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The Hellenic Institute

The Hellenic Institute

The Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), is a research centre for the interdisciplinary and diachronic study of Hellenism. Based in the School of Humanities, Department of History, it maintains close links with the Department of Classics and cooperates with other RHUL Departments and Centres. The Institute has a long history of working with other institutions in the University of London and with The Hellenic Centre, the main cultural hub of the Greek and Cypriot communities in London.

It promotes the study of Greek language, literature, history and thought from the archaic and classical age, through the Hellenistic and Roman times, Byzantium and the Post-Byzantine period, to the establishment of the Modern Greek State and the modern world. The Hellenic Institute hosts a number of research projects and organises seminars, lectures and conferences addressed to students, scholars and to a wider public.

The Hellenic Institute currently runs two taught postgraduate degree courses: MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies and MA History: Hellenic Studies. It also offers supervision to students who pursue MPhil/PhD research in various subjects within the field of Hellenic, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. Staff of the Institute also contribute to undergraduate courses on Byzantine and Modern Greek history and language at RHUL.

The Hellenic Institute currently receives funding from Royal Holloway, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth of the Republic of Cyprus, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the Hellenic Foundation (London), the Bodossaki Foundation (Athens), the Samourkas Foundation (New York), the Orthodox Cultural Association (Athens), The Friends of the Hellenic Institute, and private donors.

Under the directorship of the late Julian Chrysostomides, the Hellenic Institute expanded its academic and research activities. To honour her memory, the Friends of the Hellenic Institute established The Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries Fund. She will be remembered as a true scholar and an affectionate and inspiring teacher.

Donations to the Hellenic Institute can be made online at:  and by cheque payable to "RHBNC Hellenic Institute" and posted to The Hellenic Institute, School of Humanities, History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, United Kingdom.

Dr Charalambos Dendrinos

Director of the Hellenic Institute


T: +44 (0)1784 443791

Steering Group

Associated Staff

  • Professor Richard Alston, BA, PhD: Roman history, especially Roman Egypt; urbanism in the ancient world; Roman arm
  • Professor Kate Cooper, BA, MTS, PhD: The Mediterranean world in the Roman period, particularly daily life and the family, religion and gender, social identity; early Christianity, Christian saints and martyrs
  • Professor Veronica Della Dora, BA, PhD: Cultural and historical geography; landscape studies; history of cartography; Byzantine and post-Byzantine sacred geographies
  • Charalambos Dendrinos, MA, PhD (Senior Lecturer): Byzantine literature and Greek palaeography; editing and transmission of Byzantine texts
  • Professor Mike Edwards, BA, PhD (Honorary Research Fellow): Classical oratory and rhetoric; Greek palaeography and textual criticism.
  • Professor Manolis Galenianos, MA, PhD: Contemporary Greek economy; the Greek financial crisis.
  • Liz Gloyn MA, PhD (Lecturer): Reception of classical Greece in popular culture, with a particular interest in film and children's literature.
  • David Gwynn, MA, DPhil (Reader): Late Antique history and theology
  • Professor Jonathan Harris, MA, PhD: Byzantine history, 1000-1453; Byzantium and the West, especially during the Crusades and the Italian Renaissance
  • Richard Hawley, MA, DPhil (Senior Lecturer): Greek literature, especially drama; Greek social history; women in classical antiquity; later Greek literature
  • Christopher Hobbs, MA, PhD (Teaching Fellow in Byzantine and Medieval History): Byzantine History and Historiography, Byzantium and the West
  • Professor Andrew Jotischky, MPhil, PhD (History): Byzantium and the West, Byzantium and the Latin East; Eastern and Western Monasticism
  • Lakis Kaounides, BSc, BComm, MA, FRSA (Senior Teaching Fellow): Political and Socio-economic impact of Climate change in contemporary Greece and Cyprus; Science, Technology and Industrial Strategies for socio-economic development of Greece and Cyprus
  • Christos Kremmydas, MA, PhD (Lecturer): Greek rhetoric and oratory (especially Demosthenes); Athenian political and social history (especially law); Greek papyrology
  • Nick Lowe, MA, PhD (Reader): Greek and Latin literature, especially comedy; Greek religion
  • David Natal Villazala MA, PhD (Lecturer), Head of the ERC-project 'Connected Clerics', Christianity in Late Antiquity
  • Professor Jari Pakkanen, BA, PhD: Greek archaeology and Architecture; the methodology of architectural reconstructions
  • Paris Papamichos Chronakis, MA. PhD (Lecturer), Modern Greek History, Greek Jewry, Interrelations among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Balkans, Greek cities, Greek Diaspora 
  • Professor Boris Rankov, MA, DPhil: Greek triereme project; Roman history; archaeology of the Roman Empire
  • Professor Francis Robinson, MA, PhD: Greek influence on Islamic thought
  • Professor Lene Rubinstein, MA, PhD: Athenian social history; Athenian oratory and law; papyrology; Roman Egypt
  • John Sellars, MA, PhD: Hellenistic philosophy, the Stoic tradition.
  • Professor Emerita Anne Sheppard, MA, DPhil: Greek philosophy, especially Neoplatonism; ancient literary criticism
  • Efi Spentzou, MA, DPhil: Reception of the classical tradition, especially in modern Greece; classics and modern critical thought
  • Polymnia Tsagouria, MA, PhD (Tutor seconded by Greek Ministry of Education): Modern Greek language, literature and culture
  • Barbara Zipser, PhD (Lecturer): Byzantine manuscripts; Greek medicine; history of texts

Research Associates

  • Samuel Barnish, MA, DPhil (former Lecturer): Early Christianity; transformation of the Roman world; Italy in the fifth and sixth centuries AD; Cassiodorus
  • Toby Bromige, MA, PhD (Lecturer): Byzantium and Armenia, Byzantium and the Crusades
  • Lia Chisacof, PhD (Honorary Research Associate): Post-Byzantine studies; Greek palaeography; modern Greek language and literature; Greek authors in the Romanian principalities (18th-20th c.)
  • John Demetracopoulos, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Byzantine philosophy and theology, editor-in-chief of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Laura Franco, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Byzantine literature and hagiography, editions of Byzantine texts, Greek palaeography
  • Achilleas Hadjikyriacou, MA, MRes, PhD (Research Associate): Greek and Cypriot Diaspora; Greek Cinema and Gender.
  • Michael Heslop, MA (Honorary Research Associate, Honorary Fellow): The defence system of Rhodes and the Dodecanese in the medieval period
  • James M. Holt, MA (Research Associate): Greek paleography; editing of Greek texts
  • Professor Emeritus Peregrine Horden, MA (Research Associate): Byzantine medicine; the Mediterranean world
  • Kostas Kalimtzis, PhD (Honorary Research Associate): Greek philosophical and political thought
  • John Karabelas, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Post-Byzantine and modern Greek historiography
  • Michail Konstantinou-Rizos, MA, PhD (Research Associate): editions of Byzantine texts; Greek and Latin palaeography; member of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Hieromonk Chrysostomos Koutloumousianos (Stavrides), PhD (Research Associate): Orthodox theology and ecclesiology; Orthodox and Irish spirituality
  • Chrysovalantis Kyriacou, MA, PhD (Research Associate), Late Antique, Byzantine and Medieval history and culture; History and culture of Cyprus; Orthodox theology and spirituality.
  • Georgios Liakopoulos, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Ottoman Epigraphy and Palaeography, Historical Geography, the Greek world in the Ottoman Empire.
  • Anthony Luttrell, MA, DPhil (Honorary Research Associate): the Knights Hospitaller on Rhodes and Malta; the Greek population of Rhodes in the Medieval Period
  • Brian McLaughlin, MA, MSc, PhD (Research Associate): Byzantine history, 1204-1453; Byzantine historiography and literature
  • Nikolaos Moschonas, MA, PhD (Professor Emeritus, Honorary Research Fellow): Greek and Latin palaeography; Byzantine relations with Western Europe.
  • Fevronia Nousia, MA, PhD (Research Associate): Byzantine literature and education; editions of Byzantine texts; Greek palaeography
  • Robin Oakley, MA, DPhil (Honorary Research Fellow): History of Cypriot Diaspora in Britain
  • Konstantinos Palaiologos, MA, PhD (Research Associate): editions of Byzantine texts; Orthodox theology; Greek palaeography; member of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Vasos Pasiourtides, MA, PhD (Research Associate): editions of Byzantine texts; Orthodox theology; Greek palaeography; member of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Nil Palabiyik-Pektas, MA, PhD (Honorary Research Associate): history of the Greek book in the post-Byzantine and early modern period; Greek communities in the Ottoman Empire
  • Richard Price, MTh, DPhil (Honorary Research Fellow): history of Christianity; Ecumenical Councils; relations between Greek East and Latin West
  • Philip Taylor (Honorary Research Associate): Porphyrogenitus Project, TeX editing; electronic editions of Byzantine texts
  • George Vassiadis, MA, PhD: Modern Greek History; Anglo-Hellenic Relations; Greek Diaspora
  • Christopher Wright, MA, PhD (Honorary Research Associate): Greek and Latin palaeography; editing of Greek texts; history of Byzantium and the Latin East; member of "Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus Project"
  • Nada Zecevic, MA, PhD (Research Associate): History of Greek Diaspora in the Post-Byzantine and Early-Modern Europe (15th-18th c.); Classical Reception in the Balkans (15th-18th c.)

Visiting scholars

  • Tristan Burt (University of Sydney): Transmission of Platonic Texts
  • Annaclara Cataldi Palau, MA, PhD (Visiting Professor): Greek palaeography
  • Professor Emeritus Richard Clogg, MA, DPhil (Visiting Professor): Modern Greek history
  • Professor Emeritus Costas N. Constantinides, MA, PhD (University of Ioannina): Byzantine education, history and literature; Greek palaeography
  • Andreas Meitanis, MA, PhD (Zurich International School): Byzantine literature and society; Greek palaeography


The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London

Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi by Eugene Delacroix

This year we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence with the 21 in 21: Celebrating 1821 in 21 Encounters, supported by the A. G. Leventis Foundation with the collaboration of the National Bank of Greece and Initiative 1821-2021. We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends at our forthcoming events and activities, posted below. For a guide to travel to the College, please click here.

5 February-26 March 2021: The University of London Postgraduate Working Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts

The Seminar meetings take place online on Fridays 15:00-17:00 (GMT).

The Seminar is preparing a new annotated edition and translation of the Letters of George of Cyprus (later Ecumenical Patriarch Gregory II, 1283-1289). Scholars and graduate students from University of London Colleges, other Colleges and Universities, and visiting students and academics, are most welcome to attend.

To join our meetings please use the following link at Zoom:

Meeting ID: 919 8016 7322     Passcode: 7jqDD2

For further information please contact Dr Charalambos Dendrinos.

Gonda Van Steen - Wikipedia

11 March 2021: “The Greek Revolution of 1821 and its Multiple Legacies” by Professor Gonda Van Steen

Nineteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture

Part of 21 in 21 programme of events celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence (1821-2021)

The Lecture took place online via Zoom at 6pm (GMT)

Since the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, the Greek people have celebrated three major anniversaries: the 50th, 100th, and 150th anniversary date of the inception of this revolutionary war that led to sovereign statehood after nearly four centuries of Ottoman rule. These three jubilees, each with their own legacies, have come to represent three different ways of celebrating Greek statehood that have, nonetheless, much in common. They posited a linear progression from Greek antiquity through postclassical, Byzantine, and post-Byzantine (Ottoman) times. The lecture explored in what ways the celebrations and re-enactments, with their commemorative events and symbolic images, acquired a prescriptive character, which advanced their aim to educate youth in state-promoted nationalism, and to what extent the present 200th anniversary celebrations differ from the three aforementioned ones.

Professor Gonda Van Steen holds the Koraës Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, Director of Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London.

Hosted by Professor Ken Badcock, Senior Vice-Principal (Academic Strategy, Partnerships and Resources) and Chairman of the Hellenic Institute Steering Group at Royal Holloway, University of London, the Lecture was attended by 100 guests.

To see and listen to the Lecture please press here.

For further information please contact Dr Achilleas Hadjikyriacou.

The Virgin Mary, Mother of God | Byzantine icons, Orthodox ...

19, 26 March and 2, 9 April 2021: Greek Orthodox Salutations to the Mother of God

Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom, Bayswater, London W2 4LQ

Greek Orthodox Services dedicated to the Salutations to the Mother of God officiated by His Eminence the Archbishop Niketas of Thyateira and Great Britain. To attend the services online please press here.

Two books detailing Sephardi Holocaust histories

14 April 2021: “Virtual Book Talk: Sephardi Holocaust Histories: Families Adrift”

Part of the Family Histories of the Holocaust events series, The Wiener Holocaust Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP

The event took place online at 7-8pm (GMT).

Panel discussion led by Dr Paris Chronakis exploring Sephardi family microhistories of the Holocaust including Thessalonian Jewry. Professor Sarah Abrevaya Stein will discuss her book Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey through the Twentieth Century (2020), based on the copious Levy family papers, which helped chronicle Sephardi Jewish life across and beyond the Ottoman Empire; and François Matarasso Matarasso will discuss his father’s and grandfather’s memoirs, published in Talking Until Nightfall: Remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941-44 (2020). Hosted by The Wiener Holocaust Library in partnership with the Hellenic Institute, Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies and Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London, the event was attended by over sixty guests.

To see and listen to the discussion please press here.

For further information please press this link or contact: Dr Paris Papamichos Chronakis

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22 April 2021: “The Greek Revolution through the Eyes of 'Others'”

Part of 21 in 21 programme of events celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence (1821-2021)

The event will take place online via MS Teams at 6.00-7.30pm (GMT)

Panel discussion focusing on perceptions of the Greek War of Independence across Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean during and after the event, including attitudes of early nineteenth-century Albanian warlords, interwar Sephardi Jews, and mid-twentieth century Turkish historians. Speakers include Dr Antonis Hadjikiriakou (Panteion University, Athens), Dr Sukru Ilicak (Research Centre for the Humanities, Athens), and Dr Paris Chronakis (Royal Holloway, University of London). Respondent: Dr Konstantina Zanou (Columbia University, NYC).  The event was attended by over 80 guests. For further information on the talks and the speakers please visit 21 in 21.

For further information please contact Dr Paris Papamichos Chronakis


1-2 June 2021: Sacred Mobilities in Byzantium and Beyond: People, Objects and Relics

2021 Institute of Classical Studies Byzantine Virtual Colloquium

The Colloquium took place via Zoom

All religious belief implicates space; all religious practice makes geography. In the broad sense, the term ‘sacred’ indicates something ‘different’, ‘set apart’, ‘other’, as well as something invested with special meaning. Yet, where do the boundaries of the sacred lie? Is sacred space an ontological given, or is it a social construction? Is it a portion of territory or the product of a set of embodied practices? Is it permanent or ephemeral?

Over the past two decades, the construction, experience and use of sacred space have generated increasing scholarly interest in the humanities, including Byzantine studies—from Alexei Lidov’s pioneering studies in hierotopy (2006) to more recent interdisciplinary initiatives (e.g., Mapping the Sacred in Byzantium at Newcastle University). Far from being understood as a fixed given entity, in these recent studies sacred space has intersected with issues of embodiment and performance, with environmental perceptions, attitudes and practice, with social mobility and identity, with the relations of private and public space, and with geopolitics and territorial imaginations. At the same time, the so-called ‘Mobility Turn’ (Sheller and Urry 2006) has extended from the domain of the social sciences to the humanities, prompting among historians, archaeologists and art historians new questions, approaches and understandings of issues of transport, movement and circulation of people, objects and ideas. Our Colloquium aims at setting these two strands—sacred space and mobility—in conversation with each other, in order to gain further insight into Byzantine and post-Byzantine spiritual culture.

In addition to conventional sacred spaces such as churches, shrines and religiously significant topographical features (such as holy mountains or caves, for example), holy people, sacred objects and relics were frequently used to create or sanctify other public or private profane spaces in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine world, and remain key to Orthodox worship. The mobility of certain sacra linked sacred sites with potentially new sacred destinations; it created new trajectories; it helped articulate and sustain the extra-ordinary within the ordinary. Sacred mobilities thus upset the dichotomy of the sacred and the profane as mutually exclusive. Examples of such mobilities include, but are not limited to travelling icons, processions, pilgrimages, the translation of relics, the reproduction of holy images and architecture. 

Eleven speakers from Britain, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Russia and the USA reflected on different types of sacred mobilities, including the use of sanctifying materialities, the duration of the transformation of sacred space, and the creation of ‘infrasecular geographies’ in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine world.

Co-organised by the Institute of Classical Studies, The Hellenic Institute and the Centre for the Geohumanities at Royal Holloway the Colloquium was attended by over seventy-five guests. To download the programme with abstracts of papers please use the following link: For further information please contact Dr Mark Guscin and Revd David-John Williams


31 July-1 August 2021: “Tasting the Lotus”

International Conference on the Reception of and Reaction to the Transmission of Latin Works in Byzantium

The Conference will take place via Zoom

An International Virtual Conference on the theological and philosophical dialogue between the Greek East and the Latin West was held online on 31 July and 1 August 2021. Fourteen scholars from Austria, Britain, Greece, Italy, France, Portugal, the Russian Federation and the United States of America explored the reception of and reaction to the transmission of Latin authors in Byzantium. Focusing on the reception of Thomas  Aquinas’ works, they presented and discussed findings of their research including work on critical editions of translations of, and commentaries on Thomisitic works by Byzantine scholars and theologians as part of the ongoing research project Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus.

Co-organised by The Hellenic Institute, the University of Patras and Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the conference was attended by 36 students and scholars. For the programme of the conference with abstracts of the papers please visit

For further information please contact Revd Dr Christiaan Kappes

18 October 2021: "Music for Tempestuous times" by Panayiotis Gogos

A piano recital to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence and in memory of Julian Chrysostomides

Royal Holloway, University of London, Picture Gallery, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX at 7pm

The concert opened with Beethoven’s tragically powerful 1802 masterpiece “The Tempest”  sonata in D minor. The first movement alternates brief moments of seeming peacefulness with extensive passages of turmoil, expanding into a haunting “storm. This was followed by a selection of works by Chopin, starting with the stirring Polonaise in A, nicknamed the “Military”, continuing with several of his Préludes and his Bolero, and closing with his Waltz in A flat.

Organised jointly by The Hellenic Institute, the Department of Music, Royal Holloway Marketing & Communication, and the Friends of The Hellenic Institute.

Donations towards the Julian Chrysostomides Bursaries Fund in support of students pursuing Hellenic and Byzantine Studies at RHUL can be made online.