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Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, published by Ashgate

Series editor: Michael Trapp, King's College London, UK

Initiated in 1993 as an extension of the activities of the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London, this series covers all aspects of Greek culture and civilization. The volumes published to date present a broad range of topics from ancient to modern, including the papers of several international symposia held at KCL. Titles deal with the history and image of Alexandria, the image of Socrates across the centuries, the early years of El Greco, the making of Modern Greece, Greek-Turkish relations in modern times, and the history of Greek photography. Volumes in preparation cover the reign of the 12th-century Byzantine emperor John II Komnenos, the politics behind Lord Byron’s intervention in the Greek Revolution in the 1820s and Greek art music since the early 19th century.

Series Advisory Board: 
Roderick Beaton, King's College London, UK
Antony Eastmond, Courtauld Institute, London, UK
Alexandra Georgakopoulou, King's College London, UK
Robert Holland, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and King’s College London, UK
Charlotte Roueché, King's College London, UK
Dionysios Stathakopoulos, King's College London, UK


Camera Graeca: Photographs, Narratives, Materialities

Edited by Philip Carabott, Eleni Papargyriou, & Yannis Hamilakis.

Modern Greece and photography are almost peers: both are cultural products of the 1830s, and both actively converse with modernity. This is the first interdisciplinary volume to examine Greece's entanglement with photography.

When Greeks & Turks Meet

When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1923

Edited by Vally Lytra.

This book addresses a gap in scholarly literature by bringing together specialists from different disciplinary traditions so as to examine the complex relationship between the culture and peoples of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus since 1923.


Authority in Byzantium

Edited by Pamela Armstrong.

The invisible force of authority bound the diverse groups in the Byzantine state and maintained its existence across many centuries. This volume brings together an international cast of contributors to explore the many aspects and construction of authority within the state, the church and the family.


Standard Languages and Language Standards: Greek, Past and Present

Edited by Alexandra Georgakopoulou & Michael Silk.

This volume brings together scholars from different disciplines, with a variety of perspectives, to address issues of control, prescription, planning and perceptions of value, processes of establishing a standard and practices and ideologies of standardization, over the long history of the Greek language.


El Greco - The Cretan Years

Nikolaos M. Panagiotakes, translated by John C. Davis, and edited by Roderick Beaton.

This fundamental contribution to El Greco scholarship, until now only available in Greek, provides a thoroughly substantiated assessment of the evidence regarding the formative years in the life of one of the greatest artists of all time.


The Making of Modern Greece: Nationalism, Romanticism, and the Uses of the Past (1797-1896)

Edited by Roderick Beaton & David Ricks.

In 1821, when the banner of the revolution was raised against the empire of the Ottoman Turks, the story of 'Modern Greece' is usually said to begin. Less well known is the international recognition given to Greece as an independent state with full sovereign rights, as early as 1830.


Socrates in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Edited by Michael Trapp.

With contributions by both established and rising scholars, Socrates in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries surveys interpretations and uses of this most iconic of all ancient philosophers over the past two centuries, principally outside the confines of formal philosophy.

Also available as part of a 2 volume set.


Socrates from Antiquity to the Enlightenment

Edited by Michael Trapp.

With contributions by both established and rising scholars, Socrates from Antiquity to the Enlightenment surveys interpretations of this most iconic of all ancient philosophers over 2,200 years, principally outside the confines of fomal philosophy.

Also available as part of a 2 volume set.


Byzantine Women: Varieties of Experience AD 800-1200

Edited by Lynda Garland.

This volume brings together a group of international scholars in new explorations of the world of Byzantine women in the period 800-1200, specifically to investigate the participation of women in supposedly 'masculine' field of operation.


Personification in the Greek World: From Antiquity to Byzantium

Edited by Emma Stafford & Judith Herrin.

The twenty papers presented here cover personification in Greek literature, art and religion from its pre-Homeric origins to the Byzantine period. Classical Athens features prominently, but other areas of both mainland Greece and the Greek East are well represented.


Alexandria, Real and Imagined

Edited by Anthony Hirst & Michael Silk.

This volume offers a complex portrait of an extraordinary city, from its foundation in the fourth century BC up to the present day: a city notable for its history of ethnic diversity, for the legacies of its past imperial grandeur and for the memorable images constructed by both outsiders and inhabitants of the city.


The Greek Civil War: Essays on a Conflict of Exceptionalism and Silences

Edited by Philip Carabott & Thanasis D. Sfikas.

Half a century after the civil war which tore apart Greek society in the 1940s, the essays in this volume look back to examine the crisis. They bring a new comparative approach to the study of the Greek Civil War and establish the sometimes obscure links between Greek and European historical developments in the 1940s.

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Byzantium and the Modern Greek Identity

Edited by David Ricks & Paul Magdaliano.

This collection of specially commissioned essays aims to present and overview of some of the different, and often conflicting, tendencies manifested by modern Greek attitudes to Byzantium since the late eighteenth-century Enlightenment.

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Digenes Akrites: New Approaches to Byzantine Historic Poetry

Edited by Roderick Beaton & David Ricks.

Called variously the ‘Byzantine epic’, the ‘epic of Modern Greece’, an ‘epic-romance’ and ‘romance’, the poem of Digenes Akrites has exerted a tenacious hold on the imagination of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and from many countries of the world, as well as of writers and public figures in Greece.

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