Annual Garden Party

Garden Party 07 Jun 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens

Annual Garden Party

John Kittmer, "Ritsos in Monemvasia: A Literary Guide for Travellers"

London lecture 07 Jun 2018 (18:00)

British Academy (10 Carlton House Terrace, london)

John Kittmer will introduce the topic: "Ritsos in Monemvasia: A Literary Guide for Travellers"

Professor David Sedley, "Xenocrates and the invention of Platonism: a textual approach"

Michael Frede Memorial lecture 05 Jun 2018 (19:30)

British School at Athens, Library

Professor David Sedley (University of Cambridge) will introduce the topic: "Xenocrates and the invention of Platonism: a textual approach"

Dr Florence Liard, "The potter's art in Latin Greece: a petrological approach to traditions, innovations, and networks of interactions"

Upper House Seminar 31 May 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Florence Liard (Williams Fellow in Ceramic Petrology, Fitch Laboratory BSA) will introduce the topic: "The potter's art in Latin Greece: a petrological approach to traditions, innovations, and networks of interactions"

Alessandro Ceccarelli, " The Potter's Wheel in South Asia: a Technological Re-examination of Bronze Age Craft Production in the Indus Zone"

Fitch-Wiener Seminar 30 May 2018 (17:00)

Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA

Alessandro Ceccarelli (PhD candidate, University of Cambridge) will introduce the topic: " The Potter's Wheel in South Asia: a Technological Re-examination of Bronze Age Craft Production in the Indus Zone"

Professor Ian Freestone, "The long 'Roman' glass industry" - Scientific Evidence

The Marc & Ismene Fitch Laboratory Annual Lecture 14 May 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Professor Ian Freestone (University College London) will introduce the topic: "The long 'Roman' glass industry" - Scientific Evidence

Dr Ian Collins, "John Craxton: A Life of Gifts"

London lecture 10 May 2018 (18:00)

British Academy, Wolfson Auditorium

Dr Ian Collins, "John Craxton: A Life of Gifts" [Artist and adventurer John Craxton (1922-2009) said that life was more important than art – while pouring his intrepid, sociable existence into ravishing and exhilarating pictures. No one ever enjoyed living more than he did. One of the youthful hopes of British art longed to live abroad, and when finally escaping to Greece after the war he never looked back – celebrating the light, landscapes, heat, food and most of all the people of his adopted homeland in glittering colourist paintings which reworked Cubism and paid homage to both Greek mythology and Byzantine art. }

Dr Ruth Macrides, "The Scottish connection in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies"

Bader Archive Lecture 09 May 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Ruth Macrides (University of Birmingham) will introduce the topic: "The Scottish connection in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies"

Dr Huw Halstead, "Reclaiming the land: belonging, place, and environmental transformation in Kambos, Western Thessaly"

Upper House Seminar 07 May 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Huw Halstead (BSA Macmillan-Rodewald Student/University of York) will introduce the topic: "Reclaiming the land: belonging, place, and environmental transformation in Kambos, Western Thessaly"

Dr. Lisa Peloschek, "The industrial landscape of Rhodes in antiquity: Towards the creation of clay and ceramic reference data"

Fitch-Wiener Seminar 23 Apr 2018 (17:00)

Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA

Dr. Lisa Peloschek (Post-Doc researcher, Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark) will introduce the topic: "The industrial landscape of Rhodes in antiquity: Towards the creation of clay and ceramic reference data"

Dr Eirini Avramopoulou, "Histories and geographies of displacement, trauma and asylums in Leros island"

Upper House Seminar 16 Apr 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Eirini Avramopoulou (BSA A.G. Leventis Fellow in Hellenic Studies) will introduce the topic: "Histories and geographies of displacement, trauma and asylums in Leros island"

Book presentation - Interpreting the seventh century BC. Tradition and innovation

Book Presentation 29 Mar 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Book presentation - Interpreting the seventh century BC. Tradition and innovation (Edited by Xenia Charalambidou and Catherine Morgan)

David Friesem "Geo-ethnoarchaeology: Ethnography and microscopic study of modern sites as an interpretative tool for archaeological research"

Fitch-Wiener Seminar 27 Mar 2018 (17:00)

The Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA

Dr. David Friesem (Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel / McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, UK) will introduce the topic: "Geo-ethnoarchaeology: Ethnography and microscopic study of modern sites as an interpretative tool for archaeological research"

Dr Ioanna Sitaridou, "Romeyka in Turkey: Throwing new light on the historical development of the Greek language"

Upper House Seminar 26 Mar 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Ioanna Sitaridou (University of Cambridge) will introduce the topic: "Romeyka in Turkey: Throwing new light on the historical development of the Greek language"

Dr Christopher Gill, "Stoic detachment - is this a myth?"

Philosophy Seminar 22 Mar 2018 (17:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Christopher Gill (University of Exeter) will introduce the topic: "Stoic detachment - is this a myth?" Abstract - A rather common modern (though not ancient) criticism of Stoicism is that Stoicism promotes an attitude of ‘detachment’ from other people. This criticism has been made by Martha Nussbaum and Richard Sorabji, for instance. This criticism is rather puzzling in that Stoicism - by contrast with Epicureanism, for instance - encourages deep and sustained involvement in family and communal life, as well as in friendship. Scholarly claims of Stoic detachment are based, in large measure, on a single theme and indeed passage, in Epictetus (Handbook 3, a shortened version of Discourses 3.24.88), which includes the rather disturbing image of kissing your child while reminding yourself that he or she may die. In this talk, I locate this passage in the context of Discourse 24 as a whole and more broadly, of Stoic thinking about the combination of personal and social involvement and acceptance of the possibility of death (drawing on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, for instance). I suggest that interpreting these Stoic ideas as expressing detachment from other people is misleading and that it may reflect a specifically modern sensibility

Dr Christopher Gill, "What does Stoic ethics have to contribute to modern moral philosophy?"

Philosophy Seminar 21 Mar 2018 (17:00)

E. Lambridis' Library (Ypsilantou 9)

Dr Christopher Gill (University of Exeter) will introduce the topic: "What does Stoic ethics have to contribute to modern moral philosophy?" Abstract - Since the 1980s at least, renewed attention to Aristotle (for instance, by Anscombe, MacIntyre and Williams) has led to a revival of virtue ethics (and to a lesser extent eudaimonism), alongside more established modes of modern moral philosophy, notably, Kantian and Utilitarian. Stoic ethics has not figured much in this revival, even though for about five centuries in Antiquity (3rd cent. BC to 2nd cent AD), Stoicism was regarded as the main rival to Platonic or Aristotelian forms of ethics. What could greater attention to Stoicism contribute to current debate in modern moral philosophy? In this talk I aim to encapsulate what I see as the most striking and distinctive features of Stoic ethics. This consists, on the one hand, in an innovative and systematic version of axiology (theory of value), centred on the distinction between good and ‘indifferents’. This is closely integrated with a specific form of ethical naturalism. This involves, in part, the systematic deployment of the idea of ‘nature’ within the value-theory. It also consists in the attempt to correlate the understanding of ethics with that of ‘nature’, in a number of senses, including human psychology and the place of humanity within nature as a whole. On the basis of this account, I maintain that Stoic ethics can offer an alternative, perhaps preferable, to Aristotle, as a template for modern versions of virtue ethics (more precisely, for modern forms of virtue ethics combined with eudaimonism and ethical naturalism). I also suggest that certain features of Stoicism, especially their accounts of the virtue-happiness relationship and of social ethics, offer the basis of fruitful engagement with other style of modern moral theory (including Kantian and Utilitarian). Finally, I claim that Stoic ethics can offer suggestive parallels for modern moral theories in their moves to address topics such as human psychology and the place of humanity in the environment in a more ‘naturalistic’ way than has been normal for those theories.

Dr Panagiotis Poulos, "Musical Topographies of late Ottoman Istanbul"

Upper House Seminar 19 Mar 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Panagiotis Poulos (University of Athens) will introduce the topic: "Musical Topographies of late Ottoman Istanbul"

Dr Eirini Karamouzi, "Troublemaker or Peacemaker? Andreas Papandreou, the policy of peace and the Cold War"

Upper House Seminar 12 Mar 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Eirini Karamouzi (BSA Early Career Fellow / University of Sheffield) will introduce the topic: "Troublemaker or Peacemaker? Andreas Papandreou, the policy of peace and the Cold War"

Dr Stephen Lambert, "Attic inscriptions online"

Visiting Fellow Lecture 05 Mar 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Penrose Library

Dr Stephen Lambert (University of Cardiff) will introduce the topic: "Attic inscriptions online"

Dr Lente Van Brempt, "The production and trade of Cypriot copper in the Late Bronze Age - From ore to ingot: unravelling the metallurgical chain"

Fitch-Wiener Seminar 27 Feb 2018 (17:00)

Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA

Dr Lente Van Brempt (Department of Archaeology and ANE Cultures,Tel Aviv University) will introduce the topic: "The production and trade of Cypriot copper in the Late Bronze Age - From ore to ingot: unravelling the metallurgical chain"

Dr Stacey Prickett, "Dancing nations at the Athens Festival: cultural diplomacy during the Cold War"

Upper House Seminar 26 Feb 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Stacey Prickett (University of Roehampton) will introduce the topic:"Dancing nations at the Athens Festival: cultural diplomacy during the Cold War"

Professor John Bennet, "The Work of the School in 2017" - Professor Colin Renfrew and Dr Michael Boyd, "The sanctuary on Keros and the settlement of Dhaskalio in the light of recent research"

Open Meeting 15 Feb 2018 (19:00)

Archaeological Society (22, Panepistimiou Street)

Professor John Bennet (Director, BSA), "The Work of the School in 2017" - Professor Colin Renfrew and Dr Michael Boyd (University of Cambridge), "The sanctuary on Keros and the settlement of Dhaskalio in the light of recent research"

Professor John Bennet, "The Work of the School in 2017" - Professor Colin Renfrew and Dr Michael Boyd, "The sanctuary on Keros and the settlement of Dhaskalio in the light of recent research"

Open Meeting 13 Feb 2018 (19:00)

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Cast Gallery

Professor John Bennet (Director, BSA), "The Work of the School in 2017" - Professor Colin Renfrew and Dr Michael Boyd (University of Cambridge), "The sanctuary on Keros and the settlement of Dhaskalio in the light of recent research"

Professor John Bennet (Director, BSA) "The Work of the School in 2017" and Professor Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford) "Restoring the Byzantine Empire. Constantinople, Hellenism and the Global Middle Ages"

Open Meeting 06 Feb 2018 (17:15)

British Academy, London

Professor John Bennet (Director, BSA) "The Work of the School in 2017" and Professor Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford) "Restoring the Byzantine Empire. Constantinople, Hellenism and the Global Middle Ages"

Vassileia Manidaki, "Τα Πρόσωπα των Λίθων-Νεώτερη 'Ερευνα για τους Αποτετμημένους Λίθους της Παρθενώνειας Ζωφόρου"

Upper House Seminar 29 Jan 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Vassileia Manidaki (Acropolis Restoration Service) will introduce the topic: "Τα Πρόσωπα των Λίθων-Νεώτερη 'Ερευνα για τους Αποτετμημένους Λίθους της Παρθενώνειας Ζωφόρου"

Professor Angelos Delivorias, "Η πνευματική και καλλιτεχνική γενιά του Μεσοπολέμου"

Friends Lecture 24 Jan 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Professor Angelos Delivorias (Member of the Academy of Athens, former Director of the Benaki Museum) will introduce the topic: "Η πνευματική και καλλιτεχνική γενιά του Μεσοπολέμου" in reference to the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery (the talk will be followed by an informal reception and the annual cutting of the Vassilopita)

Dr. Peter Tomkins, " Firing the Cretan Bronze Age: Ceramic perspectives on chronologies, technologies and societies in transition during the fourth millennium BC"

Fitch-Wiener Seminar 23 Jan 2018 (17:00)

Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA

Dr. Peter Tomkins (Associate Professor, University of Catania, Sicily, Italy / Visiting Professor, Archeologie, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) will introduce the topic: " Firing the Cretan Bronze Age: Ceramic perspectives on chronologies, technologies and societies in transition during the fourth millennium BC"

Anna Moles, "The impact of urbanism on human health and diet at Knossos from the Hellenistic to Late Antique periods""

Upper House Seminar 22 Jan 2018 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Anna Moles (BSA, Richard Bradford McConnell Student/UCL) will introduce the topic: "The impact of urbanism on human health and diet at Knossos from the Hellenistic to Late Antique periods"

Dr Roderick Bailey (Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford): "The British Experience of the Great Fire of Thessaloniki of 1917"

Upper House Seminar 11 Dec 2017 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Roderick Bailey will introduce the topic: "The British Experience of the Great Fire of Thessaloniki of 1917" - - "2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the devastating fire that tore through Thessaloniki at the height of the First World War. In this illustrated lecture, Dr Roderick Bailey of Oxford University illuminates those dark days of August 1917 through the experiences of members of the British Salonika Force. Drawing on eyewitness accounts of soldiers, nurses and airmen who were stationed in and around the city at the time, he discusses the cause and course of the fire and highlights particular responses with which the British were closely involved, from the key roles played by British soldiers in fighting the fire, to the efforts made to provide food and shelter to those left homeless."

Prof. Sariel Shalev, "Why are scientists afraid of portable XRF in archaeology?"

Fitch-Wiener Seminar 05 Dec 2017 (17:00)

Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA

Prof. Sariel Shalev (The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa) will introduce the topic: "Why are scientists afraid of portable XRF in archaeology?"

Dr Kostis Christakis, "Οι αποθήκες του άνακτα. Storage and sociopolitical changes at Late Bronze Age Knossos"

Upper House Seminar 04 Dec 2017 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Kostis Christakis (BSA, Knossos Curator) will introduce the topic: "Οι αποθήκες του άνακτα. Storage and sociopolitical changes at Late Bronze Age Knossos"

Dr Anna Lucia D' Agata, "Iron Age Cilicia and the Greek Connection (10th-8th centuries BC): Cultural Hegemonies, Material Entanglements, and Local Identities"

Upper House Seminar 27 Nov 2017 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Anna Lucia D' Agata (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma) will introduce the topic: "Iron Age Cilicia and the Greek Connection (10th-8th centuries BC): Cultural Hegemonies, Material Entanglements, and Local Identities" -- In the early 1st millennium BC the Cilician plain was the heartland of the Syro-Anatolian state of Que, whose culture has never been thoroughly explored. Ongoing excavations at the site of Misis (ancient Mopsouestia), 25 km to the east of the capital city of Adana, have succeeded in discovering an Iron Age monumental citadel dominating the lower valley of the river Ceyhan, and controlling the access to the Mediterranean coast. One of the prominent features of Que was the cultural contact with early Greece, which still is an ill-defined phenomenon due to limited archaeological data from primary contexts. The long and detailed stratigraphic sequence documented at Misis makes it possible to integrate imports within the local pottery assemblages, and to detail the development of this multicultural site in the crucial centuries of the early exchanges between Greece and the Near East. Taking the lead from the discoveries at Misis, I will review the available evidence for the Greek impact on the plain of Cilicia with the aim to define its effects on the material culture and the social complexity of this almost unknown region during the Iron Age.

Natalie Haynes: "The Children of Jocasta"

London lecture 24 Nov 2017 (18:00)

British Academy (10, Carlton House Terrace)

Natalie Haynes will introduce the topic: "The Children of Jocasta"

Dr Eleni Konstantinidi-Syvridi (National Archaeological Museum), "Reviving the art of the Mycenaean goldsmith"

Friends Lecture 23 Nov 2017 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Eleni Konstantinidi-Syvridi (National Archaeological Museum) will introduce the topic: "Reviving the art of the Mycenaean goldsmith"

Dr Margarita Gleba, "Unraveling the Fabric of the Past: Mediterranean Textile Cultures in the First Millennium BCE"

Upper House Seminar 20 Nov 2017 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Margarita Gleba (McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge) will introduce the topic: "Unraveling the Fabric of the Past: Mediterranean Textile Cultures in the First Millennium BCE"

Dr. Myrsini Gouma "Living on the lake: a geoarchaeological study on the lake dwelling settlement of Dispilio"

Fitch-Wiener Seminar 20 Nov 2017 (17:00)

Wiener Laboratory, ASCSA

Dr. Myrsini Gouma (Department of Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) will introduce the topic: "Living on the lake: a geoarchaeological study on the lake dwelling settlement of Dispilio"

Professor Angie Hobbs (University of Sheffield), "Democracy, Demagoguery and Plato"

Lecture 13 Nov 2017 (19:30)

National Hellenic Research Foundation

In the past few years various groups with opposing aims in a number of countries have claimed that they are the champions of democracy, ‘rule by the people’, and there is huge confusion and disagreement about who are ‘the people’ and what really constitutes their ‘rule’. In this talk Angie Hobbs argues that Plato, despite the fact that his experience was of direct democracy and not the liberal representational democracy that emerged in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, can be of great assistance in helping us think through these issues: although he is no fan of (direct) democracy, his analysis of its charms and weaknesses is nevertheless illuminating and his account of how democracy can be subverted into a far worse tyranny by a cynical and opportunistic demagogue is devastating. Plato also helps us understand what is really involved in ‘rule’ based on reason and evidence, and what kind of political, social and educational conditions are necessary to achieve it.

Dr Elisavet Tsigarida (Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Pella): "Pella. The Great Capital of the Macedonian Kingdom"

London lecture 31 Oct 2017 (17:00)

Senate House

Dr Elisavet Tsigarida (Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Pella): "Pella. The Great Capital of the Macedonian Kingdom"

Professor Paul Cartledge: "Spartan Race-ism: an Other view"

London lecture 23 Oct 2017 (18:00)

British Academy (10, Carlton House Terrace)

Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) will introduce the topic: "Spartan Race-ism: an Other view"

Dr Kostas Paschalidis (National Archaeological Museum), "Το Μυκηναϊκό Νεκροταφείο του Κλάους Πατρών. Τα κατάλοιπα ενός λαμπρού κόσμου στο τέλος εποχής"

Upper House Seminar 09 Oct 2017 (19:00)

British School at Athens, Upper House

Dr Kostas Paschalidis will introduce the topic: "Το Μυκηναϊκό Νεκροταφείο του Κλάους Πατρών. Τα κατάλοιπα ενός λαμπρού κόσμου στο τέλος εποχής" (lecture will be in Greek)