The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens invites you to the inaugural Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series on the Impact of Greek Culture. Dr. Peter Frankopan will present the first of his three-part series of lectures, "Global Greece: A History," on Thursday, October 7, 2021, in Cotsen Hall at the American School's campus in Athens.
Subsequent lectures will be presented in the United States in 2022. All lectures will also be livestreamed on the School's website.
Lecture One: "Greece: Beginnings", Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7 p.m. EEST/12 p.m. EDT, Cotsen Hall, Athens
Lecture Two: "Greece: Legacies", Wednesday, March 16, 2022, Time to be announced, Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
Lecture Three: "Greece: Futures", Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Time to be announced, St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City
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About Peter Frankopan
Dr. Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Stavros Niarchos Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. Dr. Frankopan is a world-renowned historian and an award-winning author who will present "Global Greece: A History" for the inaugural Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series. His lectures will examine the role that Greece, Greek culture, literature, and language have played over the course of more than two and a half millennia. Rather than exploring the familiar and limited Mediterranean context, they are looked at from a global perspective, allowing not only a better understanding of world history but of Greece itself.
Dr. Frankopan's academic interests include the history of the Byzantine Empire, Eastern Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Central Asia, and China. His book The First Crusade: The Call from the East looks at the Crusades not from the perspective of the Latin West but of Constantinople and Byzantium. It was described as making "the most significant contribution to rethinking the origins and course of the First Crusade for a generation" (TLS). This followed on from Dr. Frankopan's translation of The Alexiad (Penguin Classics, 2009) by Anna Komnene, perhaps the most famous of all Byzantine histories.
His best-selling book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was described as "magnificent" (Sunday Times) and "not just the most important history book in years, but the most important in decades" (Berliner Zeitung).
Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series
Established in June 2020, the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lectures Series seeks to create a stimulating environment to draw both the academic community and the general public to the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Every year, a highly distinguished, internationally renowned scholar is selected to conduct research and develop programs on a topic relevant to the Gennadius Library. The research will culminate in a minimum of three annual public lectures, which will be delivered in Athens and the United States.
The Thalia Potamianos lectures are being made possible by a generous grant from Phokion Potamianos, an Overseer of the Gennadius Library. Mr. Potamianos named the series in memory of his grandmother, a distinguished Greek doctor, academic, and philanthropist.