The Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London, is a research centre for the study of Hellenism. Based in the Department of History, it maintains close links with the Department of Classics and cooperates with other RHUL Departments and Centres. The Institute also 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 and history, 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 history and Greek language at RHUL.
The Hellenic Institute currently receives funding from Royal Holloway, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Education and Culture 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: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/donate-now/ and by cheque payable to "RHBNC Hellenic Institute" and posted to The Hellenic Institute, History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, United Kingdom.
Dr Charalambos Dendrinos
Director of the Hellenic Institute
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News and events
The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London (1993-2019)
Last year The Hellenic Institute celebrated the 25th Anniversary since its establishment. Information on the Anniversary concerts and other events can be found in the Previous Events webpage. We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends at our forthcoming events and activities organised this year, posted below.
7 March 2019: “Christianity and Greek Paideia” by Revd Dr Richard Price,
Seventeenth Annual Hellenic Lecture
Moore Building Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 6.15pm
Did Jewish Christianity and Greek culture have much in common? Or was Christianity the product of a distinctively Jewish culture, which, on entering the Greco-Roman world, had to be translated into the concepts of Greek paideia (education and culture)? If so, does it need to be ‘de-hellenized’ in order to speak to our own post-classical world? This debate has died down in the context of contemporary eclecticism, which views the Hellenic inheritance as something to be plundered, or ignored, at will. Is the study of ancient Greek culture an aid, a distraction, or a hindrance in the quest for a Christianity at once faithful to its biblical roots and relevant in today’s world? These questions will be explored by Revd Dr Richard Price, Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London, and RHUL Honorary Research Fellow.
The lecture will be followed by drinks in the Moore Building Foyer.
All welcome, free admission but booking essential at email@example.com
For travel to the College, visit royalholloway.ac.uk/about-us/more/how-to-find-us/
1 February-29 March 2019: The University of London Postgraduate Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts
Institute of Historical Research, Pollard Room (N301), Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E , Fridays 15:0-17:00.
The Seminar, which celebrates its 35th Anniversary (1984-2019), will continue its work 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. Please contact the convenors, Dr Charalambos Dendrinos and Dr Christopher Wright.
For further information please see the Seminar webpage.
4-5 June 2019: ICS Byzantine Colloquium Polities of Faith: Theology, Ecclesiology, and Spatiality in the Christian world
Senate House, University of London, Third Floor, Room 349/350, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
In 1932 Olof Linton’s dissertation Das Problem der Urkirche in der neueren Forschung overturned the existing consensus that presented the Church as a historical construct that followed the triumph of Christianity. According to Linton, the Church already existed in the minds of the earliest Christian thinkers, who had envisaged a structured community of believers and clerics. More recently, sociologists have similarly responded to previous approaches focused on the efficiency of institutions by emphasising the key role that intellectual legitimisation plays in the survival of organisational structures. While Late Antique and Medieval historians have underlined the importance of discourse and ritual in the construction of a Christian world-view, there is still much work to be done in assessing how theological and ecclesiological discussions shaped the structure, organisation and ongoing development of the Christian Churches. Our colloquium is a contribution in this direction. It brings together scholars working on the construction of the Christian Churches from Late Antiquity to the early Renaissance.
In this two-day colloquium we will explore three main topics: 1. How Christian intellectuals applied classical political theory in their theological and ecclesiological analyses. 2. How clerical writings used ritual descriptions, theology, and memory to rationalise the social and political context and to justify a specific hierarchical structure of offices within the Church. 3. How letter and treatise exchanges contributed to strengthen different geographical ideals of the Church, ranging from a universal, united organisation to a decentralised structure.
Beyond its scholarly aims, this colloquium will also address issues of wider concern for students and the wider public; many of the institutional structures and behaviours that rule the Christian Churches today were devised in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. In addition, the challenges to the process of European integration have also shown how difficult it can be for supranational institutions to foster legitimacy and belonging. Late Antique and Medieval clerics faced similar crises in their attempts to preserve unity in such a vast and expanding organisation, and this colloquium will examine some of the intellectual strategies they used to confront them.
Speakers include James Corke-Webster (King's College London), Anthony Dupont (Louvain), Tom Hunt (Newman College, Birmingham), Andrew Jotischky (Royal Holloway), Chrysovalantis Kyriacou (Cyprus), David Natal Villazala (Royal Holloway), Ioannis Papadogiannakis (King's College London), and Richard Price (Royal Holloway).
This colloquium stems from research conducted at The Hellenic Institute and the ERC-Starting Grant project ‘Connected Clerics: Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604)’ based at the History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London and The Austrian Academy of Sciences.
The colloquium is sponsored by the Institute of Classical Studies, ERC-Starting Grant project ‘Connected Clerics: Building a Universal Church in the Late Antique West (380-604), and The Hellenic Institute.
For updated information on the Colloquium please visit https://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences-workshops
For further information on the Colloquium please contact David.Natal@rhul.ac.uk
All welcome, free admission but booking essential at firstname.lastname@example.org
7 March 2019: “Christianity and Greek Paideia” by Revd Dr Richard Price,
Seventeenth Annual Hellenic Lecture
Moore Building Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 6.15pm
Did Jewish Christianity and Greek culture have much in common? Or was Christianity the product of a distinctively Jewish culture, which, on entering the Greco-Roman world, had to be translated into the concepts of Greek paideia (education and culture)? If so, does it need to be ‘de-hellenized’ in order to speak to our own post-classical world? This debate has died down in the context of contemporary eclecticism, which views the Hellenic inheritance as something to be plundered, or ignored, at will. Is the study of ancient Greek culture an aid, a distraction, or a hindrance in the quest for a Christianity at once faithful to its biblical roots and relevant in today’s world? These questions were explored by Revd Dr Richard Price, Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity, Heythrop College, University of London, and RHUL Honorary Research Fellow.
The lecture was hosted by the Principal, Professor Paul Layzell. Attended by over eighty students, colleagues and Friends, it was followed by drinks in the Moore Building Foyer, and Dinner in honour of Professor Price in the Large Boardroom, Founders' Building.
27 October 2018: “Odyssey” by Lydia Kakabadse
A concert to performed by The Choir of Royal Holloway to mark the closing of The Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary celebrations
In memory of Julian Chrysostomides (1928-2008)
The College Chapel, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 7pm
The premiere of a specially commissioned choral piece, Odyssey, composed by leading choral composer and RHUL alumna Lydia Kakabadse, was performed by the Choir of Royal Holloway , accompanied by the harpist, fellow RHUL alumna and former Choir Scholar Cecily Beer, under the direction of Rupert Gough, Director of Choral Music and College Organist. The lyrics is a synthesis of selected Greek poetry from Homer and the Classical period, through the Hellenistic and Roman times, to Byzantium, post-Byzantium and Modern Hellenism. A musical journey through centuries of Greek history and culture marked the closing of The Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary celebrations. The concert was followed by drinks in the Picture Gallery. Hosted by Professor Francis Robinson, the event was attended by 130 guests, including HE the Ambassador of Greece in UK, Mr Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras, Mr and Mrs George Lemos, Mr and Mrs Michael Heslop, Mr and Mrs Jonathan Woolley, and many former and current students, colleagues, supporters and Friends of The Hellenic Institute.
18 October 2017: Ninth Annual Memorial for Julian Chrysostomides
The Holy Church of Apostle Barnabas, The “Apostle Barnabas” Seminary of the Church of Cyprus, 85 Steliou Chatzipetri Street, 1304 Nicosia, Cyprus, after matins and the holy liturgy, 7-9am.
A Memorial Service for Julian Chrysostomides former Director of The Hellenic Institute and Emeritus Reader in Byzantine History, University of London was officiated by the Director of the Seminary, the Very Rev. Archimandrite Benedict Ioannou,followed by a Memorial Lecture by Dr Vasilis Pasiourtides. Julian Chrysostomides will be remembered as a true scholar and an affectionate and inspiring teacher. The memorial event was co-organised by the Alumni and Friends of the Hellenic Institute and the “Apostle Barnabas” Seminary of the Church of Cyprus. Donations towards the Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries Fund in support of students pursuing Hellenic and Byzantine Studies at RHUL can be made online.
For further information please contact Dr Christina Kakkoura and Dr Vasilis Pasiourtides.
10 November 2017: Julian Suite, Opus 85 by Philippos Tsalahouris
Megaron, The Athens Music Hall, Vassilissis Sophias and Kokkali, 11521 Athens, Greece, at 8.30pm (with introductory lecture at 7.45pm).
Premiere performance in Greece by the Athens State Orchestra of Julian Suite (Ιουλιανή Σουΐτα), Opus 85 by Philippos Tsalahouris commissioned by The Hellenic Institute on the occasion of the Fifth Anniversary of Julian Chrysostomides’ passing away (18.X.2013). The concert was cancelled due to ilness of the conductor and will take place at a later date to be announced in due course. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, which was beyond our control.
For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
30 November 2017: Memory and Harmony
An evening celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London with Bettany Hughes and Panayiotis Gogos
In this event, which celebrated the opening of the Hellenic Institute’s 25th Anniversary, the well-known historian, author and broadcaster Dr Bettany Hughes shared her thoughts on the study of Hellenism, followed by a recital of music with Greek association by the celebrated Greek pianist Panayiotis Gogos, under the theme Metamorphoses. The repertoire includes Schubert-Liszt, Der Atlas, Der Müller und der Bach, Liebesbotschaft, Aufenthalt, Der Doppelgänger, Erikönig, Schumann-Liszt, Frühlingsnacht, Widmung, and Chopin, Scherzo No 2.
15-16 December 2017: Thomas Latinus – Thomas Graecus
International Conference on Thomas Aquinas and his Reception in Byzantium
National Library of Greece, Books Tower, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece
The Conference explored the reception of Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) in Byzantium. The first day of the conference was devoted to Aquinas’ Philosophy and Theology, while on the second day scholars presented findings of their research as part of the ongoing research project Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus, co-hosted by the University of Patras and The Hellenic Institute, and currently funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation through the Artos Zois Foundation. The Conference was co-organised by the National Library of Greece, the University of Patras and The Hellenic Institute.
2 February-23 March 2018: The University of London Postgraduate Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts
The Warburg Institute, University of London, Classroom 2, Ground Floor, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB, Fridays 15:45-17:45. The Seminar continued its work 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, the University of Oxford, and the University of Sydney participated this year. For further information please contact the convenors, Dr Charalambos Dendrinos and Dr Christopher Wright.
For further information please see the Seminar webpage.
6 March 2018: "Ruins" of Athens: ancient modes reimagined
A piano recital by Carlo Grante for the benefit of The Hellenic Institute
Windsor Building Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 7pm
A concert of classical piano works with links to ancient and modern Greece. The eminent pianist Carlo Grante began with Beethoven’s thrilling Variations on “The Ruins of Athens”, in Liszt’s transcription. They were written in 1811 as incidental music for a play of that name in which Minerva and Mercury meet Greeks dreaming of their liberation. The rest of the concert, featuring some of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire, illustrated how the music of the ancient world lives on in the DNA of western music. The programme included also Chopin, Mazurkas, op. 24/2, op. 30/4, op. 68/4, Satie, Gnossiennes, nos. 3, 4, 5, Debussy, Hommage à Rameau (Images, I/2), Danseuses de Delphes (Préludes, I/1), Brouillards (Préludes, II/1) and Canope, II/10, and Bartók, Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56.
The Concert was followed by drinks in the Picture Gallery and Dinner in honour of our Donors.
Members and staff
- Professor Paul Hogg, Vice Principal (Research & Enterprise), Chairman of the Hellenic Institute Steering Group
- Professor Katie Normington, Deputy Principal (Academic)
- Professor James Knowles, Vice-Principal and Executive Dean of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty
- Professor Kate Cooper, Head of History Department
- Professor Boris Rankov, Head of Classics Department
- Dr Charalambos Dendrinos, Director of the Hellenic Institute
- Mr Michael Heslop, Representing the Friends of the Hellenic Institute
- Professor Emeritus Richard Clogg, GCOH
- Mrs Edmée Leventis, OBE
- Professor Francis Robinson, CBE
- Professor Richard Alston, BA, PhD: Roman history, especially Roman Egypt; urbanism in the ancient world; Roman army
- 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 Peregrine Horden, MA: Byzantine medicine; the Mediterranean world
- Professor Andrew Jotischky, MPhil, PhD (History): Byzantium and the West, Byzantium and the Latin East; Eastern and Western Monasticism
- Professor Ahuvia Kahane, MA, DPhil: Cultural theory; Greek literature, especially Homer and the epic tradition; genre and literary history
- 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
- Aikaterini Kolotourou, PhD (Teaching Fellow): Greek history and archaeology
- 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
- Jari Pakkanen, BA, PhD (Senior Lecturer): Greek archaeology and Architecture; the methodology of architectural reconstructions
- 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
- Samuel Barnish, MA, DPhil (former Lecturer): Early Christianity; transformation of the Roman world; Italy in the fifth and sixth centuries AD; Cassiodorus
- 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
- Michael Heslop, MA (Honorary Research Associate): The defence system of Rhodes and the Dodecanese in the medieval period
- James M. Holt, MA (Research Associate): Greek paleography; editing of Greek texts
- Kostas Kalimtzis, PhD (Honorary Research Associate): Greek philosophical and political thought
- John Karabelas, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Post-Byzantine and modern Greek historiography
- 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
- Vasos Pasiourtides, MA, PhD (Research Associate): editions of Byzantine texts; Orthodox theology; Greek palaeography
- 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: 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
- Nada Zecevic, MA, PhD (EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow): History of Greek Diaspora in the Post-Byzantine and Early-Modern Europe (15th-18th c.); Classical Reception in the Balkans (15th-18th c.)
- Annaclara Cataldi Palau, MA, PhD (Visiting Professor): Greek palaeography
- Richard Clogg, MA, DPhil (Professor Emeritus and Visiting Professor): Modern Greek history
- Costas N. Constantinides, MA, PhD (University of Ioannina): Byzantine education, history and literature; Greek palaeography
- Sophia Kapetanaki, MA, PhD (Assistant Professor, University of the Peloponnese): Byzantine literature and Greek palaeography
- Andreas Meitanis, MA, PhD (Zurich International School): Byzantine literature and society; Greek palaeography
- Apostolos Spanos, MA, PhD (Assistant Professor, Agder University College, Norway): Byzantine history, literature and political ideology; Greek palaeography
The Hellenic Institute offers supervision of doctoral research in a wide range of topics. The following students are currently conducting MPhil/PhD research in Hellenic and Byzantine subjects at the Departments of History and Classics:
- Ian Amorosi (MPhil/PhD, History), Venice and crusading efforts against the Ottoman Turks. Supervisor: Jonathan Harris
- Maria Argyrou (PhD, History), The printed Greek book production and trade in the eastern Mediterranean in the sixteenth century: the case of the editio princeps of St Basil’s Συγγράμματά τινα. Opera quaedam beati Basilii Caesariensis episcopi by Stefano de Sabio (Venice, 1535). Supervisor: Charalambos Dendrinos
- Antiopi Argyriou-Casmeridis (PhD, Classics), The concept of Aretē in Hellenistic inscriptions. Supervisor: Lene Rubinstein
- David Bullen (PhD, Drama & Theatre), Inventing Dionysus: The Significance of Women in the Modern British Performance History of Euripides's Bacchae.
- James Cook (MPhil/PhD Classics), Thersites and the Voice of the Subaltern in ancient Greek epic poetry.
- Edward Humphreys (PhD, Classics), Epictetus on Anger. Supervisor: Anne Sheppard
- Beverley Lunn (PhD, Classics), Aristotle’s Poetics and Modern American Screenwriting. Supervisor: Nick Lowe
- Alexandra Melita (PhD, History), Magic and healing and the Greeks in seventeenth-century Venice. Supervisor: Sandra Cavallo
- Peter Olive (MPhil/PhD, Classics), Incest and the Greek Imagination.
- Stephen Pearce (MPhil/PhD, History), What happened to the Late Roman Army in the Notitia Dignitatum? Supervisor: Jonathan Harris
- Christina Pouros (PhD, Classics), Mythological murderous women in Greek and Roman drama and poetry: consequences and punishments. Supervisor: Richard Hawley
- Jack Sheard (Mphil/PhD, History), The Byzantine Black Sea, c. 1080-1230. Supervisor: Jonathan Harris
- Robin Shields (MPhil/PhD, History), The Tocchi Lordship in the Medieval Balkans. Supervisor: Jonathan Harris
- Will Shuler (PhD, Theatre & Drama), The Teaching Theatre of Ancient Athens.
- Stephen Smith (MPhil/PhD, Classics), Greek architectural forms in Republican Rome. Supervisor: Amanda Claridge
- Panayiotis Tofis (PhD, History), Libraries in Thessalonike in the Palaeologan period (1246-1430). Supervisor: Charalambos Dendrinos. Advisor: David Gwynn
- David Williams (MPhil/PhD, History & Geography), Shared Sacred Spaces: Saints, Relics and Sacred Objects in the Byzantine Mediterranean (7th-17th c.). Co-supervisors: Charalambos Dendrinos and Veronica Della Dora. Advisor: David Gwynn
- Magdalena Zira (MPhil/PhD, Drama & Theatre), Approaches to the Chorus in Greek Theatre Performance: Community and Ritual
Recently submitted theses
- Toby Bromige (PhD, History), Strangers in a foreign land: the assimilation and alienation of the Armenians in the Byzantine Empire c.950-1084 (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris)
- Daniel Goad (PhD, Classics) Performance reception of Aristophanes (Co-supervisors: Nick Lowe and Edith Hall (KCL))
Successfully completed theses (2001-present):
- Sandor Aladics, Aristotle and the Atomists on the nature of space - PhD (2016)
- Sofia Alagkiozidou, Existential and political agony in Sophocles, Trachiniae and its dramatic reception (Supervisor: Ahuvia Kahane) – PhD 2017
- + David Bennett, Xenonica: Medical texts associated with hospitals in the late Byzantine period (Supervisor: Peregrine Horden. Advisor: J. Chrysostomides) - PhD (2003)
- Katie Billotte, La sangre francesa y el alma griega: France and the contemporary reception of Greek Tragedy in Latin America (Supervisor: Ahuvia Kahane) - PhD (2016)
- Carolyn Bowyer, Echoes of the Salpinx: The lone trumpeter and the trumpet in the ancient Greek world (Supervisor: Richard Hawley) - PhD (2017)
- Mike Carr, Motivations and Response to Crusades in the Aegean, 1302-1348 (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) - PhD (2011)
- Matt Cawson, The Mask and the Self: A historical explanation into the ways in which the phenomena of selfhood and the theatrical mask can illuminate each other - PhD
- Georgios Chatzelis, The Sylloge Tacticorum and the development of Byzantine warfare in the tenth century (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) - PhD (2017)
- Nikolaos Chrissis, Crusading in Romania: A Study of Byzantine-Western Relations and Attitudes, 1204-1276 (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) - PhD (2008)
- Stella Chrysochoou, The Chartographical Tradition of Claudius Ptolemaeus' Γεωγραφική Ὑφήγησις in the Palaeologan Period and the Renaissance (13th-15th century) (Co-supervisors: + Julian Chrysostomides and Charalambos Dendrinos. External advisor: Professor Malcolm Wagstaff) - PhD (2010)
- Andriana Domouzi (Classics), Fragments of Euripides, Melanippe (Supervisor: Richard Hawley) - PhD (2017)
- Niccolò Fattori (MPhil/PhD, History), Identity and integration in the Greek community of Ancona in the sixteenth century (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) - PhD (2017)
- Laura Franco, A Study of the Metaphrastic Process: an annotated critical edition of the Vita of Saint Hilarion, and the Passiones of Saints Iakovos and Platon by Symeon Metaphrastes (Co-supervisors: Julian Chrysostomides and Charalambos Dendrinos) - PhD (2009)
- Mark Guscin, The Tradition of the Image of Edessa. (Supervisor: Charalambos Dendrinos. Advisor: David Gwynn) - PhD (2015)
- Robert Heller (Classics), Unifying the Stoic System: the concept of time in Stoicism - PhD (2017)
- Christopher Hobbs, A Study of the Historia Byzantina of Doukas (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) - PhD (2016)
- Christina Kakkoura, An annotated critical edition of Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus’ Seven Ethico-political Orations (Co-supervisors: + Julian Chrysostomides and Charalambos Dendrinos) - PhD (2013)
- Sophia Kapetanaki, An annotated critical edition of Makarios Makres's "Life of St Maximos Kausokalyves", "Enconium on the fathers of the seven ecumenical councils", "Consolation of a sick person", "Verses on the Emperor Manuel ll Palaeologos", "Letter to Hieromonic Symeon", "Supplication on barren olive-trees" (Co-supervisors: Julian Chrysostomides and Jonathan Harris; Advisor: Charalambos Dendrinos) - PhD (2002)
- Michael Kaplanoglou, Contribution to the Economic History of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople under the Ottoman Rule (15th-19th c.) (Co-supervisors: Julian Chrysostomides and Charalambos Dendrinos) - MPhil (2004)
- Eleni Katsae, The concept of daimon in Homer - PhD (2016)
- Stavroula Kiritsi (Classics), Menandrian Characters in Context (Co-supervisors: Anne Sheppard and Chris Carey (UCL)) - PhD (2018)
- Michael Konstantinou-Rizos, An edition of Prochoros Cydones' (ca. 1330-1369/71) unpublished Greek translation of Thomas Aquinas' Quaestiones disputatae de potentia and Quaestio disputata de spiritualibus creaturis - (Supervisor: Charalambos Dendrinos. Advisor: Anne Sheppard. External advisor: John Demetracopoulos (Patras)) PhD (2017)
- Chrysovalantis Kyriacou, The Orthodox Church in Late Frankish and Venetian Cyprus (1191-1571): Society, Spirituality and Identity (Supervisor: Charalambos Dendrinos. Advisor: David Gwynn. External Advisor: Georgios Christodoulou (Nicosia)) - PhD (2016)
- Georgios Liakopoulos, The Historical Geography of the Late Byzantine and Early Ottoman Peloponnese (Supervisor: Julian Chrysostomides. External advisor: Metin Berke (Brussels)) - PhD (2008)
- Peter Long, The role of guarantors in agreements involving the city-state in ancient Greece. (Supervisor: Lene Rubinstein) - PhD (2016)
- Jarrid Looney, Mrs. Robinson Before and After: An Existential Character Analysis of Euripides’ Hippolytos in Reception (Co-supervisors: Ahuvia Kahane and Edith Hall (KCL)) - PhD
- Stephanie Magowan (Classics), The development of psychological thought in early Greek philosophy and medicine - PhD (2017)
- Elliot Mason (History), An annotated edition of the unpublished metaphrasis of St. John of Sinai’s Ladder of Divine Ascent by Matthaios Blastares (Supervisor: Charalambos Dendrinos. Advisor: Christos Kremmydas) - PhD (2019)
- Brian McLaughlin (History), An annotated translation of Emperor John VI Kantakouzenos, History, Book III (Supervisor: Charalambos Dendrinos. Advisor: Anne Sheppard. External Advisor: Ruth Macrides (Birmingham)) - PhD (2017)
- Andreas Meitanis, Aspects of Violence in Byzantium (Supervisor: Julian Chrysostomides) - PhD (2001)
- Andria Michael, Antigone on the modern Greek stage (Supervisor: Ahuvia Kahane) – PhD (2017)
- Sebastian Moro, Music and Philosophy in the Neo-Platonic tradition (Supervisor: Anne Sheppard) - PhD (2011)
- Fevronia Nousia, Byzantine Textbooks of the Palaeologan Period (13th-15th century) (Co-supervisors: Julian Chrysostomides and Charalambos Dendrinos) - PhD (2007)
- Vasos Pasiourtides, An annotated critical edition of Demetrios Chrysoloras’ Dialogue on Demetrios Kydones’ Antirrhetic against Neilos Kabasilas (Supervisor: Charalambos Dendrinos. Advisor: Anne Shappard. External advisor: John Demetracopoulos (Patras)) - PhD (2013)
- Konstantinos Palaiologos, An annotated critical edition of the Refutation of the Error of the Latins by Matthaios Blastares (Co-supervisors: + Julian Chrysostomides and Charalambos Dendrinos. Advisor: Anne Sheppard) - PhD (2011)
- Nil Palabiyik, The first Greek Printing Press in Constantinople (1625-1626) (Supervisor: Charalambos Dendrinos. Advisor: Evrim Binbas) - PhD (2014)
- David Preston, Plato and Greek comedy (Supervisor: Anne Sheppard - PhD (2017)
- Kostas Prapoglou, Late Roman residences in Thessalonica (Supervisor: Amanda Claridge) - PhD
- Eleni Rossidou-Koutsou, John Eugenikos' Antirrhetic of the Act of Union of the Churches at the Council of Ferrara-Florence (Co-supervisors: Julian Chrysostomides and Charalambos Dendrinos) - PhD (2004)
- Eugenia Russell, Fourteenth Century Byzantine Encomia to St. Demetrius (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) - PhD (2009)
- Quentin Russell, Greek Identity in Victorian London: Community and Assimilation (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) - PhD (2011)
- Kenneth Scot Parker, The Impact of the Crusades on the Christian Churches of the Near East, 1291-1402 (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) - PhD (2011)
- Peggy Shannon, Catharsis, trauma and war in Greek tragedy: an inquiry into the therapeutic potential of Greek tragedy, with special reference to the female experience (Supervisor: David Wiles) - PhD (2014)
- George Siderountios, Zealot Early Christianity and the Emergence of Anti-Hellenism (Supervisor: David Gwynn) - PhD (2016)
- Dawn Thomas, Galen's Hygiene in Context (Co-supervisors: Peregrine Horden and Charalambos Dendrinos) - PhD (2011)
- Dmitri Tolstoy-Miloslavsky, The Italian Policy of Manuel I Komnenos, 1135-1180 (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) - PhD (2008)
- Christos Triantafyllopoulos, An annotated critical edition of the teatise Against the Errors of the Latins by Macarios, Metropolitan of Ankyra (1397-1405) (Co-supervisors: + Julian Chrysostomides and Charalambos Dendrinos) - PhD (2009)
- Aaron Turner, The role of the individual in Thucydides (Supervisor: Ahuvia Kahane) – PhD (2017)
- Mark Whelan, Sigismund of Luxemburg and the Imperial Response to the Ottoman Turkish Threat, c.1396-1437 (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris) – PhD (2014)
- Jenny Winter, The Rhetoric of Leadership in Xenophon (Supervisor: Lene Rubinstein) - PhD (2016)
- Christopher Wright, The Gattilusi of Lesbos: Diplomacy and Lordship in the Late Medieval Aegean (Supervisor: Jonathan Harris. Advisor: Julian Chrysostomides) - PhD (2006)
Andrea Zerbini, Production and trade in marginal lands: a study of the Levantine agricultural economy in Late Antiquity (Supervisor: Richard Alston) - PhD (2013)
For further information on the Hellenic Institute's MPhil/PhD programme please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
Studentships, bursaries and prizes
His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios I Postgraduate Studentship
The studentship in honour of his All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios I, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his accession to the Patriarchal throne of Constantinople, was established by the Orthodox Cultural Association of Athens, through a generous donation by Mrs Angeliki Frangos in memory of her late mother Stela N. Frangos.
The Nikolaos Oikonomides Postgraduate Studentship
The studentship was established by the Friends of the Hellenic Institute in memory of the distinguished Greek Byzantinist Nikolaos Oikonomides (1934-2000), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Byzantine Studies.
Both studentships are awarded towards tuition fees at UK/EU rate for one year and are open to full-time and part-time UK/EU and overseas students who wish to pursue the MA in History: Hellenic Studies, or the MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, or MPhil/PhD research in some aspect of Hellenic and/or Byzantine studies at the Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London. The closing date for submission of applications for the next academic year is 2 September 2019.
George of Cyprus Bursaries
Established thanks to a generous grant awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, in honour of George of Cyprus, later Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (under the name Gregory II, 1283-9). Born in Cyprus, in 1240, then under Latin occupation, at the age of seventeen he fled to Nicaea, the Byzantine Empire in exile, in order to pursue his studies. After the restoration of the Byzantine Empire in 1261, he settled in Constantinople, where he completed his higher education and subsequently taught the eminent scholars of the next generation. One aspect of his personality was his tenacity and dedication to his studies, despite enormous adversities.
The Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries in Hellenic and Byzantine Studies
Established in memory of J. Chrysostomides (1928-2008), Emeritus Reader in Byzantine History in the University of London and former Director of the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway College.
The Pat Macklin Memorial Bursaries in Hellenic and Byzantine Studies
In memory of Pat Macklin (1915-2009), former student and Friend of the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway College.
The Konstantinos Kokonouzis Memorial Bursaries in Hellenic and Byzantine Studies
Established thanks to an annual donation by Mr Yiannis Chronopoulos, graduate and Friend of the Hellenic Institute, in memory of his cousin Konstantinos Kokonouzis (1974-1997), who served as Second Lieutenant (Engineer) in the Hellenic Air Force (offered only to self-supported students).
All Bursaries are offered towards support and research expenses to part-time and full-time students who pursue MA programmes and MPhil/PhD research in Hellenic and Byzantine Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. There is no closing date for submission of applications for these bursaries.
The John Penrose Barron Prize in Hellenic Studies
In memory of the eminent Hellenist Professor J.P. Barron (1934-2008), former Master of St Peter's College, Oxford, Director of the Institute of Classical Studies, and Friend and member of the Steering Group of the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway College. The Prize (£250) is offered to students who complete the MA History: Hellenic Studies at the Hellenic Institute with the mark of distinction.
The Joan Mervyn Hussey Prize in Byzantine Studies
In memory of the distinguished Byzantine scholar and teacher J.M. Hussey (1907-2006), Emeritus Professor of History in the University of London and former Head of the History Department at Royal Holloway College. The Prize (£250) is awarded annually to Hellenic Institute students who complete the MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies with the mark of distinction.
There are no special application forms for the studentships and bursaries. Applicants should send a letter of application to Dr Charalambos Dendrinos, Director, The Hellenic Institute, History Department, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UK.
The Hellenic Institute publishes its own series of texts, monographs and collections of essays with Porphyrogenitus Publishers Ltd.
The Reign of Cunincpert: Saga, Reality, Stability and Progress in Lombard Italy at the End of the Seventh Century, by Panagiotis Antonopoulos (Camberley, 2010). 137 pp., 175x245 mm, illustrations: 2 coloured, 1 map, index. Hardback. ISBN 1 871328 18 7. Amazon Price: £15
A study exploring the life and reign of the Lombard king Cunincpert (AD688-700) in the broader sphere of international relations at the end of the seventh century. It consists of four parts. The first is devoted to biographical details while the second examines changes within the Lombard state, including Cunincpert’s monetary reform and building activity, and his role in healing the Aquileian Schism. The third part discusses Cunincpert’s external policies, Byzantium, the Frankish states, and the Anglosaxon kingdoms, followed by the final part, which discusses Paul the Deacon’s division of Cunincpert’s reign in his Historia Langobardorum. This book is the first comprehensive study on this ruler.
“Sweet Land ...”: Lectures on the History and Culture of Cyprus, edited by J. Chrysostomides and Charalambos Dendrinos (Camberley, 2006). 320 pp., 170x245 mm, illustrations: 50 coloured, 6 B/W, 2 maps, index. Paperback. ISBN 1 871328 15 2. Amazon Price: £25.
A collection of papers which explore perceptions and self-perceptions of the ‘Cypriot’ through the ages. The papers comprise a variety of themes, from history, archaeology and linguistics, to art and literature, manuscripts and travel, hagiography and religion, sociology and psychology, covering the whole period of Cypriot history, from the prehistoric age, through the classical Greek and Hellenistic times, to the Roman, Byzantine, Frankish and Venetian periods, and finally the Ottoman and British rule to the present.
The Greek Islands and the Sea: Proceedings of the International Colloquium held at The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London, 21-22 September 2001, edited by J. Chrysostomides, Charalambos Dendrinos and Jonathan Harris (Camberley, 2004). 170x245 mm, 304 pages, 40 B/W illustrations including maps, index. Paperback. ISBN 1 871 328 14 4. Amazon Price: £25.
A collection of 13 papers given by scholars, exploring various aspects of the activities and vicissitudes of the seafaring Greeks and other peoples, who at various stages left their imprint on the history of the Greek Islands and the Mediterranean. The papers, spanning from the Prehistoric Age, through the Classical and Hellenistic times, to Byzantium and the Post-Byzantine Period to the present, cast new light on many areas including religion, society, ethnography, demography, law, economy, trade, navigation, travel, cartography, fishing, husbandry, and poetry.
Monumenta Peloponnesiaca. Documents for the History of the Peloponnese in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries, edited by J. Chrysostomides (Camberley, 1995). 704 pp., 280x220 mm, 16 B/W illustrations, map, select vocabulary, general index. Hardback. ISBN 1 871328 06 3. Amazon Price: £80.
A collection of 320 fully annotated documents in Latin, Italian and Greek, drawn from the archives of Dubrovnik, Florence, Malta, Paris, the Vatican and Venice, the majority of which are previously unpublished. The edition of these documents shed new light and are a major contribution to the understanding of the political, social and economic issues concerning the Eastern Mediterranean and in particular the Peloponnese under Byzantine and Frankish rule.
Greek Emigres in the West, 1400-1520, by Jonathan Harris (Camberley, 1995). 282 pp., 220x150 mm, index. Hardback. ISBN 1 871328 11 X. Amazon Price: £31.
Most studies of emigration from Constantinople and Greece in Western Europe during this period have focused on the scholars who contributed so much to the study of Greek during the Italian Renaissance. This original investigation reveals that the emigrants also included physicians, shipbuilders, artists and other skilled craftsmen, and argues that the readiness of western regimes to employ them undermines traditional assumptions about Byzantium's cultural and technological backwardness in the century before the fall of Constantinople.
Kathēgētria: Essays presented to Joan Hussey on her 80th birthday, edited by J. Chrysostomides (Camberley, 1988). 543 pp., 242x170 mm, illustrations: 1 B/W, 2 drawings, index. Hardback. ISBN 1 871328 00 4. Amazon Price: £40.
A collection of 31 essays exploring a wide range of important aspects of Byzantine political and ecclesiastical history, theology, hagiography, archaeology and economy by distinguished scholars, written as a tribute to the distinguished British Byzantinist, Professor Joan M. Hussey (1907-2006). Contributors include M. Anastos, Averil Cameron, J. Darrouzès, F. Halkin, B. Hamilton, H. Hunger, J. Koder, A.H.S. Megaw, J. Meyendorff, J.A. Munitiz, N. Oikonomides, G. Podskalsky, E. Catafygiotou-Topping and Sir Steven Runciman.
The Journals and Letters of George Finlay, edited by Joan M. Hussey, 2 vols. (Camberley, 1995), vol. 1: 490 pp., vol. 2: 457 pp., 240x165 mm, index, ISBN 1 871328 10 1. Hardback. Amazon Price: £80 (2 vols.)
The journals and selected correspondence of the distinguished nineteenth-century Scottish scholar, historian, traveller, political commentator and philhellene. His writings give a vivid picture of the problems in travelling during the nineteenth century, as well as a general view into the day-to-day life of the people of Greece, Turkey, England and other western European countries. It is an invaluable source to topographers, archaeologists and historians of Greece, the European Powers and the Ottoman Empire. Published in two volumes, it is richly illustrated with over 130 of Finlay's own sketches.
These publications can be ordered directly from Porphyrogenitus Publishers Ltd, 27 Upper Gordon Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 2HJ, United Kingdom.
The Friends of The Hellenic Institute
For the work of the Hellenic Institute to continue, the next generation of teachers and scholars has to be trained and endowed with essential skills.
The Friends of the Hellenic Institute have come together to provide a scholarship - The Nikolaos Oikonomides Postgraduate Studentship, and have established two Prizes: The Joan Mervyn Hussey Memorial Prize in Byzantine Studies, and The John Penrose Barron Memorial Prize in Hellenic Studies.
In addition the Friends have established The Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries, The Pat Macklin Bursaries, and The Konstantinos Kokonouzis Bursaries.
Friends pay an annual subscription of £15. Voluntary donations above and beyond this sum help fund studentships, bursaries, and prizes. Friends also receive the Institute’s Newsletter, which presents our activities.
Donations to the Hellenic Institute can be made online at: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/donate-now/ and by cheque payable to "RHBNC Hellenic Institute" and posted to The Hellenic Institute, History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, United Kingdom.
For further information on how to join the Friends of the Hellenic Institute please contact:
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Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies
The Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies (CGDS) has been established within The Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first academic centre of its kind in the United Kingdom.
The foundation of the CGDS represents the fulfilment of a long-term aim of the Hellenic Institute. The initiative was first proposed by Professor Richard Clogg on 14 March 2013, at the end of the Twelfth Annual Hellenic Lecture, “Xeniteia: the Greek Diaspora in Modern Times.” Two years later, on 17 March 2015, the establishment of the CGDS was formally announced by Dr Charalambos Dendrinos following the Fourteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture, "From Greeks Abroad to the Greek Diaspora: Hellenism in a Changing World," delivered by Professor George Prevelakis.
The CGDS is guided by an Advisory Board of internationally recognised scholars including Professor Richard Clogg (Emeritus Fellow, St Antony’s College, Oxford), Professor Olga Katsiardi-Hering (University of Athens), and Professor George Prevelakis (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne).
The CGDS aims at creating an active network of international scholars and students interested in all aspects of the Greek Diaspora, focussing on the modern period. The involvement of members of the general public in the UK and abroad is encouraged as well. The Centre examines the history and contribution of Greek migrants to their host communities and countries, and promotes interdisciplinary cooperation through the sharing of ideas and information, and the coordination of collaborative research projects. Since the establishment of The Hellenic Institute, a particular area of interest has been the history of the Greek Community in London, and the CGDS continues to encourage research into this promising subject.
Associate members of the CGDS include postgraduate students and staff from History and other Royal Holloway departments who are working in related fields. Students and scholars from other universities and institutions worldwide are warmly invited to participate in the Centre’s activities.
The CGDS welcomes support from members of the public, and private, public and corporate funding bodies.
International Conference: Greeks and Cypriots in the United Kingdom, 1815-2015: Culture, Commerce & Politics. This two day conference was the first time researchers studying the history of the Greek and Cypriot communities in the United Kingdom came together and presented their work. Papers covered a broad range of topics related to social, cultural, commercial and political history and diaspora studies. The conference took place on Friday 14 October and Saturday 15 October 2016 at the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS, United Kingdom. Over 150 students, scholars, officials and members of the general public attended the event.
Co-organised by The Hellenic Institute / Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Cyprus High Commission, Cultural Section, and the Embassy of Greece, with the support of the Hellenic Centre and under the auspices of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Cyprus, Euripides L. Evriviades, and the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras.
To download abstracts of the papers, please click here.
Fifteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture: The Gennadius Library in Athens: The Vision of a Greek of the Diaspora by Dr Maria Georgopoulou, Director, The Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens. In 1926 John Gennadius, a retired Greek diplomat in London, offered his 30,000-volume library to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for the use of “the scholars of all nations” following the example of earlier benefactors from the Greek diaspora. The guiding principle of his collecting was to illuminate the history of the Greek “genius” through the ages. Dr Georgopoulou's lecture assessed the significance of the Gennadius Library for the development of post-antique Hellenic studies over the past ninety years and the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead. The Fifteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture took place at Royal Holloway, University of London, on 22 March 2016.
Greeks and Others in the Centre: the London Launch of Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture...and Stories (Berlin: Jovis, 2015). Downtown Cairo is a unique, living treasure house of nineteenth and twentieth century residential and commercial architecture. Until the 1950s, it was home to a flourishing Greek community numbering many thousands. Most Cairene Greeks lived downtown, close to their shops, offices, restaurants, schools, churches and clubs. Some Greek-Egyptians still live and work there today. At the London launch of their book, Dr Vittoria Capresi and Barbara Pampe spoke about "The Making of Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture ...and Stories", Dr Alexander Kazamias (Coventry University) responded with thoughts on "'A Piece of Europe'? Reflections on Khedivial Cairo after the Opening of the New Suez Canal", and Dr George Vassiadis (RHUL) provided an introduction entitled "Greeks and Others in Downtown Cairo from Khedive Ismail to the Arab Spring". This event, organised in cooperation with the Society of Modern Greek Studies and Baladilab, was held at The Hellenic Centre in London on 29 October 2015.
Making Space for Diasporas and the Sacred. The first CGDS event, a postgraduate workshop organised in cooperation with HARC and the Royal Holloway Geography Department, took place at Royal Holloway on 29 May 2015.
For information on the CGDS please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.
The Hellenic Institute runs the following MA programmes:
- MA Late Antique and Byzantine Studies: An intercollegiate University of London programme taught jointly with University College London and the collaboration of King's College London and Birkbeck, University of London. This programme is designed especially for those who are interested in progressing to doctoral research in Late Antique and Byzantine studies. It also aims to relate the history of Late Antiquity and Byzantium to the wider world.
- MA History: Hellenic Studies: This course aims to give students from various backgrounds the opportunity to have an overall view and appreciation of Greek history and culture embracing the Homeric and Classical ages, the Hellenistic and Roman world, the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine periods, and the modern world. Its diachronic and interdisciplinary nature enable students to examine the elements which characterise Hellenic culture through the centuries, at the same time acquiring a deeper knowledge of a certain period and discipline, including philosophy, history, law, religion, theatre, language, literature, papyrology and palaeography.
Students applying for the above MA programmes are eligible to be considered for Hellenic Institute Studentships and other awards.
Other related MA Programmes are offered at Royal Holloway Classics Department:
The Greek Manuscript Collection of Lambeth Palace Library
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Greek Manuscript Collection of Lambeth Palace Library
This catalogue is the fruit of a long-standing and on-going collaboration between Lambeth Palace Library and the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London.
It is a descriptive catalogue of the entire collection, mainly comprising Gospel books, Lectionaries, commentaries on the Old and New Testaments, theological treatises and historical and literary texts which include classics, Byzantine and post-Byzantine authors.