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Interview with Roderick Beaton

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Prof. Roderick Beaton with the former President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos; pic credits Alexandros Vlachos

Interview with Roderick Beaton*

Gonda Van Steen, Koraes Chair, on behalf of King’s Centre for Hellenic Studies, advises us on the Interview with Prof. Roderick Beaton in To Vima

Prof. Roderick Beaton (Emeritus Koraes Professor) talks to To Vima about his new ‘biography’ of Greece, and his enduring search for the identity of Hellenism. Read the interview here. 
*On 9 September 2019 Emeritus Koraes Professor Roderick Beaton received a very special distinction from the Greek state: in an award ceremony held at the presidential mansion, Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos, former President of the Hellenic Republic, bestowed on him the Medal of the Commander of the Order of Honour (Παράσημο του Ταξιάρχη του Τάγματος της Τιμής). This honour could not be more well-deserved, after Professor Beaton’s decades-long dedication to scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and service. It brings special distinction to the Koraes Chair as well. The former President singled out Professor Beaton’s exceptional contributions to the study of the formation of Greek national consciousness and of Byzantium’s role in the creation of the characteristic legacies of the Renaissance. He also praised Professor Beaton’s pioneering biography of the poet George Seferis and his seminal book on Byron and the Greek Revolutionary War, which, along with his latest book, Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation, will help shape the many ways in which Greece and the Greek diaspora will be celebrating the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution in 2021.
Moreover, a reminder: Online Seminar with Johanna Hanink

‘Towards an English Translation of Andreas Karkavitsas’ The Archaeologist (1904)’
Monday 1st June, 15:30-17:00 BST

Prof. Johanna Hanink (Brown University) is working on a translation of Andreas Karkavitsas’ 1904 novella The Archaeologist, to be published in 2021 with Penguin Classics. The novella, written in the same year that Alexandros Papadiamandis’ The Murderess was published (1903), is an allegory for the tensions, neuroses, and challenges of the still-young Greek nation state. Join us for this talk and Q&A with the translator.

Register for this online event here. Due to high demand, there are limited places remaining.

For more lockdown-friendly content, follow CHS on Twitter, where we’ll be sharing the best online sources of Hellenic culture every Friday – from film screenings to virtual museum tours and more.


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