The Master-Mind Lecture was delivered at the British Academy on 13 April 2000, by M.F. Burnyeat FBA. In this extract, he illustrates Plato’s power to speak across the millennia.
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Published in Review, January-July 2000.
The medieval stained glass of York Minster constitutes the largest single collection in England. The wide range of iconographical content and artistic excellence gives it outstanding importance in the study of the medieval world. The next stage in Tom French’s majestic treatment of York Minster’s glass, covering the vast and brilliantly coloured St William Window, was published at the beginning of 2000. One panel of this window is recorded in this entry and illustration from the new catalogue.
A persistent theme in the writings of Elie Kedourie was his mistrust of large, seemingly attractive concepts or ideas, ideas which were lightly advanced and quietly incorporated into political or historical folklore without being subject to the close and critical scrutiny which he rightly believed to be an obligation of stateman and historian alike. One such
concept is that of the ‘Great Game’. In an edited extract from his Elie Kedourie Memorial Lecture delivered on 16 May 2000, Professor M.E. Yapp examines some aspects of this famous phrase.
Between 1993 and 1998, on behalf of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Dr David W Phillipson directed a five-year programme of field study at Aksum, the ancient Ethiopian capital. In an edited extract from his Albert Reckitt Archaeological Lecture, delivered at the Academy on 22 February 2000, he describes some aspects of one of the most remarkable civilisations of the ancient world.