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July 2018

A celebration of 100 years from the founding of the Koraes Chair

With the award of the Katie Lentakis Prize for 2018 by the Anglo-Hellenic League.

Event held on 18 June 2018 in the Great Hall, Strand Campus

The Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature was established in 1918, with generous support from the Greek business community and the Parliament of the Hellenes, as a focal point in the UK and beyond for the study of Greek history and culture from the end of antiquity to the present day.

At this event, to celebrate the centenary of the Koraes Chair, distinguished experts spoke on relations between Britain and the world of Hellenism in the fields of culture, literature and history, from the time of Adamantios Koraes to the present, and prospects for the future. The event was brought to a close by the Minister for Culture and Sport, Hellenic Republic, Mrs Lydia Koniordou, whom CHS was especially pleased to welcome to King’s for the first time.

You can find more information about the Koraes Chair here. 

18 June - Koraes Centenary Images




February 2018

The 27th annual Runciman lecture by Professor Emerita Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London):

Seeing the Levant: From Herodotus to the present day

Over the centuries, western Europeans have viewed the middle east through the lens of Hellenism. When Rome reached the eastern Mediterranean, they found the world created by Alexander; Greek language provided a conduit for middle eastern thought and religions, most obviously Christianity. Over succeeding centuries Classical, Hellenistic and Byzantine concepts have influenced how western Europe has seen the area; one striking case is how classical scholars and archaeologists were involved in the settlements at the end of the First World War. This lecture aims to trace some of these perceptions, and to examine how we see the Middle East in consequence - both in words and images.



October 2017

Recordings of Rarely-Heard Greek Art-Music from the Archive of the       Marks logo for Athens Conservatoire recordings  Athens Conservatory in association with the international conference jointly organised by the Centre for Hellenic Studies (King’s College London), the British School at Athens, and the Athens Conservatoire, Athens, May 2015

Recording generously sponsored by The Michael Marks Charitable Trust
Performances copyright
Athens Conservatoire (Ωδείο Αθηνών), recorded in October 2017

  1. Alexandros Greck (1876-1959): ‘O mio pietoso ciel…’ Aria from the recently rediscovered opera Andronica (1904?)
  2. Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960): Romance d’Esmeralda (1911) – the oldest existing composition by Mitropoulos, for soprano and piano
  3. Georgios Sklavos (1888-1976): ‘The girl’s song’; ‘The young warrior’s death’
  4. Georgios Lambelet (1875-1945): ‘A little bird’ (words by Giannis Kambyssis)
  5. Georgios Axiotis (1875-1924): ‘Dream’ (words by Miltiadis Makalassis)
  6. Georgios Lambelet (1875-1945): ‘Wanderer’
  7. Dimitrios Lialios (1869-1940): Ave Maria, for soprano, violin, cello and piano
  8. Dionysios Lavrangas (1860-1941): Intermezzo lirico (1895?)
  9. Dimitrios Lialios (1869-1940): Serenade für Streichorchester

Details of these works and performances can be found here (in Greek) and here (in English) 



5 April 2017

Rumble Fund Lecture in Classical Art 2017: Beauty & Classical Form

Elizabeth Prettejohn (Professor of History of Art at the University of York) gives the fourth annual Rumble Fund Lecture. The 2017 Rumble Lecture comes about thanks to the generosity of the Jamie Rumble Memorial Fund. It is organised by the Centre of Hellenic Studies, in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies and the Department of Classics at King’s College London.

4 July 2016

Sounds of the Hellenic world, ancient and modern

Sounds of the Hellenic world saw the Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet make their debut appearance in the UK. Richard Williams, director of the Berlin Jazz Festival, reviewed the performance in The Sokratic method. 



7 March 2016

Third Annual Rumble Fund Lecture: Queering Classical Art

Drawing on both modern artistic responses to the Classical tradition and contemporary queer theory, the 2016 Rumble Lecture explores modes of ‘queering’ ancient Greek art. This involves thinking about Classical art on its own terms (its underlying assumptions about desire, eroticism, and sex, for example); but it also means integrating interests of criticisms and ethics today, re-examining some standard interpretative modes in the aftermath of J. J. Winckelmann’s 1764 History of the Art of Antiquity.

Whitney Davis is Pardee Professor of History & Theory of Ancient & Modern Art at the University of California at Berkeley and Visiting Professor of History of Art at the University of York. 

7 March 2016

Rethinking Greece: Roderick Beaton on the study of Greece and modern Greek achievements 

Professor Roderick Beaton recently gave an interview to Greek New Agenda about the study of Greece and modern Greek achievements. He also touched on subjects such as the College's department of Classics, the Centre for Hellenic Studies and his recent research. The published interview features one of Professor Beaton's podcasts, Zorba and the Greeks: Nikos Kazantzakis and the Greek Tradition, which you can listen to below:

19 October 2015

Fabrication of the self and Modern Greek identity in Karkavitsas' The Beggar

Part of the Arts and Humanities Festival. 

2 October 2015

The Greek Crisis: How did we get here?

A talk by Professor Roderick Beaton recorded earlier this year.

 7 May 2015

What Byron really did for Greece & why it still matters.

A lecture by Professor Roderick Beaton at the British School at Athens.

18 March 2015

 Rumble Fund Lecture 2015

The 2nd Annual Rumble Fund Lecture with John Onians (University of East Anglia) 

 29 June 2014
Part of the CHS 25th Anniversary event series: "Why Greece matters today", sponsored by the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who has devoted much of the last twenty years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her first book, Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, was published to critical acclaim and has now been translated into ten languages. Her latest work The Hemlock Cup - Socrates, Athens and the Search For The Good Life was short-listed for the Writer's Guild Award was a notable non-fiction book of 2011 and a New York Times bestseller. Bettany is currently writing a new biography of Istanbul - the result of a decade of on-the-ground research.  


 20 August 2013

In the last centuries of the Byzantine Empire’s decline (13th to 15th C), how did the very wealthy people achieve their wealth and what did they use their money for? Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos' research looks at the balance of caring for oneself and providing for one's eternal soul, with the disinvestment into charity, by concentrating their wealth into the care of themselves and status by buildings, foundations, liturgical commemoration and how the fragmented statelets at the time interacted.

16 May 2013
Ahead of the 39th International Byron Conference, presented by The Byron Society and King’s College London, Professor Roderick Beaton previews the highlights of this year’s conference and discusses some less well known aspects of Byron’s politics - including his political activity in Italy and Greece - with Robin Byron, 13th Baron Byron.

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