser, PhD (Lecturer): Byzantine manuscripts; Greek medicine; history of texts

Research Associates

  • Revd Andreas Andreopoulos, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Orthodox Christianity; Early and Orthodox ecclesiology; Christian Semiotics in Iconography, Liturgy and Holy Tradition
  • Samuel Barnish, MA, DPhil (former Lecturer): Early Christianity; transformation of the Roman world; Italy in the fifth and sixth centuries AD; Cassiodorus
  • Toby Bromige, MA, PhD (Lecturer): Byzantium and Armenia, Byzantium and the Crusades
  • Lia Chisacof, PhD (Honorary Research Associate): Post-Byzantine studies; Greek palaeography; modern Greek language and literature; Greek authors in the Romanian principalities (18th-20th c.)
  • John Demetracopoulos, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Byzantine philosophy and theology, editor-in-chief of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Laura Franco, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Byzantine literature and hagiography, editions of Byzantine texts, Greek palaeography
  • Achilleas Hadjikyriacou, MA, MRes, PhD (Research Associate): Greek and Cypriot Diaspora; Greek Cinema and Gender.
  • + Michael Heslop, MA (Honorary Research Associate, Honorary Fellow): The defence system of Rhodes and the Dodecanese in the medieval period (d. 5 April 2022)
  • James M. Holt, MA (Research Associate): Greek paleography; editing of Greek texts
  • Professor Emeritus Peregrine Horden, MA (Research Associate): Byzantine medicine; the Mediterranean world
  • + Kostas Kalimtzis, PhD (Honorary Research Associate): Greek philosophical and political thought (d. 17 November 2021)
  • John Karabelas, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Post-Byzantine and modern Greek historiography
  • Michail Konstantinou-Rizos, MA, PhD (Research Associate): editions of Byzantine texts; Greek and Latin palaeography; member of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Hieromonk Chrysostomos Koutloumousianos (Stavrides), PhD (Research Associate): Orthodox theology and ecclesiology; Orthodox and Irish spirituality
  • Chrysovalantis Kyriacou, MA, PhD (Research Associate), Late Antique, Byzantine and Medieval history and culture; History and culture of Cyprus; Orthodox theology and spirituality.
  • Georgios Liakopoulos, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Ottoman Epigraphy and Palaeography, Historical Geography, the Greek world in the Ottoman Empire.
  • Anthony Luttrell, MA, DPhil (Honorary Research Associate): the Knights Hospitaller on Rhodes and Malta; the Greek population of Rhodes in the Medieval Period
  • Brian McLaughlin, MA, MSc, PhD (Research Associate): Byzantine history, 1204-1453; Byzantine historiography and literature
  • Nikolaos Moschonas, MA, PhD (Professor Emeritus, Honorary Research Fellow): Greek and Latin palaeography; Byzantine relations with Western Europe.
  • Fevronia Nousia, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Byzantine literature and education; editions of Byzantine texts; Greek palaeography
  • Robin Oakley, MA, DPhil (Honorary Research Fellow): History of Cypriot Diaspora in Britain
  • Konstantinos Palaiologos, MA, PhD (Research Associate): editions of Byzantine texts; Orthodox theology; Greek palaeography; member of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Vasos Pasiourtides, MA, PhD (Research Associate): editions of Byzantine texts; Orthodox theology; Greek palaeography; member of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Nil Palabiyik-Pektas, MA, PhD (Honorary Research Associate): history of the Greek book in the post-Byzantine and early modern period; Greek communities in the Ottoman Empire
  • Richard Price, MTh, DPhil (Honorary Research Fellow): history of Christianity; Ecumenical Councils; relations between Greek East and Latin West
  • Philip Taylor (Honorary Research Associate): Porphyrogenitus Project, TeX editing; electronic editions of Byzantine texts
  • George Vassiadis, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Modern Greek History; Anglo-Hellenic Relations; Greek Diaspora
  • Christopher Wright, MA, PhD (Honorary Research Associate): Greek and Latin palaeography; editing of Greek texts; history of Byzantium and the Latin East; member of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Nada Zecevic, MA, PhD (Research Associate): History of Greek Diaspora in the Post-Byzantine and Early-Modern Europe (15th-18th c.); Classical Reception in the Balkans (15th-18th c.)

Visiting scholars

  • Tristan Burt, PhD (University of Sydney): Transmission of Platonic Texts
  • Annaclara Cataldi Palau, MA, PhD (Visiting Professor): Greek palaeography
  • Professor Emeritus Richard Clogg, MA, DPhil (Visiting Professor): Modern Greek history
  • Professor Emeritus Costas N. Constantinides, MA, PhD (University of Ioannina): Byzantine education, history and literature; Greek palaeography
  • Andreas Meitanis, MA, PhD (Zurich International School): Byzantine literature and society; Greek palaeography


The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London

This academic year we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Hellenic Institute, which was founded in 1993. As part of our celebrations we are pleased to invite you to our forthcoming events we organize also in collaboration with other institutions, addressed to students, scholars and the wider public. We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends in these events.  For a guide to travel to the College, please click here.

19 September 2022: Symphony "Arcadia", No 6, Opus 102 by Philippos Tsalahouris

Benaki Museum 138 Pireos & Andronikou Street, 118 54 Athens, Greece at 8.30pm (local time).

Premiere by the National Symphonic Orchestra of the Greek Radio and Television Service (ΕΡΤ) of the Symphony “Arcadia”, No. 6, Opus 102, composed and directed by Philippos Tsalahouris in memory of Angelos Dendrinos (1959-2021), Friend of the Hellenic Institute, commissioned by The Hellenic Institute and the International Society for Arcadia with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth of the Republic of Cyprus and anonymous donors. This concert honours Angelos Dendrinos through his passionate love and inspiring work for Arcadia, real and ideal. The first part of the event is dedicated to the memory of Angelos Delivorias, former member of the Academy of Athens and director of the Benaki Museum, with the performance of works by the Greek composers Carrer, Skalkottas, Sicilianos and Tsalahouris.

All  welcome, free tickets but booking is essential at the webpage of the Benaki Museum

For further information please contact

15 October 2022: "Mneme / Lethe" by Panayiotis Gogos

A piano recital to commemorate the centenary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe (1922)
and to open the celebrations of the 30th Anniversary of The Hellenic Institute.

In memory of Julian Chrysostomides (1928-2008) and Michael Heslop (1941-2022)

Picture Gallery, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 7pm

The piano recital of pieces by Schubert, Bach and Beethoven expresses through the power of music of these great composers the dynamics of Mneme and Lethe (Memory and Oblivion). It opens with Schubert’s shorter A major, sonata D. 664, with a lyrical, buoyant, and poignant character, infused with seemingly happy memories of a summer in the Austrian country-side, which he described as “unimaginably lovely”. This is followed by Bach's chaconne, originally the final movement of the violin partita in the “anguished” key of D minor, a harrowing evocation of grief. In the late nineteenth century the virtuoso pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni brought the chaconne to renewed life as a piano transcription. The concert closes with Beethoven's famous “Moonlight sonata”, which predates by a year the composer's Heiligenstadt testament confessing his growing deafness. The sonata possesses an unusual structure for the time, with an end-weighted trajectory. The last movement, marked presto agitato, can be heard as a frenetic race to outrun the galloping horsemen of death, extinction, and oblivion, or a heroic facing of them. It is almost shocking in its ferocity, arguably unlike anything in western music before it.

Organised jointly by The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway Marketing & Communication, and the Friends of The Hellenic Institute.

All welcome, free tickets but booking is essential by contacting:

Donations towards The Hellenic Institute in support of students pursuing Hellenic and Byzantine Studies at RHUL can be made online.

Refugees - 1922

28-29 October 2022: Refugees and the City: Displacement and urbanisation in post-imperial Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia

Workshop to be held in central London (venue and programme to be announced)

The workshop marks the centenary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe and the 75 years since the Partition of India with a series of panels and a concluding roundtable all open to the public, bringing together junior and senior scholars in the humanities, architecture and social sciences working on interwar Greece and Turkey and post-1947 India and Pakistan to examine patterns of uprooting and resettlement from a comparative and cross-regional perspective. The event is organised by the Hellenic Institute in collaboration with Royal Holloway’s Centre of Global South Asia and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy/ERC HomeAcross Project, Athens.

To reserve places please contact:


Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi by Eugene Delacroix

Last year we celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence as part of the 21 in 21: Celebrating 1821 in 21 Encounters, supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation with the collaboration of the National Bank of Greece and Initiative 1821-2021. Below are some of these events and other activities.

4 February-25 March 2022: The Letters of George of Cyprus

The University of London Postgraduate Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts

Room 103, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU and online via Zoom on Fridays 15:00-17:00 (GMT).

The Seminar is preparing a new annotated edition and translation of the Letters of George of Cyprus (later Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory II, 1283-1289). Scholars and graduate students from University of London Colleges, other Colleges and Universities, and visiting students and academics, are most welcome to attend.

To join our meetings please use the link Zoom.

For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.

14 March-31 May 2022: 'Creating Diasporic Worlds' Creative Commissions 2022

The Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies and the Centre for the GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London in collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission in London and the Fitzwilliam Museum – University of Cambridge, are pleased to announce the funding of up to three (3) Creative Commissions on the theme of ‘Creating Diasporic Worlds’.

The Greek word diaspora indicates the dispersal of a group of people from one original country to other countries, or the act of spreading in this way. Embedded in its etymology (dia ‘across’ + speirein ‘sow seed’, ‘scatter like seed’) is a centrifugal movement away from a shared place of origin. This physical movement is usually balanced by a centripetal imaginary movement towards a longed-for homeland, which often translates into nostalgia (nostos ‘return home’ + algos ‘pain’) – the yearning for return home, or to an irrecoverable past condition. Lingering between past and present, and crossing geographical and political boundaries, diasporas are nonetheless deeply rooted in territorial imaginations and in a sense of place. They at once transcend and rest on the map. Diasporas are thus commonly defined by their geographical, social, political and spiritual liminality. Yet diasporas are also culturally expressed, creatively practiced and continually performed. In scattering seeds across the world, they create their own worlds and fertilize others.

This joint edition of the Creative Commissions calls for creative collaborations that explore diasporic identities, cultures, politics and ways of being. In particular, applicants are invited to consider the arts and humanities as a set of mutually attracted approaches through which to explore the historical and contemporary implications of displacement, dispossession and migration; intergenerational memories, emotions and traumas; nostalgia, belonging, estrangement, alienation and reconciliation; as well as the constitution of new relationships to space, place and landscape in the midst of a climate emergency.

Each of the three Commissions is funded with up to £3,000. The Creative Commissions run from 14/3/2022 to 31/5/2022. The programme is open to any collaboration between creative practitioner(s) and early career researcher(s).  An exhibition at the Cyprus High Commission, 13 St. James's Square, London SW1Y 4LB in June/July 2022 (or an alternative venue in London) will provide a platform for the presentation of commissioned works.

These Creative Commissions emerge from a collaboration between the Cyprus High Commission - Cultural Section, the Fitzwilliam Museum – University of Cambridge (under the project “Being an Islander: Art and Identity of the Large Mediterranean Islands”), the Hellenic Institute, the Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies ( and the Centre for the GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Further information on definitions of ‘early career’ and full application pack available at:

For enquiries please contact: