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Byzantium Today

Lecture by Professor Dame Averil Cameron FBA, delivered on 19 October 2011 (venue: The British Academy). One of a triptych of lectures organised by the British School at Athens, with support from the British Academy, to celebrate the School’s 125th Anniversary

Byzantium has been difficult to accommodate in the narratives and historiography of Europe, yet in some ways Byzantium has never been more popular in the general imagination and the last few years have seen the publication of a large number of excellent handbooks, surveys and companions to Byzantium. For Greece and for the other countries with an Orthodox tradition, Byzantium has had a particular and at times controversial, place in national consciousness. This lecture will explore how some of these tensions have been and might be resolved.

About the speaker
Professor Dame Averil Cameron FBA was Warden of Keble College, Oxford, from 1994 to 2010, and was previously at King’s College London where she was also the first Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies. She is a specialist in late antiquity and Byzantium and chairs the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. Her most recent books are The Byzantines (2006) and a revised and expanded edition of The Mediterranean in Late Antiquity (2011).

The other lectures in the series:
18 October 2011: Philosophy with a Public Voice: A Forgotten Legacy of Ancient Greece
20 October 2011: The Heritages of the Modern Greeks

The British School at Athens has been enabled to present this series of lectures through the greatly appreciated generosity of a number of sister organizations and individual friends: the Classical Association, the London Hellenic Society, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, Matti and Nicholas Egon, Sir Jeremy Morse, and Lord Waldegrave of North Hill.