Saturday, February 15, 2014

A talk on Lord Byron organised by the Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain

The Peloponnesian Association is organising its annual talk on the occasion of the celebration of the the 25th March Anniversary with a talk by Professor Roderick Beaton on a very interesting topic. The talk, entitled “What Byron really did for Greece and why it still matters”, will be given in English on Tuesday 25 March 2014 at 19.00 at the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London. The talk will be followed by a reception.
Lord Byron’s death on 19 April 1824, in Greece, and for Greece, created a legend that is still with us. This talk traces the real story behind Byron’s mission to help the Greeks in their revolution against Ottoman Turkish rule and shows its effects are still with us. 


Professor Roderick Beaton is Koraes professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature at King’s College London, a post he has held since 1988. He is currently the Director of the Centre of Hellenic Studies.
He has written widely on Greek literature and culture from the twelfth century to the present. His books include An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature, also published in Greek Εισαγωγή στη νεότερη ελληνική λογοτεχνία, the award-winning biography George Seferis: Waiting for the Angel, and the novel Ariadne’s Children, both also translated into Greek. He has published translations from Modern Greek verse and fiction, including works by Embirikos, Seferis, Solomos, and the novel Fool’s Gold by Maro Douka. His edition and translation of A Levant Journal by George Seferis was awarded the Hellenic Foundation for Culture Prize for Translation in 2008. His most recent books are Ο Καζαντζάκης μοντερνιστής και μεταμοντέρνος and (co-edited with David Ricks) The Making of Modern Greece: Romanticism, Nationalism and the Uses of the Past.
From October 2009 to September 2012 he was appointed to a Major Leverhulme Fellowship, and during autumn 2010 to the Visiting Fellowship of the British School at Athens. During this period he carried out research for his book, Byron’s War: Romantic Rebellion, Greek Revolution, published in 2013.

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