The aim of this course is to give you the opportunity to have an overall view and appreciation of Greek history and culture, from the Homeric and Classical age, through the Hellenistic and Roman times, the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine period to the modern world. Its diachronic and interdisciplinary nature enables you to examine the elements which characterise Hellenic culture through the centuries, at the same time helping you to acquire a deeper knowledge of a certain period and discipline; including philosophy, history, law, religion, theatre, language, literature, papyrology and palaeography.
The Hellenic Institute, established in 1993, brings together two areas of teaching and research in which Royall Holloway has long excelled: the study of the language, literature and history of Ancient Greece, based largely in the Department of Classics and Philosophy, but also in the Department of Drama and Theatre, and Byzantine Studies, which have always found a home in the Department of History.
It aims to consolidate existing strengths and to extend them by promoting the study of the Hellenic traditional across the centuries from archaic and classical Greece, through the Byzantine period, to the modern world.
- The Hellenic Institute seeks to bring together at a national and international level all those who share its interests. We collaborate closely with other Colleges and research centres in the University of London, including the Institute of Classical Studies, the Institute of Historical Research and the Warburg Institute, as well as the British Library, Lambeth Palace Library and The Hellenic Centre, a cultural meeting place for the Greek community in London.
- We maintain links with universities overseas, especially in Greece and Cyprus. Scholars from the Universities of Athens, Ioannina and Cyprus regularly visit the Institute as part of collaborative research, offering their expertise to our students and members of staff.
- The Institute organises a range of lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops and other events for students, scholars and the wider public, giving the opportunity to engage with experts in the field.
- We receive funding in support of our activities from the Ministries of Culture and Education of the Hellenic Republic, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the Hellenic Foundation, the Orthodox Cultural Association (Athens), The Friends of the Hellenic Institute and private donors.
- The Institute offers a number of annual fees-only studentships, bursaries and other awards in support of its students.
Department research and industry highlights
Collaborative research includes: - Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus - Seminar on Editing Byzantine Texts - Byzantine Autographs - A Catalogue of the Greek Manuscript Collection of Lambeth Palace Library - The Porphyrogenitus Project: Lexicon of Abbreviations and Ligatures in Greek - Minuscule Hands, c.800-c.1600 - Lexicon of Terms used in Palaeography, Codicology and Diplomatics - Triadic Monarchy: The Concept of Monarchy in the Triadology of the Greek Fathers - - Ecclesiological Repercussions and the Monastic Model - The Greek Population of Rhodes under Hospitaller Rule - The Greek Community in London, 1500-1945.
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- a detailed knowledge and understanding of the methodologies of Hellenic Studies and their limitations
- an understanding of advanced, current research issues relevant to the discipline
- an awareness of the multiplicity of material available and the strengths and weaknesses of the various forms of historical information
- a general appreciation of the varied and interlinked methodologies for understanding Greek antiquity, Byzantium, the post-Byzantine period and the Modern Greek world
- the reading and understanding of ancient, medieval and modern Greek texts, both in print and in manuscript
- a grasp of literary criticism necessary for understanding and appreciating the style of ancient, medieval and modern Greek authors
- an awareness of the main forms of material available to those studying Classical antiquity, the Byzantine, Post-Byzantine and Modern Greek world.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, written examinations and a dissertation.
Employability & career opportunities
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different areas, including careers as researchers, museum staff and teachers in secondary education. A considerable number of our graduates pursue MPhil/PhD studies in the field of Greek History and Culture at the Hellenic Institute of Royal Holloway and at other universities in Britain and abroad.