The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens invites you to the inaugural Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series on the Impact of Greek Culture. World-renowned historian and award-winning author Dr. Peter Frankopan will present the first of his three-part series of lectures, "Global Greece: A History," on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Cotsen Hall on the American School's campus in Athens, Greece. Subsequent lectures will be presented in the United States in 2022. All lectures will also be livestreamed on the School's website at this link.

Thalia Potamianos Annual Lecture Series


Lecture One: "Greece: Beginnings"
Thursday, October 7, 2021
7 p.m. EEST/12 p.m. EDT
Cotsen Hall, Athens

Lecture Two: "Greece: Legacies"
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Time to be announced
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

Lecture Three: "Greece: Futures"
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Time to be announced
St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City

Peter Frankopan

Dr. Peter Frankopan (photo by Johnny Ring)


Dr. Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is Stavros Niarchos Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. His lectures will examine the role that Greece, Greek culture, literature, and language have played over the course of more than two and a half millennia. Rather than exploring the familiar and limited Mediterranean context, they are looked at from a global perspective, allowing not only a better understanding of world history but of Greece itself.

Please click here to learn more about Dr. Frankopan.


Established in June 2020, the Thalia Potamianos Annual Lectures Series seeks to create a stimulating environment to draw both the academic community and the general public to the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Every year, a highly distinguished, internationally renowned scholar is selected to conduct research and develop programs on a topic relevant to the Gennadius Library. The research will culminate in a minimum of three annual public lectures, which will be delivered in Athens and the United States.

The Thalia Potamianos lectures are being made possible by a generous grant from Phokion Potamianos, an Overseer of the Gennadius Library. Mr. Potamianos named the series in memory of his grandmother, a distinguished Greek doctor, academic, and philanthropist.

Please click here to learn more about this lecture series.