Tuesday 7th May 2019 @ 7.00 pm

Prof. Richard. Clogg
(Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford)

Parallel Histories: Greece 1821, Ireland 1921

Co-hosted with the Embassy of Ireland

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Thursday, 4th April 2019 @ 7.30 pm

Dr Fotis Ifantidis
(Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Biographies of personal adornment in Neolithic Greece

Further information and abstract

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Wednesday, 27th February @ 7.30 pm

Dr Evita Kalogiropoulou
(University of Crete)

“‘Let’s cook!’ Kitchen spaces, people and daily life in the Neolithic of Northern Greece

Further information and abstract

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Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 7.30 pm

Dr K. Kopanias,
G. Barlagianni
& A. Gerochristou

(National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Mortuary Practices in Syria and Mesopotamia during the 6th and 5th Mill. BC

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Thursday October 11, 2018 (Athens)
& Friday October 12, 2018 (Thessaloniki)

Dr Stephen Faust
(University College Cork)

"Art and Power in ruler tombs of Macedonia and the Eastern Mediterranean,
4th-3rd centuries B.C.”

Athens lecture: IIHSA, Notara St @ 7.30 pm

Thessaloniki lecture: Museum of the Ancient Agora of Thessaloniki @ 8 pm.





Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at 7.30 pm

Dr V. Tzevelekidi (Independent Researcher)

Neolithic West Macedonia “to the bone”: looking into variation in animal consumption and deposition through the analysis of faunal remains"



Friday, 23 November 2017 at 7.30pm

Prof Albert Ammerman
(Research Professor, Colgate University (NY)
International Strategic Committee - University of Nice)

Finding the first Submerged Site of Late Palaeolithic Age in the Eastern Mediterranean off the West Coast of Cyprus


A Workshop on Experimental Archaeology
October 14-15, 2017
(poster; full programme; abstracts)

experimental poster

All lectures begin at 7.30 p.m. and
take place at the Irish Institute, Notara 51a, Exarcheia
, Athens 106 83
(unless otherwise stated)

Tuesday April 25th, 2017 at 8 pm

Dr Nikos Melistas
( University of Crete)

"Issues concerning public investment and development programmes during the era of the Greek dictatorship of Colonels”

in assocation with OMIK
Further details& poster
(English) (Greek)
Note that the lecture will be in Greek

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Tuesday April 4th, 2017

Dr. Lelios Lekakis
(McCord Centre, Newcastle University)

"The dark matter of Spinalonga:
Perceptions, interpretations and abuses of a troubled past”

Further details and poster



Tuesday February, 21st 2017

Dr. Nikolas Dimakis
(National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

" Death, burial and commemoration of children in Hellenistic Greece"

Further details and poster


Wednesday October 26th 2016

Dr .Nadia Coutsinas
( CNRS, Paris I — CReA-Patrimoine, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

"Hellenistic and Roman Kouphonisi. A stepping stone between Crete and Africa"

Further details and poster

Tuesday September 20th 2016

Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis
(University of Cambridge)

"Greece and the International Antiquities Market"

Through a variety of case-studies, Dr Tsirogiannis will explore the role of the Greek State in relation to the modern international antiquities trade and the extent to which these cases enable us to broaden our knowledge of criminal activities within this market. The talk will cover repatriations won, opportunities missed and claims ongoing




anniversary talk athens 2016

Upcoming Lecture

Wednesday June 1st 2016

Dr. Vassilis Varouhakis (independent researcher)

"The Minoan scramble for the past:
Colonial, national and indigenous archaeologies of Crete at the turn of the 20th century."

Further details here

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Special event December 4-5, 2015
(Download the full programme here)

living writing


Athens lecture 2015

Special event June 11, 2015
"W.B. YEATS AT 150

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yeats invite

Public discussion series 2015
"Society and the past: Receptions of Antiquity in Modern Greece"
in collaboration with the Museum of Cycladic Art

The panel discussions will take place in the MCA building, Neofytou Douka 4, Athens,
and the lectures at the Irish Institute, Notara 51a, Exarcheia, Athens.
All lectures and discussions are free to attend and will be held in Greek.
Full details of programme to download here and on the Museum of Cycladic Art website
Panel discussions on February 20, March 16, April 27, May 18.
Lectures: April 22, May 7, June 3 (unfortunately, the June 3 lecture, due to be delivered by Dr Sofia Voutsakis, has been cancelled)

IIHSA lectures 2014-15

Wednesday May 27th 2015
Dr Daniele Miano (University College Dublin)
'When Tyche met Fortuna: Aspects of Conceptual History of the Ancient Mediterranean'

Wednesday March 18th 2015
Dr Giorgos Papantoniou (Trinity College Dublin; IRC/Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow)
'Unlocking Sacred Landscapes': A Holistic Approach to Cypriot Sanctuaries and Religion
Further details and poster

Wednesday December 3rd 2014
Dr Shane Wallace (Trinity College Dublin)
Freedom and Democracy in Plutarch's "Life of Demetrios"
Further details and poster

Wednesday November 19th 2014
Dimitris Plantzos
The Archaeology of Memory: Argos Orestikon

Athens lecture series 2013-14
Public Archaeology/Archaeology and the Public

Wednesday May 28th 2014
Dr Konstantinos Kalantzis
Driving up to the Past: Materialities of Civil War Memories
Further details and poster
(Driving up to the Past is an ethnographic film about indigenous geographies of imagination, the sensory experiences of the past, and the complex entanglements between digging, browsing the landscape, and remembering local and global histories. The film will be shown for the first time, in its first rough cut. A conversation with the film’s director (K. Kalantzis) and sound designer (Giorgos Samantas) will follow)

Thursday December 19th 2013
Dr Eleni Stefanou (Hellenic Open University) and Dr Ioanna Antoniadou (INdpendent Researcher)
Experiencing the past through ethnography and heritage trails: designing an interactive tool for cultural tourism and education.
Further details and poster

Wednesday November 20th 2013
Despina Katapoti (University of the Aegean)
To own or to share? The crisis of the past at the onset of the 21st century.
(Further details and poster)

Thursday October 31st 2013
Ingrid Berg (University of Stockholm)
KALAUREIA 1894: Materiality in the mediation of the history of archaeology
(Further details and poster)


Special event on November 29, 2013:
An evening in memory of Seamus Heaney

heaney invite

— Programme —
Ambassador Charles Sheehan will introduce the event, while Irish Institute Director
Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood will introduce Professor Dillon.

Poems by the Nobel laureate and friend of Greece will be read by the poet
Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke in her translations and by the poet Yiorgos Chouliaras in the original.

Musician and musicologist Spyros Zambelis will sing two Heaney songs on the lyre.
Irish music will be performed by musician and ethnomusicologist Labri Giotto and
musician George Tsimbouksis.

Museum Admission is free.


Past lectures and events


Theoretical Archaeology Seminar at Athens - TASA 2014
Entanglement and Identity in the Mediterranean
Discussion led by Dr. Louise Hitchcock (Associate Professor, University of Melbourne)
May 16th, 2014, 7 pm. `
Further details:

Wednesday February 20th, 2013
The Epitaphic habit: textual and physical appropriation of cultural memory
in the Second Sophistic.

Dr Estelle Stradzins (University of Oxford)
(Further details:

Thursday March 21st, 2012
Measuring the strength of Middle Helladic traditions: a typological approach based on conservatism and innovation
Dr. Iro Mathioudaki (Directorship Of Museums, Exhibitions And Educational Programs; Ministry Of Culture)

Thursday April 11th, 2013
Zakynthian pots on the go: intra Island and off Island connections on the basis of survey ceramics
Dr. Nienke Pieters (Universiteit Van Amsterdam)

Thursday,18th April 2013
Venue: Ipitou 17b Plaka Athens
Embassy Of Ireland Lecture 2013
Periphery, core and diaspora: Irish and Greek migrations in the 19th and 20th centuries
Prof. Donald Macraild (University of Northumbria)
(Further details:

Monday, 29th April 2013
Reconstructing the coastal network between Eastern Attica and Kea during the Early Bronze Age II period: a view from the pottery.
Ms. Margarita Nazou (University College London)

Monday December 17th, 2012
Hellenistic settlements in the East: the case of Bactria-Sogdiana
Dr Michail Iliakis
(Further details:

Tuesday, March 13th 2012
New light on old data: a fresh look at the Pylian tombs in the palatial economy
Dr. Joanne Murphy (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Embassy Of Ireland Lecture 2012
Thursday, 22nd March 2012
Unburied history: religion and identity in Northern Ireland
Prof. Marianne Elliot (University of Liverpool)
At the Uindy Athens Cultural Centre (Goulandri-Horn Foundation), 5 Markou Avriliou/2 Kiristou & Lysiou Street Plaka

Thursday, April 5th 2012
The "other" Linear B: inscribed transport stirrup jars & Late Minoan IIIB political economies Dr. Vassilis Petrakis

Tuesday, 15th May 2012
The pottery from the Early Helladic II settlement at Koropi, Attica
Kerasia Douni (Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne; 2nd Ephorate of Prehistoric & Classical Antiquities, Athens)

Monday, 28th May 2012
Sulla, Athens and Mithridates
Dr. Alexander Thein (University College Dublin)

Wednesday December 7th 2011
Life at the fringe of the Greco-Roman world: the case of Halmyris
Dr. John Karavas (College Year Athens)

Wednesday November 9th 2011
How to Write History in the 13th Century: Nicetas Choniates
Prof. Theresa Urbainczyk (University College Dublin)
Further details

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Into the Mist, an exhibition of prints by Joel Elgin.
Opening: Friday November 4th 2011

The Embassy of Ireland are hosting an exhibition of prints inspired by Irish Megalithic Art and Irish Mythology.
The exhibition will be opened by Professor Muiris o’Sullivan (University College Dublin), an expert in Megalithic Art, at the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens on Friday November 4th at 8pm.
It will run until November 18th.

Further details


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UIndy Cultural Centre (Goulandri-Horn Foundation)
5 Markou Avriliou/2 Kiristou & Lysiou Street, Plaka

Thursday October 20th 2010 19.30

Poster - Abstract

Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens (IIHSA)

in association with

Ambasáid na hÉireann/The Embassy of Ireland
& University of Indianapolis

Present the Embassy of Ireland Lecture 2011

Tim Severin
De Navigatio: The Brendan Voyage

Monday April 11th 2011
A Bullet with Your Name on It and Other Such Military Communications
Dr. Amanda Kelly (National University of Ireland Galway)
See coverage in Kathimerini

Theoretical Archaeology Seminar at Athens - TASA
Monday January 17th 2011, 7 p.m.
Gender and Archaeology
(DIscussion led by Meryl Altman, Professor of Women’s Studies at DePauw University)
Further details here or contact:

Friday April 29th 2011
House of Muksas: Aegean Origins of an Iron Age Cilician Dynasty
Hüseyin Çinar Öztürk (University of Cincinnati)

Tuesday 24th May 2011
Ceramic Fabrics from the Sikyon Survey Project
Conor Trainor (Trinity College Dublin)

Wednesday 16th March 2011
Materiality, Relationality and Self-Construction:
Lithics and Individuals in the Palaeolithic Record of Greece

Dr. Fotini Korfidou (University of Southampton)

Professor Muiris O’Sullivan
(University College Dublin)

Sanctuaries of the Ancestors
The Hill of Tara and Other Sacred Landscapes of Ancient Ireland

Wednesday March 9th 2011
at 7.30pm

For abstract and poster


Wednesday 26th January 2011
What's in the Name? How to Interpret a 'Goddess'
Katarzyna Zeman-Wisniewska (Trinity College Dublin)

Theoretical Archaeology Seminar at Athens - TASA
Monday January 17th 2011, 7 p.m.
Linguistics and Archaeology
(DIscussion led by Hüseyin Çinar Öztürk, University of CIncinnati)
Further details here or contact:

Katherine Harrell
(Jacob Hirsch Fellow, American School of Classical Studies at Athens)
A War of Words: Cultures of Honour in the Early Mycenaean Bronze Age
December 2nd 2010, 7.30 p.m.

Ambasáid na hÉireann
Embassy of Ireland
Lecture 2010

Professor Michael Clarke
(National University Ireland, Galway)


Thursday October 21st at 7 p.m.

Further details and poster

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Orientalism and Anglo-Irish scholarship 1740-1810
in the Gennadius Library, Athens

Symposium and Exhibition

Date: June 4th 2010
Venue: IIHSA & Gennadius Library, Athens

The symposium is to be held in the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens on June 4th in collaboration with the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin, the Gennadius Library, Athens, supported by the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies Research Strand in Material and Visual Culture. The symposium will be concluded with an exhibition of these precious holdings in the Gennadius Library, Athens.

Symposium programme
; Symposium poster



Ambasáid na hÉireann
The Embassy of Ireland

in association withGreek Irish Society (GIS)
Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens (IIHSA)
University of Indianapolis

Cordially invites you to attend a concert by the renowned exponent of world music

Ross Daly

University of Indianapolis Cultural Centre (Goulandri-Horn Foundation)
5 Markou Avriliou/2 Kiristou & Lysiou Street, Plaka

Friday April 30th 2010 19.30,
Admission Free
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Theoretical Archaeology Seminar at Athens - TASA
Social Memory in Archaeology
(Discussion led by Dr Yannis Hamilakis)
19th May 2010
Further details here or contact:

Michael Iliakis (University of Liverpool)
Representations of Bactrians in Achaemenid and Hellenistic Art
29th April 2010Theoretical Archaeology Seminar at Athens - TASA
Mortuary Practices April 15th 2010, 6.30 pm
Further details here or contact:

Duncan Howitt-Marshall (University of Cambridge)
The Maritime Cultural Landscape of Western Cyprus: Underwater
Archaeological Investigations 2002-2007
23rd March 2010

Dr. Angelos Papadopoulos (Department of Antiquities, Cyprus)
The Mycenaeans 'Abroad': New Light on Old Excavations from Cyprus
11th March 2010

Dr. Vasilis Tsamis (Wessex Archaeology)
Archaeology of the Senses; Everyday Practices in Late Bronze Age
Macedonia, Greece
26th February 2010

Dr. Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood (University College Dublin, IIHSA)
Challenging a Landscape: The Livatho Valley Survey Project, Kephalonia, Six
Years on

11th February 2010

Guy Rusha

Painting and Sculpture

Opening reception
Thursday December 10th 2009
8 pm

For information on Guy Rusha and his work

guy rusha

Theoretical Archaeology Seminar at Athens - TASA
Anachronistic Identities?
Friday December 17th 2009, 6.30 pm
Further details here or contact: Wallace (University of Edinburgh)
Adeimantos of Lampsakos in the Hellenic League of Demetrios Poliorketes (302/1 BC)
November 18th 2009, 7 p.m.

Theoretical Archaeology Seminar at Athens - TASA
Imitation in Archaeology
Friday November 6th 2009, 6.30 pm
Further details here or contact:

IIHSA and the Canadian Institute in Greece
An Excursion to Ancient Sikyon and the Nemea Area
April 11th 2009

IIHSA, Greek-Irish Society and the Embassy of Ireland present
‘A Session for St. Patrick’s' – A Free Evening of Live Irish Music
A three part programme by Irish composer Peter O'Leary;
featuring Elli Kosteletou (fiddle), Petros Boteas (guitar), Allan Massie (flute), Peter O"Leary (voice)
March 20th, 8 pm

Theoretical Archaeology Seminar at Athens - TASA
The Archaeology of Ritual and Religion
Saturday March 14th 2009, 4 pm.
Further details here; or contact:

Dr Constantin Doulamis (Dept of Classics, University College Cork)
Where Greece and Ireland Met: The Ancient Greek World in the Work of George Moore
April 22nd 2009

Dr. Ioannis Georganas
‘Kicking the Bucket in Early Iron Age Thessaly: Tombs and Burial Customs'
March 5th 2009, 8 pm.
(Dr Georganas is a Researcher (Antiquity) at the Foundation of the Hellenic World and President of the Athens-Greece Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. His research is primarily in the area of Early Iron Age Greece with an emphasis on burial customs, weapons and warfare. He is also a member of the Combat Archaeology Research Project)

Professor John Dillon (Director, IIHSA; Emeritus Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin)
'Popular Philosophy in a Neoplatonic Mode - the Letters of Iamblichus'
March 9th 2009, 8 pm

His Sources and Influence

The Centre for Ancient Philosophy and the Classical Tradition at Novosibirsk, Russia (, the Olympic Centre for Philosophy & Culture, Greece (, and the Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens invite philosophers to take part in a seminar "Jamblichos. His Sources and Influence",
Athens, Greece, 8-10th, March, 2009.

IIHSA Events and Lectures 2008 Colloquium:
Archaeology in Greek Caves: Recent Developments
Fri/Sat, May 23rd/24th 2008 - further information

Dr Richard Witt
Two battered heroes: modern Greece and modern Ireland
May 14th 2008
(in association with the formal Athens launch by Professor John Dillon of the IIHSA publication, The Lure of Greece)

Prof. Brian Arkins (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Are there Greek themes in Shakespeare?
April 30th 2008

Dr. Peter McKay (Queen’s University, Belfast)
Air muir fìon-dhorcha / on a wine-dark sea: Scottish Gaelic, Ireland and Greece
April 23rd 2008        

Dr. Sara Strack (Athens)
Dorian Ware, Ionian Ware – Some thoughts concerning pots and people at the Bronze Age- Iron Age transition
March 26th 2008

Dr. Christine Morris (Trinity College Dublin)
Creating a 'European' Goddess: Arthur Evans and the Minoan Divine Feminine
Preceded by a short talk on The Irish Institute’s archaeological activities in Greece, 2001-7)
March 19th 2008      

Mr. Jorrit Kelder (Athens)
Olives and Oil. Royal connections between Mycenae and Egypt
February 28th 2008          

Catherine Bouras (French School at Athens)
The Aegean Sea during the Roman Period: Changing harbour spaces
January 17th 2008


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