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Forthcoming Events                                                                                            

Outline Cultural Programme for 2021

 

We set out below our updated outline cultural programme for 2021. Information about how to sign up for events is generally released four weeks before the event on our news page. Watch this site for more information. Because of the pandemic, all events advertised to take place in person are liable to change at short notice.       

 

16 September, 7pm    Illustrated talk by Dr Marios Psaras, ‘The Weird Wave of Greek Cinema: a Movement or a Moment?’ – at Friends Room, Hellenic Centre

 

30 September, 7pm    HE Kate Smith, outgoing British Ambassador to Greece, in conversation with Kevin Featherstone – at Friends Room, Hellenic Centre

 

13 October, 7.30pm Wine-tasting event by Lance Foyster MW – Friends Room, Hellenic Centre (sold out) 

 

21 October, 7pm      Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith, launch of volume 1 of his biography of Eleftherios Venizelos – at Friends Room, Hellenic Centre

 

9 November, 6pm    'Battling against fake news in Britain and Greece: can the mainstream media win?' A panel discussion – arranged jointly with the Hellenic Observatory at the LSE - to be held by Zoom webinar 

 

17 December, 9am   A guided private tour of the Science Museum’s exhibition Ancient Greek Science – at Science Museum, Exhibition Road, Kensington

 

Council of the League

25 August 2021

Past Events and News Archive

Monday 21 June 2021, 7pm

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award Ceremony 2021 & Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Lecture 2021

Ruth Padel

Jane Harrison, Neuro-Anatomy, and 

What Was it Like to Live with Greek Gods?’

Friends Room, Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

This year's Katie Lentakis Award was presented to Hermione Dowling for her dissertation: 'Classical fans: how does the treatment of mythological characters and narrative in Euripides' Helen and Hecuba compare to modern fan-fiction authors' treatment of original characters and narrative from the BBC's Merlin?'. Congratulations to Hermione and to the two runners-up, Isabella Riglia and Eleanor Sheppard.

The annual Katie Lentakis lecture was given by Ruth Padel, poet, novelist and classicist. In her talk, Prof. Padel brought together various strands of her work on Greek religion, Darwin and science, starting with her debt to Jane Harrison, the first woman to have an international profile as a classics scholar.  

 

The event took place, under socially distanced conditions, at the Hellenic Centre.

 

Council of the League

23 June 2021

Monday 21 June 2021, 5pm 

Annual General Meeting of the League

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

The Annual General Meeting for the year ending 31 December 2020 took place at the Hellenic Centre at the above date and time. A draft minute of proceedings will be posted shortly. 

RODERICK BEATON WINS THE RUNCIMAN AWARD 2021

WITH GREECE: BIOGRAPHY OF A MODERN NATION

 

PRESS NOTICE

 

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2021 is Roderick Beaton for Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation (London: Allen Lane 2019). In winning the Runciman Award for a fourth time, Prof. Beaton has set a new record of achievement.

 

Announcing the result of this year’s competition, Prof. Peter Frankopan, the chair of judges, said:

 

We were lucky enough to read some breath-takingly good books this year – including many that are both brave and ambitious, including re-tellings of stories that are well-known and investigations of real originality about topics rarely, if ever, looked at. Roddy Beaton’s book is a combination of all these qualities. It is not easy to write broad history for wide readership, and to do so well takes real skill. Covering recent centuries of Greece’s history requires courage too, as many have strong opinions about what should be written about – and how. What makes Beaton’s book stand out above all, however, is that just as Sir Steven Runciman’s books opened doors through which new generations of readers and scholars have since walked, so too will Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation. As a jury, we felt that this wonderful book captured the spirit of the Runciman Award perfectly.

 

John Kittmer, chair of the Council of The Anglo-Hellenic League, said:

 

On behalf of the League I warmly congratulate Roddy Beaton for winning this year’s Runciman Award. In its 35-year history Roddy is the only person to have won the award four times: a tremendous achievement. In relaunching the award under new sponsors in this year of the bicentenary of the Greek revolution, we are delighted that the judges have chosen to acknowledge the timely relevance of this great book.

 

The announcement of the winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2021 was made on Thursday 17 June, 7pm at an event held (because of Covid-19 restrictions) by Zoom webinar. Prof. Stathis Kalyvas (University of Oxford) gave the keynote address on ‘Why the Greek Revolution still matters today’. Peter Frankopan surveyed the field of longlisted and shortlisted books on behalf of the panel of judges. The event closed with an acceptance speech by the winner. 

 

The Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award is sponsored by the A. C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

1. The Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award was conceived in 1983, as an initiative of Earl Jellicoe, the then chairman of the League, in honour of Sir Steven Runciman, the distinguished historian of Byzantium and longest-serving chairman of the League (1951-1967). It was first awarded in 1986 and has been awarded most years since then.

 

2. The award is given to the best book (or books) written in English in the previous year on a Greek subject. It aims to stimulate interest in Greek history and culture from earliest times to the present; to reward and encourage good and accessible writing, of which Sir Steven’s works are an example; and to promote a wider knowledge and understanding of Greece’s contribution to civilisation and values. The prize may be awarded for a work in the field of history, literary studies, biography, travel and topography, the arts, architecture, archaeology, the environment, social and political sciences or current affairs; or for a work of fiction, poetry or drama. Translations from Greek literature into English are also eligible.

 

3. No award was made in 2020. Books published in 2019 and 2020 were eligible for the award in 2021.

 

4. The panel of judges for the award in 2021 comprises: Peter Frankopan (chair), Dionysis Kapsalis, Naoise Mac Sweeney, Judith Mossman and Sofka Zinovieff. The judges announced their long list of 21 titles on 14 January and their short list of 7 titles on 9 April (see www.runcimanaward.org). 

 

5. Roderick Beaton previously won the award in 1995 for An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature (Oxford: OUP 1994); in 2004 for George Seferis: Waiting for the Angel – A Biography (New Haven: Yale UP 2003); and in 2014 for Byron’s War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution (Cambridge: CUP 2013).

 

6. Enquiries about the Runciman Award can be made to the acting award administrator (Dr John Kittmer) at runciman@anglohellenicleague.org. Information about the two sponsoring foundations can be found at: https://www.aclcf.org/about-en/the-foundation/ and http://www.leventisfoundation.org/en/. The announcement to publishers for the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2022 will be made in late October 2021.

 

Council of the League

17 June 2021

The Anglo-Hellenic League

Runciman Award Ceremony 2021 

sponsored by the A. C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation & the A. G. Leventis Foundation

Keynote speech by Prof. Stathis Kalyvas

Zoom Webinar

Thursday 17 June 2021, 7pm

 

At a meeting held (because of the pandemic) by Zoom webinar, The Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award was relaunched, under the joint sponsorship of the Athanasios C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. 

 

The keynote speech at the award ceremony was given by Prof. Stathis Kalyvas (University of Oxford) on: “Why the Greek Revolution of 1821 still matters”. 

 

The chair of judges, Prof. Peter Frankopan, talked about this year’s competition and introduced the books in the short list. He then announced the winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2021:

 

Roderick Beaton: Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation (London: Allen Lane 2019)

 

Professor Beaton gave an acceptance address and spoke about his winning book.

 

The event was hosted by John Kittmer, chair of the Council of the League. Copies of his introductory remarks and the press notice are attached. A recording of all the event (except the chair's introductory remarks) is available below.

 

Council of the League

18 June 2021

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TWO NEW SPONSORS GUARANTEE THE FUTURE OF

THE ANGLO-HELLENIC LEAGUE RUNCIMAN AWARD

PRESS NOTICE

 

The Council of The Anglo-Hellenic League is delighted to announce our two new co-sponsors of the Runciman Award: the Athanasios C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. 

 

The Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award has been given most years since 1986 for the best new book published in English in the previous year on a Greek topic. The award honours the memory of the Byzantine scholar and philhellene, Sir Steven Runciman. 

 

Under the new agreement, the two co-sponsors will contribute equally to the funding of the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award for the next five years, beginning in 2021. The total value of the sponsorship agreement to the League is £80,000.

 

The value of the annual prizemoney for the Runciman Award is set at £10,000. 

 

The judging of the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2021 is underway. The judges, chaired this year by Prof. Peter Frankopan, released their long list in January and published their short list on 9 April. The winner will be announced at a ceremony to take place by Zoom webinar on 17 June, at 7pm. Registration for the event will open on 19 May. 

 

John Kittmer, Chair of the Council of The Anglo-Hellenic League, said:

 

‘In this year, when we are celebrating the bicentenary of Greek independence, it is wonderful to relaunch this prestigious award, which recognises the best writing in English about Greece and is a hugely important example of international philhellenism. All of us at the League are thrilled that the A. C. Laskaridis and A. G. Leventis foundations have stepped forward to guarantee the future of the Runciman Award. We look forward to working with them in the years ahead.’

 

Evi Lazou, President of the A. C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, said:

 

‘We are very happy and honoured to commence the support of the prestigious Runciman Award on the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence. As keeping Greek heritage alive is an intrinsic part of the Athanasios C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation’s mission, we cherish the partnership with an established institution that highlights the spirit, history, art and society of Greece.’

 

A spokesperson for the A. G. Leventis Foundation said:

 

‘The A. G. Leventis Foundation is delighted to support the Runciman Award, the longest established prize of its type in the UK. Over the years, this prestigious award has recognised and celebrated the influence of the Greek world in its broadest terms on European culture. It rewards both scholarship and creativity, but emphasises the importance of accessible writing in stimulating cultural and intellectual contact between Briton and Greek.’ 

 

Council of the League

17 May 2021

SEVEN MAGNIFICENT BOOKS TO CELEBRATE THE GREEK BICENTENARY 

 

JUDGES ANNOUNCE THE SHORT LIST FOR 

THE ANGLO-HELLENIC LEAGUE RUNCIMAN AWARD 2021 

‘AMBITION, INVENTIVENESS AND REAL ORIGINALITY’

 

At its meeting on 7 April, the judging panel for the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2021 agreed its short list for the competition.

 

Out of the 21 wonderful books selected by the judges in January to form their long list, the panel has now chosen seven books, published in 2019 or 2020, to go forward as the short list for the final round of judging. 

 

Peter Frankopan, Chair of judges, said: ‘This was a year of extraordinary depth and variety, covering Greek history, literature and culture from deep antiquity right up to the present day. Inevitably, choosing a short-list from such a strong selection was not easy. However, I am delighted we have chosen a set of books that show ambition, inventiveness and real originality – ranging from re-telling the siege of Troy to the interpretation of the Moon, from Venus and Aphrodite to Greece during the 19th and 20th centuries, from the Byzantine Emperor Theodore Laskaris to modern Greek poetry. We will need plenty of coffee (and perhaps something stronger) to select a winner from these masterpieces – each of which deserves to find many eager readers of all ages and each of which will appeal to specialists and the general reader alike.’

 

The Runciman Award has been run by The Anglo-Hellenic League since 1986, to reward the best book published recently about Greece or on a Greek subject in English. The competition was not run in 2020. In 2021, the League has found new sponsors for the Award and will be relaunching the book prize at an Award Ceremony when Covid restrictions are lifted in London. The Award Ceremony will form part of the UK’s celebrations of the Bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence, which is being celebrated globally this year.

 

The seven short-listed titles are set out below, in alphabetical order (by author):

 

Title

Author

Press

Period

Genre

RRP

The Byzantine Hellene: The Life of Emperor Theodore Laskaris and Byzantium in the Thirteenth Century

Dimiter Angelov

Cambridge University Press (2019)

Byzantium

Biography

£34.99

Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation

Roderick Beaton

Penguin Random House (2019)

Modern

History

£30

A Greek Ballad: Selected Poems

Michalis Ganas, translated by David Connolly & Joshua Barley

Yale University Press (2020)

Modern

Translation (poetry)

£30

Troy

Stephen Fry

Penguin Michael Joseph (2020)

Antiquity

Fiction

£20

Venus and Aphrodite

Bettany Hughes

Weidenfeld & Nicolson (Orion) (2019)

Antiquity

Myth / religion / reception

£12.99

The Moon in the Greek and Roman Imagination: Myth, Literature, Science & Philosophy

Karen ni Mheallaigh

Cambridge University Press (2020)

Antiquity

Myth / literature / science / philosophy

£75

Adoption, Memory and Cold War Greece: Kid Pro Quo?

Gonda Van Steen

University of Michigan Press (2019)

Modern

History

£69.95

 

The judges for the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2021 are:

 

Prof. Peter Frankopan (chair)

Dr Dionysis Kapsalis

Prof. Naoíse Mac Sweeney 

Prof. Judith Mossman

Dr Sofka Zinovieff

 

Details of the new sponsors and of the Award ceremony will be announced shortly.

 

John Kittmer (Award Administrator)

  for the Council of

The Anglo-Hellenic League

9 April 2021

Tuesday 30 March 2021, 6pm

Professor Judith Herrin

‘Ravenna and Constantinople in the sixth-eighth centuries: 

Greek influences and detractions’

Zoom Webinar

 

In this illustrated talk, Professor Judith Herrin addressed the status of Ravenna as the empire's outpost in the West; its importance for diplomatic, military and cultural connections with Constantinople and Greek culture; and the evidence of knowledge, and appreciation, of early medieval Greek within the city. She took us to some of the principal monuments and remains of the city from the sixth to the eighth centuries. 

 

Judith Herrin is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Classics at King’s College London. Her books include Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval EmpireWomen in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium, and The Formation of Christendom (all Princeton). Her latest book Ravenna. Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe (Penguin Random House 2020) has recently won the Duff Cooper Pol Roger Prize. 

 

A recording of Prof. Herrin's talk is available on our YouTube channel: here  and below.

Bicentenary of the Start of the Greek War of Independence 

Letter to the President of the Hellenic Republic

 

By way of letter dated 25 March 2021, our Chair has written to the President of the Hellenic Republic, Her Excellency Mrs Katerina Sakellaropoulou, on behalf of the members and Council of the League, to express our congratulations on the start of the bicentenary celebrations. A copy of the letter (in Greek) is set out below.

21 BOOKS TO CELEBRATE THE GREEK BICENTENARY

OF 1821-2021 

JUDGES ANNOUNCE THE LONG LIST FOR THE RUNCIMAN AWARD 2021 

 

The judging panel for the Runciman Award, for books about Greece, has agreed its long list of 21 books for the competition in 2021.

Out of 79 books submitted for the Award, the judges selected 21 to form their long list, which covers books published in 2019 and 2020. The long list includes books on history, archaeology, reception of antiquity, biography, literature and myth, plus novels and literary translations – across three and a half millennia of the Greek experience.

Peter Frankopan, chair of judges, said: ‘This is a wonderful - and thrilling - long list. We have such an amazing range of books about Greece in all its forms and glories. The books we have chosen go from the siege of Troy to Herodotus through the Byzantine era to Greece in the Cold War and bohemian lives on 1960s Hydra. As we face weeks more locked down because of the pandemic, what a treat to be able to dive into books written by some of the superstars of the academic and literary worlds.'

John Kittmer, chair of the League, said: ‘It is great to be relaunching the Runciman Award in 2021, when we are celebrating the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence. I am delighted to welcome Peter Frankopan as chair of judges and Sofka Zinovieff as a new member on our panel.’

The Award Ceremony for the Runciman Award 2021 is scheduled to be held in London on 17 June 2021, as part of the UK’s celebration of the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence. Details of the award ceremony and of the short list will be announced in due course, alongside news of the League’s new sponsorship deal for the Runciman Award.

The full long list of 21 titles is attached.

Council of the League

14 January 2021

 

NOTES:

Since 1983, the Runciman Award has been run annually by The Anglo-Hellenic League to reward the best book published in the previous year in English about Greece or on a Greek subject. The Award is open to books of scholarship and creativity. The competition was not run in 2020, while new sponsors were sought. A new sponsorship deal has been agreed and will be announced shortly. 

The judges for the Runciman Award 2021 are:

Prof. Peter Frankopan (chair)

Dr Dionysis Kapsalis

Prof. Naoíse Mac Sweeney 

Prof. Judith Mossman

Dr Sofka Zinovieff 

Runciman Award 2021 Long List
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Wednesday 4 November 2020, 7pm.

Michael Cullen, 'Across the Peloponnese: a short walk through thyme'.

Zoom Webinar

 

The author Michael Cullen gave an illustrated talk on the 15-day north-south hike across the Peloponnese which he first completed in 2016 and describes in his guidebook, Trekking in Greece: The Peloponnese and Pindos Way (Cicerone 2018 - jointly with Tim Salmon). Michael’s talk, accompanied by his own photos, focused on the dramatic landscapes of the Peloponnese, with discursions on history, mythology, flora and fauna, and people.

 

Michael was born in Athens to British parents and spent as much of his childhood as the school holidays would allow exploring lesser trodden parts of Greece's mainland and islands. After graduating from Cambridge University in French and German, he headed straight back to Greece to set up a programme of adventurous hiking trips around the country, in conjunction with local operator Trekking Hellas. Six years later, armed with lots of hard-won experience, happy memories and lamentably few savings, he expanded his hiking horizons to include France, Spain, Italy and Austria, under the auspices of Oxford-based holiday operator ATG Oxford. The arrival of the dotcom boom, a wife and then a child saw Michael move strategically sideways to co-found a niche accommodation website called i-escape.com, which he still runs to this day. Now based in Bristol, he spends his non-existent spare time singing, wild swimming and updating his two passion-project guidebooks to the Greek mountains.

 

Those who were unable to make the event can find a full recording on our YouTube channel here and below.

 

Those who are interested in walking the Peloponnese Way should consult this website.

Tuesday 27 October 2020, 7pm

Polly Samson in Conversation

Zoom Webinar

 

Author Polly Samson was in conversation with John Kittmer about her latest novel A Theatre for Dreamers (Bloomsbury 2020), set in the sixties on the Greek island of Hydra, where a circle of writers, painters and musicians live, ruled over by Charmian Clift and George Johnston, troubled queen and king of bohemia. Within this circle a love triangle forms between writer Axel Jensen, his wife Marianne Ihlen and a young Canadian poet named Leonard Cohen. ‘A spellbinding novel about utopian dreams and innocence lost.’

 

Polly Samson is the author of two short story collections and three novels. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous prizes, translated into several languages and dramatised on BBC Radio 4. Her novel The Kindness was named Book of the Year by The Times and Observer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

 

Those who were unable to make the event can find a full recording on our YouTube channel here and below.

 

Copies of A Theatre for Dreamers can be bought here.

Runciman Award 2021: Notice for Publishers

 

In 2021, the League is relaunching and offering a prize, known as the Runciman Award, in honour of the late Sir Steven Runciman, for an original work, wholly or mainly about some aspect of Greece or the world of Hellenism, published in English in any country of the world in its first edition during 2019 or 2020. Details of eligibility, terms and conditions of the Award in 2021, including the new process for publishers' nominations of books, are contained in the attached file 'Notice for Publishers'. The entry form is also attached below [not included in the archive].

 

We shall make an announcement early in 2021 on the website of the Runciman Award about the new sponsorship arrangements, the composition of the judging panel and the key dates for the award in 2021. The chair of judges in 2021 is Prof. Peter Frankopan.

 

November 2020

© Katerina Kalogeraki

In Memoriam: Matti Egon-Xylas (1935-2020)

 

On behalf of the Council and members of the League, our Chairman has written to the family of Matti Egon-Xylas to express our condolences at her passing away.

 

Matti was, for many years, an active and generous member of the League. Born into a Greek shipping family, she was largely brought up and educated in England. From an early age she devoted herself to philanthropy, becoming a major benefactor for causes in the UK and Greece. In addition to her involvement with the League, Matti founded the Greek Archaeological Committee UK and, with her second husband, Nicholas Egon, established and endowed the annual Runciman Lecture at King's College London.

 

Matti was a wonderful, warm and charming person: a friend and inspiration to very many. She will be much missed and remembered with great affection. Αιωνία της η μνήμη.

 

Council of the League

20 October 2020 

League welcomes the new Greek Ambassador
 
The Council of the League is delighted that the new Greek Ambassador, HE Mr Ioannis E. Raptakis, has accepted our traditional invitation to become joint patron of the League. We welcome the Ambassador and his wife to London and wish them every success and happiness in their tour of duty. 
 
(By virtue of office, the serving British Ambassador to Greece and Greek Ambassador to the UK are traditionally invited to be the League’s joint patrons. Our chief patron and president is HRH Prince Michael of Kent.)
 
Council of the League
14 October 2020

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award 2020

 

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award 2020 is Emma Bentley for her essay 'Why are the re-imaginings of the Prometheus myth by Hesiod, Aeschylus, and Plato’s Protagoras so different?’

 

This year’s runner-up was Molly Duffy for 'Mortality and the Monstrous: An Analysis of the Hellenistic Sculptural Depiction of Medusa from Greece and Magna Graecia’. Jessamyn Madden-Aberdein received a commendation from the judges for 'The Birth of Misunderstanding: What can Delphi and Parnassus tell us about dual worship of Apollo and Dionysus as "twin gods"?’

 

We thank all students at King's College London who submitted essays for the competition and congratulate the three short-listed students for essays that demonstrated creativity, scholarship and excellent writing. 

 

On receiving news of her £500 award, Emma Bentley said:

 

‘I'm thrilled and honoured to have won the Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Prize. My essay approached the Prometheus myth through ontological, epistemological, and ethical lenses, and I was struck by the myth's enduring potential for negotiating complex philosophical and ideological questions. I'm so grateful to receive this prize for a piece of work that I thoroughly enjoyed researching.’

 

This year’s judges were: Prof. Gonda Van Steen, Dr Isabelle Clark and Dr John Kittmer. The council of the League thanks the judges for their hard work.

 

Because of Covid restrictions, we will be unable to hold an Award ceremony this year. We will make an announcement shortly about our programme for the autumn.

 

The Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund was created in honour of Katie Lentakis, who played an important role in the Greek resistance, became a prominent member of the Greek community of London, and was for many years the vice-chair of the Anglo-Hellenic League. The prize, which is open to undergraduate students in their final year at King’s College London, was first awarded in 2002.

 

1 September 2020

Saturday 22 February 2020, 9am

Troy – Myth and Reality: Private Exhibition Viewing

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

By kind agreement of the British Museum, a group of twenty members and supporters of the League had a private viewing of the widely acclaimed exhibition, 'Troy: myth and reality'. The tour was organised by curator Lesley Fitton and led by Alexandra Villing, lead curator of the exhibition. This event raised £690 for the League's charitable purposes. We are grateful to all who kindly donated.

Friday, 7 February 2020, 7pm

Second Annual Lecture in memory of Niki Marangou, by John Kittmer: 'Anglo-Hellenism: adventures in cultural exchange'

Cotsen Hall, Anapiron Polemou, Athens 10676

Dr John Kittmer, the Chair of the League's Council, gave the second annual lecture in memory of the Cypriot poet, Niki Marangou. The annual lecture is organised by the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London, through the sponsorship of Mr Constantis Candounas.

Tuesday 3 December 2019, 7 pm

Victoria Hislop

‘Victoria Hislop in Conversation’

Wolfson Auditorium, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

 

Best-selling author Victoria Hislop was in conversation with John Kittmer (Chair of the League) about her passion for Greece and the role that Greece plays in her writing, including her latest book Those Who Are Loved.

This event was organised in collaboration with the British School at Athens.

Monday 17 June 2019, 6pm 

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award 2019

King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

 

Dr Anastasia Bakogianni: ‘Fidelity vs. Creativity: The Screen Reception of Ancient Tragedy in Modern Greece’

 

The League announced the winner and short-listed students for the Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award 2019.

 

The winner of the £500 award was Gina Prat Lilly for an essay entitled: 'Between dictatorship and exile: Two Antigones of postwar Spain. Salvador Espriu’s Antígona and María Zambrano’s La tumba de Antígona.' 

 

The two highly commended entries were Medea Manaz for an essay entitled: ‘Is Acting Madness? A Metatheatrical Reading of Euripides’ Bacchae’ and Mark Coomber for 'The Importance of Christianity to the Imperial Ideology of the Empire of Trebizond 1204-1448’. 

 

The award ceremony was followed by an illustrated lecture given by Dr Anastasia Bakogianni, Lecturer in Classical Studies at Massey University, New Zealand. 

Thursday 13 June 2019, 7pm 

Runciman Award Ceremony 2019

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

The Runciman Award Ceremony 2019 took place in the Great Hall of the Hellenic Centre at 7pm on Thursday 13 June. 

 

The £9,000 award, sponsored by Elias Paraskevas Attorneys1933, was shared between: 

 

Time and its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire

Paul J Kosmin

Belknap Press of Harvard

 

The Transformation of Athens

Robin Osborne

Princeton University Press

 

Also on the short list were the following four books which the judges commended highly: 

 

The Gardens of Corfu

Rachel Weaving with Marianne Majerus

Impress

 

The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past

Andras Németh

CUP

 

The Best of the Grammarians

Francesca Schironi

University of Michigan Press

 

Hesiod, Works and Days

A E Stallings (trans.)

Penguin Classics

 

For further information visit our websiteruncimanaward.org.

Thursday 13 June 2019, 5pm 

Annual General Meeting of the League

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

The Annual General Meeting for the year ending 31 December 2018 took place at the Hellenic Centre at the above date and time. The AGM approved the minutes of its meeting in 2018; noted the Chair's report; noted the Trustees' Report and Financial Statements for 2018; and elected members of the Council for 2019-2020.

Tuesday 2 April 2019, 7 pm

Sofka Zinovieff

‘Three Anglo-Greek families: three books’

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

Sofka Zinovieff spoke to the League about the Anglo-Greek lives of the families described in three of her books: two fictional, Putney (2018) and The House on Paradise Street (2012), and one autobiographical, Eurydice Street:  A Place in Athens (2004).

 

The event raised £525 for the Greek disability charity, ELEPAP.

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 7pm 

Prof. Michael Scott (University of Warwick)

‘We are going where?’ TV and Classics, now and in the future 

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

Prof Michael Scott gave an illustrated talk, to the League and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, about the making of his latest BBC2 TV series, Ancient Invisible Cities, in which real-life exploration of hard-to-reach ancient locations combine with high resolution laser-scanning and virtual reality to open up spaces and landscapes never before seen on TV. 

Tuesday 27 November 2018, 7pm

Prof. Gonda Van Steen 

Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece: Kid pro quo?

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

 

 

 

Prof. Van Steen gave a presentation that delved into the postwar adoption movement of Greek children dispatched to the United States (1950s-1960s). Her illustrated talk situated this understudied phenomenon against the backdrop of Cold War politics and society.

Thursday 15 November 2018, 7pm

Anastasios P. Leventis, CBE

Climate change, biodiversity and the need for action in today's Hellenic world

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

Tassos Leventis gave a presentation on climate change, its effects on the natural world and on human society. The Mediterranean basin and Middle East are among the areas most at risk and the presentation assessed how Greece and Cyprus are responding to the challenge. The event raised €600 for Elliniki Etairia: Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage

Thursday 25 October 2018, 7pm

John Kittmer

My Thessaloniki - A personal tour of the city and its culture 

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

John Kittmer gave a personal tour of the city of Thessaloniki, its immediate environs and  culture, highlighting places, history and the people of the city.

Monday 18 June 2018, 6pm

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award 2018: A celebration of 100 years from the founding of the Koraes Chair

King's College London: Great Hall King's Building Strand Campus

 

The League was represented at the event to celebrate the centenary of the Koraes Chair. Three members of the League's Council gave addresses: Prof. Roderick Beaton (outgoing holder of the Koraes Chair), Prof. Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith and John Kittmer. The keynote speaker at the event was Ms Lydia Koniordou, Greek Minister of Culture. The Koraes Professor-designate, Gonda Van Steen, gave the vote of thanks.

 

As part of the centenary event, the Chair of the League announced the winner of this year's Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award.  This prize is awarded annually in honour of Katie Lentakis, a former Vice-Chair of the Council, to a final-year undergraduate in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King's College London, for an essay on a topic related to any field of Hellenic Studies. 

 

This year, three students were short-listed for the award: 

  • Felicity Beech, for an essay entitled “Euripides’ ‘New Helen’ and Homer”, supervised by Professor Ismene Lada-Richards
  • Nicolaus Christenson, for an essay called “Spartan Educational Ideals in the Prussian Cadet Corps of the 19th Century”, supervised by Dr Dan Orrells and 
  • Harry Tanner, for an essay entitled “The Meaning of  τάλας: A Scientific Approach”, supervised by Dr Akrivi Taousiani.

The winner for 2018 is Harry Tanner. The League congratulates him for his excellent essay.  A copy of the introductory remarks contributed by the Chair of the League is attached.

 

For an account (in Greek) of the event in the newspaper Καθημερινή, click here. To see the full video of the centenary event, click here

Koraes Centenary event - address.pdf
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Thursday 14 June 2018, 6pm

 

Runciman Award 2018

 

The Hellenic Centre, 16–18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

The winners of the Runciman Award 2018 were announced at a ceremony, in the presence of our President and Chief Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent, on Thursday 14 June 2018.

 

Congratulations to Matthew Simonton, author of Classical Greek Oligarchy: A Political History, and Colm Toibin, author of House of Names.

 

 

Guest speaker: Neil MacGregor, OM

Sponsored by Elias Paraskevas Attorneys

 

Information about the award (including list of books submitted, short-list and interviews with short-llisted authors) can be found at www.runcimanaward.org

Awarding the winners (from L - R): HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Chief Patron and President of the League; Dimitris Paraskevas, Sponsor of the Runciman Award; Mary Mount, publisher of Colm Toibin (joint winner); Prof. Matthew Simonton (joint winner)

The winning books 

Thursday 14 June 2018, 4.30pm

 

Annual General Meeting

 

The Hellenic Centre, 16–18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

The Annual General Meeting for the year ending 31 December 2017 was held on Thursday 14 June 2018 at 4.30 pm, with John Kittmer in the chair. 

Thursday 31 May 2018, 5.45 pm 

 

Private visit to "Rodin and the art of ancient Greece"  

 

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

 

Under the guidance of distinguished art historian and archaeologist Ian Jenkins, a private visit by members of the League took place of "Rodin and the art of ancient Greece". 

Tuesday 17 April 2018, 7pm.

 

'The Macedonian Front 1915-1918: Soldiers, Nurses and Politicians at the forgotten front'

 

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

 

The League, together with the Macedonian Society of Great Britain, presented a round table with illustrations on Macedonia in the First World War. 

 

Speakers were:

 

Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith, Visiting Professor, King’s College London

Professor Vasilis Gounaris, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Alan Wakefield, Imperial War Museum

Professor Christine Hallett, The University of Manchester

Dr Anthony Hirst

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 8.45 a.m. 

Private visit to "Charmed lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor"

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

The private visit to the exhibition was guided by two of its Curators, Evita Arapoglou and Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith. 

Monday 27 November 2017, 7pm

Post-crisis Greek Foreign Policy: Challenges and Prospects

Round-table discussion 

 The Hellenic Centre, 16–18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS 

 

Participants were:

Sir David Madden (chair)

Prof. Spyros Economides

Dr Emmanuel Karagiannis

Prof. James Ker-Lindsay

Monday 9 October 2017, 7pm  

Prof. Roderick Beaton

"Nikos Kazantzakis: a retrospect, 60 years from his death"                      

The Hellenic Centre, 16–18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS 

Thu 15 June 2017, 7.00pm

Runciman Award 2017

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington St., Marylebone, London W1

 

Directly following the League's Annual General Meeting, the ceremony for the Runciman Award 2017 took place. The Prize is sponsored by Elias Paraskevas Attorneys.

 

The Prize was awarded jointly to Professor Ivan Drpić and Professor Marc Domingo Gygax.

Epigram, Art, and Devotion in Later Byzantium by Professor Ivan Drpić (CUP)

This is a gripping book with wonderful illustrations that evoke the richness and complexity of the texts and objects explored in it.

Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos, Chairman of the Judges

Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism by Professor Marc Domingo Gygax (CUP )

 This is an entirely new way of looking at the system of the gift in ancient Greece. Focusing on benefaction of various kinds and the reciprocity it sparked the author explores the origins of the system in archaic Greece and illuminates the tensions with which it was fraught.

Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos, Chairman of the Judges

Fri 31 March 2017, 7pm

John Kittmer

Former British Ambassador to Greece (2013-2016)

Reflection on four years in Greece: Optimism amid crisis?

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington St., Marylebone, London W1

 

Tue 11 October 2016

All that glitters is gold: The Grave of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington St., Marylebone, London W1

 

This fund-raising lecture by the husband-and-wife team of Jack Davis and Sharon
Stocker presented for the first time in London an account of the major archaeological discovery in Greece last year, next to the Mycenaean Palace of Nestor at Pylos in the Peloponnese: the unrobbed, and unexpected, grave of a 15th century BC Mycenaean warrior-prince, buried with his weapons and in his finery with a wealth of sealstones and jewellery. The Grave of the Griffin Warrior is a spectacular find that matches contemporary graves such as those Heinrich Schliemann dug at Mycenae, while helping to explain the Cretan connections with the southwest Peloponnese and the rise of the site that later hosted the Mycenaean palace.


Sharon Stocker and Jack Davis have worked principally on Kea, in the Argolid and
Albania, and at Pylos, where the University of Cincinnati has excavated since 1939.
Dr Stocker is a Senior Research Associate at Cincinnati, and Professor Davis the Carl
W. Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology and Head of the Classics Department at Cincinnati; he has also been Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


The Anglo-Hellenic League was honoured to present this lecture, sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

 

More information on the topic at www.griffinwarrior.org

Sat 10 September 2016
The 2016 Albania – Corfu Swim

 

The Anglo-Hellenic League Council, in its effort to contribute to other good causes, agreed to support the organisers of the 2016 Swim from Albania to Agios Stephanos, Corfu. All funds raised were given to The Smile of the Child Home, which is situated in the north of Corfu where 22 children are currently housed and educated. The Smile of the Child also distributes clothes, food and medicines to needy families throughout the island as well as continuing to support the children when they go on to further education.

Wed 15 June 2016
Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award 2016
Council Room, King’s College London, Strand WC2

 

The Centre for Hellenic Studies is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s award is:

Vanessa Szymanska (Classics), for a dissertaton entitled

What significance did the cult of Artemis at Brauron bear upon the lives  of young girls and their families in Classical Attica? An exploration of key scholarly debates  and a reconcilation of literary and material sources’,

supervised by Professor Hugh Bowden.

Tue 14 June 2016

Runciman Award 2016

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1

 

This year’s winner of the Runciman Award for books published in 2015 was Sharon E J Gerstel's, Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium (CUP).

 

The Award was announced at a ceremony by the Chairman of the panel of judges Prof. Tom Harrison. See www.runcimanaward.org for further details.

Wed 9 March 2016

Visit to the Travellers Club, London SW1
A joint event of th Anglo-Hellenic League and the Friends of British School at Athens
 
On 9 March 2016 members of the Anglo-Hellenic League held a joint gathering with the Friends of the British School at Athens in the Library of the Travellers Club. The purpose of the occasion was to view some of this Library’s rare and fascinating books relating to the earliest expeditions made by British travellers to the historic sites of ancient Greece, and to see the replica of the frieze from the temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae. The temple was 'discovered' by a group of travellers including Charles Cockerell, one of the founding members of the Travellers Club. Its original frieze, brought back by this group, is now in the British Museum, and the replica in the Travellers Club Library is one of only two ever made. Nearly 40 members of the two organizations attended. The Librarian of the Travellers Club, Sheila Markham, and Ian Jenkins of the British Museum greatly added to the interest of the occasion with deeply learned and fascinating talks about what we were seeing. From comments received after the event it appears that all present found it a richly rewarding experience.

Wed 24 February 2016

'For the Greece We Love'
A special event to support Elliniki Etairia
(Greek Society for the Environment & Cultural Heritage www.ellet.gr)


On 24 February 2016 the Anglo-Hellenic League hosted a special event to support Elliniki Etairia, the Greek Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage, at the Hellenic Centre in London. An audience of 140 attended the evening, which was  generously sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation, and supported by the Centre.  Costa and Lydia Carras, the founders of Elliniki Etairia, spoke powerfully about the struggles and achievements of the Society over the last 40 years throughout Greece, with a stirring account of the campaigns it has fought against governments and developers, with many notable successes.


They showed the broad range of work Elliniki Etairia undertakes, to protect the built environment — buildings of national or local significance, or whole areas of a city like the Plaka in Athens — and areas of the natural environment, whether significant for their natural history or (as with protection of the coast and restoration of long-distance footpaths) for people and recreation. We heard how the Society wins supporters inside Greece and beyond, working with the Europe-wide organisation Europa Nostra.


An estimated total, including Gift Aid, of £7300 was raised to support the work of Elliniki Etairia.

Thu 18 June 2015

Runciman Award 2015

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1

This year’s winner of the Runciman Award for books published in 2014 was Armand M. Leroi’s The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science (Bloomsbury Publishing)


The Award was announced at a ceremony by the Chairman of the panel of judges 
Dr Chris Burnand.

Tue 16 June 2015

Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award 2015

Council Room, King’s College London, Strand WC2

Winner of the prize:

Miss Rebecca McNamara (Department of Classics), for her dissertation entitled
‘The Ambiguous Home of Life and Death: the symbolic uses of the skene and the female in Aeschylus' Agamemnon’,

supervised by Dr Emmanuela Bakola.

Tue 25 November 2014
The 'Anglo-Hellenic Review' 50th Issue Celebration/Farewell Dinner

Vasis Taverna, 56 Maple Street, London W1

 

A celebratory supper to celebrate the final issue, and to express the League’s appreciation of the generous contribution of the Review’s editorial staff, writers and sponsors.

 Thu 19 June 2014
Runciman Award 2014

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1


This year’s winner of the Runciman Award for books published in 2013 was Roderick Beaton’s Byron’s War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution (Cambridge University Press)


The Award was announced at a ceremony by the Chairman of the panel of judges Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou. 

Tue 10 June 2014
Katie Lentakis Memorial Fund Award 2014

Council Room, King’s College London, Strand WC2

Winner of the prize:

Miss Melissa J Gardner (Department of Classics) for her dissertation entitled
'A Comparison of the Representation of Divinity in the Homeric Epics and the Epic of Gilgamesh', supervised by Professor Giambattista d’Alessio.

Tue 27 May 2014

'Crete on the Eve of Enosis', Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith KCVO

Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1


A joint Anglo-Hellenic League and Friends of the British School at Athens lecture 
chaired by Mr Gerald Cadogan.

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