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Details of the call for papers and the registration form


The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens is pleased to call for applications for the position of Assistant Director to replace the current holder of the position whose term of office expires in October 2019. The position, in the form of a fellowship, is available initially for the period of one year, renewable for a maximum of three years. We offer accommodation in the IIHSA premises at Exarcheia, which is inclusive of electricity, heating, internet and other expenses, and the use of the facilities for their own research. The appointee will receive a yearly stipend of € 5,200 for duties relating to the running of the Institute as itemised below. The position would suit a student at an advanced stage of, or having recently completed, their PhD or a postdoctoral fellow with a complementary grant or income. The appointee will work in close collaboration with the IIHSA Director.
Required: A good knowledge of Greece, and particularly Athens; Proof of administrative
experience; Excellent organizational skills; Excellent time-keeping, Good knowledge of modern Greek an advantage.
Closing date for applications: Friday 9 August 2019 (now closed).

Further details here

newsletter 2018

IIHSA Newsletter 2018

Download the 2018 Newsletter here.

Keep in touch with our news,
archaeological projects,
and student activities
through our annual newsletter.

Past Newsletters:

Download the 2017 Newlsetter here
Download the 2016 Newsletter here
Download the 2015 Newsletter here
Download the 2014 Newsletter here
Download the 2013 Newsletter here
Download the 2012 Newsletter here.
Download the 2011 Newsletter here.

If you would prefer to receive a print copy
please contact us


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Presentations to the President on the occasion of his State visit to Greece.
Receiving the large diptych with his latest poems, with Irish Ambassador Mrs Orla O'Hanrahan to the right; Right: the President receiving with the booklet with the translation of his poems.

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Presentations to the President on the occasion of his State visit to Greece: the President receiving a signed copy of The Lure of Greece, published by the IIHSA. From left: President Higgins, Dr Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood (IIHSA Director); Mrs Anna Malikourtis (IIHSA Patron)

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(poster; full programme; abstracts of workshop)

Enquiries please to Natalie Lough:
Full programme and Booking form

IIHSA Day School poster migrations


IIHSA 20th Anniversary lecture
Nikolas Papadimitriou (Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens)
'Re-imagining the Past? Museums and Greek Antiquity in the 21st Century'

May 6, 2016 at 7 pm
University College Dublin, Newman Building, Theatre Q

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At the beginning of 21st century, the world has little resemblance to what it was when heritage museums were first established, more than 200 years ago. Classical Greek antiquity was a major point of reference then, but how relevant is it to society today? What is the response of museums to the challenges posed by current socio-political conditions, and how do they re-interpret the notion of “Classical” in the framework of post-modernity?

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the IIHSA, Dr Nikolas Papadimitriou, Curator of Antiquities at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, will explore the meaning and value of "Classical” for modern societies and will discuss advances in museological approaches in Greece and abroad.


IIHSA DAY SCHOOL 2016: Recreating the Past (further details)

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The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens (IIHSA) invites applications by students from Irish universities for two travel bursaries to Greece. There are two bursaries (one of which is sponsored by Odaios Foods), each to the value of € 500 (to cover travel to Greece and accommodation in the Institute’s hostel or equivalent) for the duration of a minimum of two weeks research in Greece. The bursary winners will also be awarded free IIHSA membership for the year, which will entitle them to free access to archaeological sites and museums, and academic libraries in Athens.

Deadline for applications: Friday, December 18th 2015.
Full details here (pdf).


A lecture by Professor Brian Arkins on Greek themes in Yeats, @ Maynooth University, October 15th, 2015

Yeats lecture Oct 2015

"James Cavanah-Murphy's (1760-1814) Arabian Antiquities of Spain at the Gennadius Library: a contribution to nineteenth century colour theory in Europe"
Organiser: Dr Lynda Mulvin in collaboration with the Gennadius Library, a 'Work in Progress' Seminar on James Cavanah Murphy.
September 10th, 2015 at 7.30 pm at the Gennadius Library, Athens.
Anyone interested to attend should get in touch with Lynda (, as places are limited.

Congratulations to the three students awarded IIHSA travel bursaries for their research projects in 2014-15.
Stephen Burgess, Maynooth University
(Visibility of women in classical Athens)
Venina Kalistratova, (Trinity College Dublin)
(Boar hunting from the Bronze Age to Classical times)
Elise Poppen, Trinity College Dublin
(Panhellenic games in the Roman period)

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

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


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IIHSA Newsletter 2014

Download the 2014 Newsletter here.

Keep in touch with our news,
archaeological projects,
and student activities
through our annual newsletter.

Past Newsletters:
Download the 2013 Newsletter here
Download the 2012 Newsletter here.
Download the 2011 Newsletter here.

If you would prefer to receive a print copy
please contact us


Special event: An evening in memory of Seamus Heaney

(Full programme)



IIHSA Day School

Science in the Greek and Roman Worlds
celebrating Dublin City of Science 2012

Saturday November 24th 2012
Venue: UCD School of Classics, Newman Building, Belfield, Room K217



iihsa library internship


The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens (IIHSA) offers ONE four to six-week internship at its premises in Athens for the academic year 2012-13, preferably to take place in the period October- December 2012, but in any case no later than May/June 2013. The IIHSA will offer free accommodation and working space in Athens for the duration. Travel to and from Athens up to 300 euros will also be covered.
Closing date: August 18th 2012



The IIHSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood as Director of the Institute from January 2012, succeeding Professor John Dillon.

Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood was born in Athens. Her first qualification was in archaeological conservation (University of London), which was followed by work as a conservator in Italy, Scotland, U.K and Ireland. She obtained her BA in Archaeology from Edinburgh University and PhD from Liverpool University. Since 1995 has been curating the University College Dublin Classical Museum and lecturing in Greek art and archaeology at the School of Classics, University College Dublin.

Her research interests focus on the Greek Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, with a regional focus on the Ionian Islands, but through her teaching and museum work she has also developed an interest in Greek vases, iconography and museum collections. Since 2003 she has devoted her energies to directing the Livatho Valley Survey (LVS) project on Kephalonia, which is now moving towards study seasons.

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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

View photos from the lecture facebook

brendan voyage

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

Thursday October 20th 2010 at 19.30


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John Dillon in front of a statue to Plato,
outside the Academy in Athens

On June 15, 2010, in recognition of his significant and original contribution to the study of Greek philosophy, John Dillon was formally elected a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens

He is one of the few foreigners, and the first Irish academic, to have received this singular honour.

Professor Dillon belongs to a family which over generations has contributed much to Irish public life and education. His father Myles Dillon was a renowned Celtic scholar. His uncle, James Dillon, was the popular and colourful politician, leader of Fine Gael and Minister for Agriculture. His grandfather was the famous Roscommon land reform agitator, John Dillon, MP and last leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.

Professor Dillon studied at King's Inns, UCD, and Oxford; he took his PhD at Berkeley in California. He recently retired as Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin, and has since devoted much of his time to promote the development of the Irish Institute in Athens.

Professor Dillon is recognised as one of the top international scholars of Platonist philosophy; he has published almost thirty books, and nearly 150 articles. Plato set up his school in the sacred grove named after the legendary hero Akademos. We congratulate John Dillon on having been appointed to the present day Academy of Athens.

For an interview with John Dillon:
A Passion for Plato
(Damian Mac Con Uladh in the Athens News)


The Lure of Greece: the IIHSA is pleased to announce the publication of the proceedings of its conference in Galway in 2003.

John Victor Luce, Christine Morris, Christina Souyoudzoglou-Haywood, eds. 2007.

The Lure of Greece Irish Involvement in Greek Culture, Literature, History and Politics. Dublin: Hinds.ISBN 987-0-952836-6-7

Cost: 29 euro; Order form available here.

Pictures from the launch in Dublin on May 23rd 2008 here


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