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The West meets Byzantium: unexpected consequences of the Council of Ferrara-Florence, 1438-9

May 25, 2010 19:00

ASCSA, Cotsen Hall, 9 Anapiron Polemou, 106 76 Athens


Presented by

Gennadius Library


Judith Herrin, King’s College

Maria Smali, 210-7210536, ext. 101

Historian Judith Herrin, Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow in Byzantine Studies and Fellow of King’s College London will deliver the fourth joint Gennadius Library and the S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Lecture on “The West meets Byzantium: unexpected consequences of the Council of Ferrara-Florence, 1438-9” on Tuesday, May 25th at 7 pm in Cotsen Hall (9 Anapiron Polemou street).

The lecture will be delivered in English and there will be simultaneous translation into Greek.


Judith Herrin studied history at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, receiving her doctorate from the latter; she has also worked in Athens, Paris and Munich, and held the post of Stanley J. Seeger Professor in Byzantine History, Princeton University before taking up her appointment as the second Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King’s. Upon her retirement in 2008 she became a Research Fellow in the Department.  She has worked as an archeologist with the British School at Athens and on the site of Kalenderhane Mosque in Istanbul as a fellow of Dumbarton Oaks.

She is best known for her books, The Formation of Christendom (London 1989),  Women in Purple (London, 2000), and Byzantium: the Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire (London, 2007); she has also published widely on Byzantine archaeology and other fields. Her current research interests include women in Byzantium and Byzantium in relation to Islam and the West. In 2002 she was awarded the Golden Cross of Honour by the President of the Hellenic Republic of Greece.