The Center for Greek at the University of Florida will be celebrating the 200 year anniversary since the 1821 Greek revolution of independence and the establishment of the Modern Greek state, with a series of online lectures.

Prof. Michael Edwards (Royal Holloway, University of London), a very distinguished scholar in the Attic Orators, will open the spring lectures on Feb. 4. as Constantine and Irene Polopolus lecturer, with a talk on Isaios, the prominent litigator from classical Athens.

Anyone with an interest in the history of law and rhetoric will find this lecture very stimulating.

The Karelisa Hartigan Lecture Series, which was established a few years ago to honor the Co-founder of the Center for Greek Studies Prof. Karelisa Hartigan, will feature three lectures, one on an ancient Greece, one of modern Greece, and one on the reception of Greek drama, especially Euripides, which perfectly reflect Karelisa’s love for everything Greek and her own interests in ancient Greece, modern Greece, reception studies, and theater.

The first lecture will be by Prof. Dr. Werner Riess, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ancient History at the University of Hamburg, and former professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prof. Rieß has been a long-standing friend of the Department of Classics, and we are looking forward to his lecture on Draco, the first lawgiver of Athens.

The second lecture, timed to coincide with the celebrations for March 25, Greek Independence Day, will be by Prof. Dimitris Kokoris, one of the most distinguished scholars in Modern Greek Literature, and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The final lecture of the series will be by Dr. Sergios Paschalis, postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, and will be a celebration of the far-reaching legacy of Hellenism in our times.

The posters contain the zoom links for the online lectures. Please spread the word to interested parties and persons, and we hope to see you in these lectures in the spring.

Konstantinos Kapparis

Director of the Center for Greek Studies

Department of Classics

University of Florida
The dates:
1) “Isaeus in the Forest of Rhetoric and the Cosmos of Law”, Professor Mike EdwardsThursday, February 4, at 12 noon ET
2) “Draco the Conciliator. New Thoughts on Old Problems”, Prof. Werner RiessThursday, February 25, at 12, noon, ET
3) “The 1821 Revolution of Independence in Modern Greek poetry”, Prof. Dimitris KokorisTuesday March 23, at 12, noon, ET
4) “Euripides in Havana: José Triana’s Medea in the Mirror (1960)”, Prof. Sergios PaschalisThursday, April 1, at 5.00 pm, ET