King's College London is one of a handful of institutions outside Greece and Cyprus where a student can trace the development of history and culture in the Greek-speaking world from the earliest times to the present.
I moved to King's for my PhD studies, having graduated in classics from Oxford, precisely to get that cross-period possibility, and I was not disappointed. From my first book, The Shade of Homer, on I have engaged in research that examines the modern Greek reception of the ancient Greek past, as well as making some forays into the field of Byzantium and its legacy. I'm by no means alone among my colleagues in taking this approach; and I think that the scholarly environment which has resulted in a number of recent publications in our own Centre for Hellenic Studies/Ashgate series which transcend normal period boundaries in historical, literary and linguistic study makes us particularly attractive to students who want to study Greek tradition in new ways.
I certainly am proud to have supervised some distinguished PhD and MA dissertations of precisely this type, covering themes as various as intralingual translation, the relation of poetry to the visual arts, and the link between poetry and Orthodox Christianity.